Immersing Students in STEAM+CS Education!

Uplift, Inc.'s STEAM+CS Classes

Uplift, Inc. guides K-12 students through innovative educational experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, and Computer Science (STEAM+CS), teaching them to solve everyday problems as they advance toward making real world impact.

We immerse students in STEAM+CS education with various learning technologies and out-of-school classes. Join our mailing list to stay connected!

What's Happening Next at Uplift, Inc.?


Spring 2015 Animation Class

All meetings and courses for Spring 2015 (April - May) will be held at Howard University, School of Engineering in the Computer Learning & Design Center (CLDC - YAHOO Data Center).

  • One-hour Information/Q&A Session (Required for all courses)
  • Wednesday, April 1st @ 6pm RSVP
  • Thursday, April 2nd @ 6pm RSVP


  1. Visual Storytelling - Taught by Dawud Anyabwile (creator of Brotherman Comics)
  2. [BY POPULAR DEMAND] Introduction to Programming - Taught by Leshell Hatley (Executive Director of Uplift, Inc.)
  3. Computer Programming & Game Development - Taught by Leshell Hatley (Executive Director of Uplift, Inc.)
  4. Young Builders: April 18th @ 11am-12:00pm
  5. 4th Annual Scratch Day DC: May 9th, 10am-4pm (Details coming soon)

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Check out our 2013-2015 Accomplishments!

  • Uplift, Inc. to present at 2015 DML Conference, June 2015.
  • Leshell Hatley and colleagues write book chapter on Culture, Learning, & Technology (book coming soon).
  • Uplift, Inc. partners with Howard University, Computer Learning & Design Center (CLDC).
  • Uplift, Inc. receives anonymous donation (December 2014)
  • Uplift, Inc. secures another round of funding from The Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation. Thank you! (December 2014)
  • Uplift, Inc. partners with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Alexandria/Fairfax Alumni Chapter to form a 2014 US First Robotics Competition team; wins US First Research Competition portion.
  • Uplift hosts 3rd Annual Scratch Day DC Event - View Photos (May 17, 2014)
  • Leshell Hatley, Executive Director, becomes coach (is team manager) of 'Juxtopia Imhotep' - an all African-American Girls Team in the QualComm Tricoder XPrize Competition to make a handheld medical tracking device. Press Release. (February 2014)
  • Uplift, Inc. receives funding from the ShareFund for 3rd year in a row. Thank you! (February 2014)
  • Uplift, Inc. secures funding from The Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation. Thank you! (December 2013)
  • Uplift, Inc. hosts the STEM (Robotics) Experience at the 2013 AKA Girls Rock! Conference (November 16, 2013)
  • Leshell Hatley, Executive Director or Uplift, Inc., introduces Girl Scout Troop 5033 to engineering & robotics at George Mason University (November 5, 213).
  • Uplift, Inc. partners with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Alexandria/Fairfax Alumni Chapter to form a 2013 US First Robotics Competition team called 'The Horricanes.'
  • Leshell Hatley, Founder & Executive Director of Uplift, receives the 2013 Women of Color STEM Conference Entrepreneurial Leadership Award.
  • Uplift is teaching Robotics at Tree of Life Community Public Charter School during the Fall 2013 semester.SYEP 2013 students design and launch 'Water Drops,' a website, app, and game about the importantce of drinking water. Official launch date = August 12, 2013.
  • Check out and download the Water Drops App now!
  • Cesar Chavez Fellows launch 'Our Voice Chavez' Suggestion Box App
  • Uplift hosts 4 Fellows from Cesar Chavez Public Charter School
  • Youth APPLab student publishes 'Baby Sitting 101' app to Google Play.
  • Uplift hosts Scratch Day DC 2013
  • Uplift finishes pilot Girls Robotics lessons at Hoffman-Boston Elementary School
  • Youth APPLab teaches teens how to make an app at NSF's "Bring Your Son & Daughter to Work" Day
  • Uplift was honored by NSBE-DCAE for STEM Education.
  • Uplift won a grant from ShareFund DC in January 2013.
  • Pictures from all can be found on our FB page.

Help Teach @ Uplift, Inc.

Please join us as we work to strengthen the STEM educational experiences of youth in DC! To learn more about these opportunities, read more.

Join Leshell Hatley, Executive Director and Lead Instructor, in immersing students in STEM education now!

Our Supporters

(Google Rise)

The ShareFund DC

Howard University: Computer Learning & Design Center

and a host of individual donors!