Welcome to The Science Squad. We're a Big Rapids area nonprofit dedicated to promoting scientific education and exposure for the youth of Western and Central Michigan.
Established in 2016
In early 2016, Director Arya Rao founded The Science Squad to increase interest in STEM in Mecosta and surrounding counties as a result of a prevalent lack of scientific initiatives in the area. Subsequently, The Science Squad started the first area science fair for middle and high school students, and reaches out to students around the world in similar situations through the Lecture Series.
Our goal is simple- to ensure that youth in rural areas receive adequate scientific education that may not have been provided otherwise. We hope to nurture the scientific way of thinking among all youth, in Western Michigan and elsewhere. By establishing programs that encourage scientific exploration and that introduce scientific concepts, we hope to acheive this mission.
Meet the Team
Arya Rao, Founder and Director
Arya Rao is a current sophomore at Columbia University in the City of New York. Originally from Big Rapids, Michigan, she was inspired to start The Science Squad when she faced a profound lack of science education resources as a student from a rural area. She seeks to improve access in every possible way.
If you are interested in pursuing an internship with The Science Squad, please visit our internships page.
Rachel Hu is a junior at Newport High School in Bellevue, Washington. She is passionate about bringing enhanced STEM education to students across the country, and hopes to become an inventor in the future by pursuing computer science and mechanical engineering. Besides that, you can find her marching with the school band, hiking, and creating visual art.