• Undergraduate
  • Graduate

World Learning’s STEAM Innovations is an inclusive and engaging virtual exchange program to reach underserved youth in Algeria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the United States that culminates in a collaborative community project that addresses a local or global issue in an entrepreneurial way. The program optimizes participant engagement, cross-cultural exchange, and skill development around STEAM discovery, civic engagement, language learning, and entrepreneurship. Program participants also receive guidance to identify personal pathways to STEAM-related careers.


STEAM Innovations participants complete 10 weeks of independent curriculum on Canvas and weekly synchronous, facilitated discussions over Discord. The curriculum is structured into five modules and covers self and career discovery, technical STEAM skills, civic responsibility, problem solving, and creative thinking. Participants learn Encoding (Java processing), Arduino electronics, virtual robotics, web development, Curiosity Machine, and artificial intelligence in preparation for their final projects. The program ends with reflection time for future career planning.

Program Details

Number of Participants


U.S. States and Territories Reached
  • All U.S. States and Territories
Countries and Territories Reached
  • Algeria
  • Iraq
  • Saudi Arabia
Length of Exchange

Eight weeks (four to six hours a week)

If you are interested in bringing this program to your institution, complete this form. If you would like to receive recruitment materials for spreading the word about this opportunity with young people, learn more here.

STEAM Innovations is implemented by World Learning and is supported by the J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative (JCSVEI). JCSVEI is a U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs program administered by the Aspen Institute.