aSTEAM Village, Inc.
1600 Paseo Blvd.
Kansas City MO 64108
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 535-0939
Mission Statement
Our mission is to inspire students and families to pursue education and career pathways in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM), through community-based project learning and innovative programs.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. William Wells Jr.
Board Chair Mr. Chester Thompson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired, Bendix
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Our mission is to inspire students and families to pursue education and career pathways in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM), through community-based project learning and innovative programs.
Background Statement
aSTEAM Village (aSV) developed robotic teams at Benjamin Banneker Chartered Academy of Technology (BBCAT) and also worked with St. Peter’s Catholic School and Academy Lafayette French Immersion School in starting robotics programs for their students. aSV robotics teams were invited to three World Festival Expos in St. Louis, MO where they won the “First Class, Inquiring Minds and the Amazing Movement Awards”. Our robotics teams also won the prestigious Champion’s Award, two Gracious Professionalism awards and two Presentation awards before moving into the NSBE FIRST robotics region. aSTEAM Village also hosted Community STEAM Day, Train the Teacher Workshops, and Computer Coding workshops. We also worked with other KC metropolitan schools to participate in the National Center for Earth Space Science Education’s Student Spaceflight Experiments Program which successfully sent four student experiments to the International Space Station. The fruits of the students' hard work paid off with student teams receiving invitations to a VIP tour of NASA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Facility. Students from Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy of Technology (BBCAT), St. Peter’s, Crossroads Academy and Della Lamb Charter School sent experiments and mission patches to the International Space Station and made history by being the first elementary and middle school students in the state of Missouri to participate in America’s Space Program. 
Our youth in the aSTEAM Village Programs have won several awards by competing in competitions in St. Louis, MO, Wallops, VA, Anaheim, CA, Boston, MA, Miami, FL, Houston, TX and through the Kansas City area.
Our organization continues to focus on collaboratively working with other schools and organizations to fulfill our vision and mission for STEaM education access, not just aSV students, but for the entire Kansas City community.
Impact Statement
2016 Accomplishments: 
  • Our robotics and race car engineering teams went to the 43rd Annual National Society of Black Engineers Convention to compete where both teams won awards and our race car engineering team earned their second consecutive invitation to the National STEM League National Finals.
  • Two of our students, Courtney and Cameran Crawford were selected to attend the prestigious West Point Academy STEM Camp.
  • One of our interns was selected from our program for a paid summer internship at HNTB Corporation and another one of our interns is now working for the Cerner Corporation as a trainer for their Electronic Medical Records system. Both interns received their I.T. training from our program. 
2017 Goals: 
  • Have our robotics and race car engineering teams repeat as winners at the 43rd Annual National Society of Black Engineers Convention that will be held in Kansas City, MO in 2017. We also would like to see at least three of our seven teams earn invitations to the respective robotics and race car engineering world championships.
  • We would like to increase our students served number to 150.
  • We would like to be able to place at least 20 adults in internships or jobs in the I.T. sector.
Needs Statement
Our most pressing needs are as follows:
  • Facility space to permanently house the student practices
  • Financing for student programs, equipment, travel, and meals.
  • Volunteers
  • Engineers, I.T. and Mathematic Professionals as mentors/coaches
  • 7 paid full-time staff to expand the program and the number of students and families served by the program.
Service Categories
Educational Services
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Message from Chairman: 
aSTEAM Village is closing a very productive year with many successes in student learning and outstanding results in competitions held across the United States and job placement in major corporations in the Kansas City area. All of these activities are preparing our students and young adults for a future in the 21st century workforce. 
Our ultimate goal is to create an aSTEAM Village facility, centrally located in the urban area and easily accessible to public transportation. Our key success indicator will be the adoption and migration of best practices developed in our programs and their integration into the regular school STEAM curriculum resulting in students and adults that are prepared to participate on a level playing field in the 21st century. 
aSTEAM Village model provides direct and one on one interactions between the learners and teachers and is an influential part of delivering a quality education. 
Several years ago Daniel Bell wrote the following regarding the postindustrial society. “Differential status and differential income are based on technical skills and higher education. Without achievements one cannot fulfill the requirements of the new social division of labor which is a feature of that society. And there are few high places open without those skills.” — Daniel Bell
It is important that we realize that entry into the Fourth Industrial Revolution is underway and is a critical step that must be a part of everyday lives for our youth and young adults in this country and particularly in the urban areas. Large numbers of African Americans and Hispanics lack the theoretical knowledge and technical skills required for participation in the New Economy as well as the newly defined Fourth Industrial Revolution... aSTEAM Village model provides direct and face - to - face interaction between the learners and teachers and is an influential part of delivering a quality education.
Another important provision of the aSTEAM curriculum is that it is designed to address this major challenge by providing certificates that recognize skill level at any equivalent school education or equivalent grade levels from K –12 that prepares them for jobs early in their careers. Given the fact that the tech industry is changing at a fast pace and in the process creating new jobs, potential employees with necessary skills are not graduating fast enough to fill the demand. That’s why we believe that aSTEAM Village and its model is vital to not only assisting in filling these voids but concurrently contributing to reduce economic inequalities that exist in urban America today.
The curriculum at aSTEAM Village offers under-represented youth the opportunity and challenge to expand their creative minds.
These opportunities are provided by learning computer coding and website design, creating robotics design with different levels of competition (Grades K-12). Our Teens are involved in race car challenges that cultivate their skills in team engaged sports, especially auto racing, automation and navigation.
The program offers certification in Internet Technology (IT) for high school students, young adults and family members seeking a new career pathway. The curriculum also offers a course in financial management and budgeting for families.
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Students have increased their knowledge in computer skills including coding and design, race care engineering, importance of team work and showing gracious professionalism. They experience travel to various states to compete in competitions, giving the opportunity to experience seeing what it like to compete with persons from around the world. They have won several rewards competing including being chosen to visit NASA’s Mid-regional Spaceflight Center to send their project and patch to the national space station. Students expressed that participating in the program has given them more courage, self-confidence, self- esteem, problem solving skills, and relationship building.
Long-Term Success
The ultimate goal is to prepare youth, young adults and parents for the challenge of the fourth industrial revolution. With a focus on teaching computational thinking and building our program based on the foundation and adoption of the FIRST Robotics Core Values, aSTEAM Village is able to accelerate the preparedness of 21st century problem solvers who are critical thinkers and cooperative learners who are engaged and eager to expand their learning because now their brains are activated and deprogrammed from being receivers of information to producers of information.
According to a report produced by the Black Point Policy Solutions, LLC for the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), “STEM occupations are among the highest-paying, fastest-growing, and most influential in driving economic growth and innovation. Individuals employed in STEM fields enjoy low unemployment, prosperity, and career flexibility. In short, STEM education is a powerful foundation for individual and societal economic success.”
Program Success Monitored By
  • When teachers and parents let the program director know that the child’s math scores have increased, excited about attending the program and when parents thank you for making such a program available for their child. 
  • When a young man who was an intern in the program was chosen for a summer intern with a major engineering firm.
  • When a teacher completed IT Certification program to change career pathway.
Examples of Program Success
  1. "Since I've been at the robotics program I've learned soft skills, teamwork, and just robotics in general. This program teaches you about robots and or cars, but most importantly it teaches you how to speak up and not be afraid of putting your opinion out there. It prepares you for the real world." – Syndey
  2. "My years at aSTEAM Village have been challenging and informative. I experienced some rough times, to the point of wanting to quit, but I stayed and it paid off. My Ten80 Team won the ‘Raising Star’award at the NSBE convention competition in Boston, MA and received a wild card to compete in the National Competition in Miami, FL." – Seamus
  3. "Robotics is a very fun and educational experience. Some of the things you get to learn are core values, programming, computer coding and how to build remote control cars and robots. My sister and I were chosen to attend West Point Military Academy STEM camp where we were able to discover new things, solve problems, and learn science and engineering work." – Courtney
  4. "I think aSTEAM Village is one of the best organizations that I’ve been involved in. I’ve been there about five years and it has evolved over the years. Throughout the years, there is one thing we always kept in our minds ‘The use of Gracious Professionalism’." – Tony
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. William Wells Jr.
Term Start Jan 2015
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 10
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Chester Thompson
Company Affiliation Retired, Bendix
Term Nov 2014 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Mr. Thomas Estlund Lockton Companies
Ms. Penny High ABC Company
Mr. James Jenkins Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy
Ms. Kordie Marsenburg Community Volunteer
Mr. Chester Thompson Retired, Bendix
Mrs. Joyce Wells Retired, Ross Laboratories
Mr. William Wells Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $70,000
Projected Expenses $70,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014: Financials reported using the Internal Financial Documents provided by the organization.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$47,702$65,049$24,689
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.010.760.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
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Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
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Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
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Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name aSTEAM Village, Inc.
Address 1600 Paseo Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary Phone (816) 535-0939
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. William Wells Jr.
Board Chair Mr. Chester Thompson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired, Bendix
Year of Incorporation 2014