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Our Mission, Vision and Logo


It started with an idea:  to encourage students to pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  It grew into a mission to inspire future innovators and technological pioneers here in the Schoharie and Mohawk regions.


We are engineers and educators, dedicated to identifying, developing, delivering and supporting STEM initiatives in the communities we serve.  We believe STEM is fun and rewarding, and that EVERY child should be given the opportunity to experience it.


Our logo was created as a symbol of our mission and vision. 

  • Colors - The colors are inspired by the color palette used in the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 software.  LEGO Mindstorms EV3 is one of the technology platforms we use.

  • Font and Letter Case – A simple clean font with all words in lowercase class letters is used to signify that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) should not be intimidating and that everybody should be given the opportunity to experience STEM.

  • Gears – The gears convey a working machine with a purpose. Despite the complexity, the gears have a unified purpose - to make the machine work. SMIST strives to be a community partner - a gear - in a mechanism delivering creative science and technology opportunities for students.

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