SEASON 7 EPISODE 6
inspiring children and adults to become involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
Melissa Jawaharlal and Lavanya Jawaharlal
$150,000 for 15%
$200,000 for 20%
What is the STEM Center?
Based in Claremont, California, StEM Center is the base for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. It aims at inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders by making the learning process fun and involving.
The company provides an education that excites, engages, and enriches learners through exposure to activity-based learning. Learners are given the resources and equipment to facilitate passion-led learning throughout middle and high school.
Learners visit the center weekly to exercise their creativity and develop critical thinking skills. Experiential education helps students discover a path to a more productive education system.
STEM Center was founded by two sisters, Melissa and Lavanya Jawaharlal, in September 2011. Melissa studied mechanical engineering at Southern California (USC) while Lavanya received her mechanical engineering degree from the University of California-Berkeley.
The two had a similar passion for robotics, science, and engineering. Their business was therefore founded based on spreading their knowledge and passion for STEM to the future generation of scientists and engineers.
STEM Center Sales
The company’s first invention was a programmable robot that sold for $75. Their Kickstarter campaign in 2014 was impressively successive, and thus they were able to launch their self-assembly product on their website.
Launching the product was another source of worthwhile funding to the business.
However, this was not enough for the two entrepreneurial engineers. They wanted to channel their efforts to providing STEM education to children all over the country, which was an expensive project. They, therefore, needed other means to finance this project.
In October 2015, Melissa and Lavanya were able to pitch their product to Shark Tank. They were asking for a $150,000 investment for a 15% equity in their company STEM USA. They revealed that the company had already made $130,000 worth of profits from the creative center in 2014.
In the same year, they made another $170,000 from the robot they had invented. In total, the two sisters had already made $300,000 worth of profit. Lori Greiner, one of the sharks, was especially impressed by the two sisters’ dedication to humanity. She proposed a $200,000 offer for 20% equity in the company, which the ladies accepted.
STEM Center Review
Most parents are impressed by their childrens’ change of attitude in science and mathematics since they enrolled for classes at STEM Center. They applaud the center’s approach to education and how well they are preparing the students for productive professionalism.
For most students, STEM Center USA has helped them realize creativity they never knew they had. However, some parents and learners did not have a pleasant experience with the teachers, and they found them profoundly rude.
STEM Center Update – Where are They Now?
The STEM Center continues to influence thousands of learners from all over America. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, they have put up new measures to facilitate safety during classes. There are ongoing virtual classes where students do not have to converge at the center to avoid infections. Most recently, they have come up with modified in-person camps with the provision of various hand washing points and hand sanitizers.Visit the STEM Center USA website