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Making A Difference (MAD)

STEM MAD is a program of state and national student competitions that encourage students to apply Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learnings to make a difference (MAD) in the world by acting for justice and the common good.
STEM MAD is inclusive of student groups from Catholic schools across the country to develop solutions in alignment with the papal call for action in Laudato Si': On Care for our Common Home.

What is STEM MAD?

STEM MAD consists of student groups applying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning initiatives to address real-world problems, encouraging students to make a difference.

Student groups are free to pursue any areas of interest that align to the judging criteria. Groups must first compete in local competitions within their state or Diocese. The highest performing groups from each location will be invited to Nationals.

How can I participate?

Click here to learn more about state and Diocese based STEM MAD competitions

Click here to learn about the virtual competition and in-person national showcase

Want to make a difference?

The following Dioceses participate in STEM MAD.
Click below to contact your STEM MAD representative:

Is your Diocese not on the list?

Contact representatives in other Dioceses to explore the possibility of introducing STEM MAD to your schools.

STEM MAD National Archives

Click below to explore previous winners and highlights. 

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