Building a STEAM LAB at El Sol Academy

Converting Student Dreams to Reality

As pioneers in the field of integrated learning, El Sol understands S.T.E.A.M. classes blend innovative pedagogy into the classroom by engaging students in application, creation, and ingenuity.

Studies show significant benefits to introducing STEAM curriculum to students in elementary and middle school grades:


  • Provides readiness for high school’s college preparatory courses 
  • Integrates diverse backgrounds and learning experiences
  • Raises ambition for secondary education
  • Develops creativity, leadership skills and ethical problem solving
  • Inspires a STEAM career path

El Sol Science and Arts Academy in Santa Ana was once called “the little school that could and did.”  Indeed, because of its academic success, it’s not so little anymore.  El Sol now provides a transformational education to nearly 1,000 students, giving traditionally underserved kids the education they deserve, to dream about their future and to believe their lives can be better.  Many of its graduates have gone on to top ranked colleges and universities.
We must give these students a chance to convert their dreams to reality!  To complement and enhance its already existing STEAM program, El Sol has granted priority to the development of a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) Lab in existing space on its 2.8-acre site. It’s a real need!  The STEAM Lab, once funded and completed, will be staffed with high tech experts, volunteer mentors from OC’s high tech industry, its arts communities and faculty from nearby universities.  Acquisition of threshold learning tools including laser cutters, 3D printers, computer aided design tools, and robotic kits, as well as the inclusion of drafting and workspaces will permit students to apply STEAM learning to community problems.
Over the years, we have asked El Sol students about their future dreams.  We were not surprised to hear they want to become scientists, engineers, astronauts, physicists… and more. Our STEAM Lab’s success will inspire student creativity, encourage students to go to college and begin to think about mobile careers in the high tech sector.
Your support of our STEAM Lab will fund a Lab Coordinator and the development of curriculum and Lab equipment.  The first year cost of the initiative is $100,000 and we need your help to make it happen!
The Foundation hopes to secure the funds in time to open the STEAM Lab before the beginning of the 2018 school year.  Will you consider supporting the STEAM Lab Fund with a tax-deductible gift?  Your gift will allow El Sol to leverage other gifts and open the STEAM Lab earlier than its planned summer opening next year.

To learn more about how to make a tax-deductible gift to fund our  STEAM Lab at El Sol Academy
contact Teddie Ray at
or Marshall Kaplan at