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Circle of Light Associates (COLA) 501c3 Non-Profit Organization, located in North St. Louis, MO, understands the importance of our children receiving an education, as well as attending secondary education. After-school programs are being discontinued due to budget cuts in the school districts and can have a negative impact on all children, especially on our under-served children in the area. To help eliminate learning deficiencies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, COLA has started the COLA STEM Initiative.

COLA is partnering with FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to increase learning within our community. FIRST® was founded by Dean Kamen with the mission to show students of all ages that science, technology and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for all of us. (


Our mission is to inspire young people to be “stand-out” leaders in the community.

As a result of participation in COLA Prep, FIRST® Lego League Jr., FIRST® Lego League and STEM Workshops, team members should:

· learn Basic Machine design and Computer programming

· learn how to work on a team with a positive attitude

· enhance Presentation and Communication skills

· learn Time management and project management

· increase Community Involvement

· spark an Interest in learning

FIRST® Vision

"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes."

Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST (

COLA STEM Initiative Vision

“To see ALL children achieve success and utilize their talents and gifts and in-turn, reach back to foster another child to success.”

Our programs are designed to encourage individual gifts to manifest and promote a team environment. We utilize strengths, identify and overcome weaknesses, and build confidence and courage in each team member.

Current Programs:

First Lego League (ages 11-14) - Registration is closed at this time.

First Lego League Jr. (ages 6 -10) - Registration is closed at this time.

COLA Prep (ages 4 -7) - Registration is closed at this time.

If you would like further information, please call: 314-265-6880 or email:


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