What We Do : Programs


HF Boys Building LegosInnovation can help our region STEAM ahead.

Advancing Innovative ideas has always been a cornerstone of America’s prosperity. Through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, and Mathematics) learning opportunities, many youth discover careers they may have not thought about can be creative and fun paths leading to meaningful and profitable employment

In addition to STEAM-related knowledge, skills and ideas, 21st century employers repeatedly voice the need for highly qualified and skilled workers with solid problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity skills along with the ability to work well with others. These are all areas focused on in Heartland Foundation’s emPowerU programs including those featuring Lego® Robotics, Bio Bus Physics and Kitchen Chemistry, movie-making, fun science experiments, design forums, and more.

IMG_0126STEAM Camps for Kids by emPowerU®

In an effort to bring more STEAM experiential learning to youth in the region, Heartland Foundation has held several STEAM-related camps at their St. Joseph, MO campus and in King City, MO over the past few years. Due to their popularity with students, parents, and teachers, more camps are being scheduled.

The first camp of 2016 features video game creation through Scalable Game Design! Sessions are for students entering Grades 5-8 and will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. between May 17 – June 3, 2016. Click on the black button to download additional information and the application.


Impact our region’s future economy by investing in our youth today.

If you are interested in helping Heartland Foundation expand its ability to provide STEAM resources and activities throughout the heart of the heartland, please donate now to our ign!te Investment Campaign and designate your gift to STEAM Xploratorium. For more information about the specific program features, please contact 816.271.7200 or info@heartlandfoundation.org.


Heartland Foundation is proud to have recently become a Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Partner.