STEMgem is a wearable smart device kit that empowers you to build real, useful and relevant tech. Create innovative products and experience the impact you can have! By MIT engineers & Harvard educators. What will you create?

    How Does STEMgem Work?

    Build your own wearable from our kit, and connect to our online programming environment. You can customize your device for your sport, health, social channels, and more.
    Build your own app! All you need is a phone, Chromebook, or iPad. No prior coding skills required. In minutes, you'll show text on the display of your wearable and create a mobile app to go with it.
    Put on your STEMgem and wear it for sports and your day-to-day activities! Definitely let your friends be a part of this. It is so empowering to design and create real, purposeful tech.
    Connect to our community and share your ideas and code! Literally reinvent yourself and try new things to go with new hobbies and sports. You're unstoppable!
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    The best tech starts with you.


    Participants learn about user-centric design, creativity methods and people skills.


    Completely new approaches solve problems in meaningful ways. Participants own their creations.

    Girls in Tech

    Increase female participation in technology related fields by opening up pathways that focus on people and creativity.

    Mindset Change

    Students get real-life exposure and gain real-world experience in a personally meaningful way.

    Girls' Confidence Increase After 2-Hour Workshop with STEMgem

    Tech (Hardware) Creation Skills
    Create a Product People Like / Use
    “I like STEMgem because it is so easy to use. I built a tracker for my Lacrosse team all on my own which was really cool. I now know that I can make something useful with it.”
    “I bought Arduino and Raspberry Pi, but I never actually used them. STEMgem is so different and engaging because you can use it every day. It’s so fun, and I can even show it off to my friends.”
    “I have never coded before but STEMgem made me want to learn. The online programming environment is really easy to understand and teaches you how to code in simple steps.”
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    Team - who we are

    Larissa Nietner (PhD)
    Larissa Nietner (PhD)Co-Founder & CEO
    Larissa developed her vision for STEMgem based on a personal experience, in which she felt the impact of inventing technology for others. She introduced the concept to MIT and turned her work into a PhD. She is the visionary driving force behind STEMgem.
    Scott Nill (PhD)
    Scott Nill (PhD)Co-Founder & CTO
    Scott has been an innovator since childhood. His idea behind STEMgem was to make technical creativity socially relevant, and he built on technology innovation from industry to implement the idea. Scott is the mastermind behind STEMgem's unique technology.
    Eva Olbers
    Eva OlbersCo-Founder & CMO
    Eva is passionate about education to empower people of all backgrounds. She worked as a consultant, venture capitalist, and as an ambassador for innovative ed-tech before joining STEMgem. Eva is now leading our marketing, communication, and business development.
    Harvard Innovation Lab Presidents Innovation Challenge Winner STEMgem

    2018 Grand Prize Winner

    STEMgem won the Grand Prize ($75,000) in the Open Track at Harvard's prestigious startup competition.

    2018 Grand Prize Winner

    MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Winner STEMgem

    2018 Winner

    STEMgem came in 2nd and won a $10,000 award to use over 15 months at MIT's social impact competition.

    2018 Winner

    MIT 100K Finalist STEMgem

    2018 Finalist

    STEMgem was among the top 8 at MIT's biggest startup competition ($10,000 award).

    2018 Finalist

    MIT Sandbox Funded STEMgem


    STEMgem received seed funding grants from MIT's Sandbox Innovation Fund.


    Mass Challenge STEMgem

    2018 Finalist

    STEMgem is a finalist at MassChallenge this summer.

    2018 Finalist

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