STEM Meets Sports

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. These areas of study can be found thoroughly embedded in the world of sports. Through both STEM and sport we can help many kids feel empowered an passionate about the experiences they encounter in their everyday life.

Kara McCullough

A SheIS Ambassador, Miss USA 2017, and a Nuclear Scientist are just a few of her many hats. Kara is a proponent of empowering women, through STEM and sport, to become their best selves.

The lyda hill foundation

Through a partnership with She IS we will continue to empower women and create a brighter future.through both STEM and sport.

Sport science

The sports we watch everyday highlight feats of physical excellence. Through STEM we are able to see the true greatness of the athletic talent we witness.


The Lyda Hill Foundation believes that “science is the answer” and is committed to investing in organizations that make game-changing advances in nature and science, empowering nonprofit organizations and supporting important advances in local communities.



If/Then, an extension of Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ commitment to fund game-changing advancements in science and nature, seeks to further advance women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers. The initiative aims to create a platform to elevate positive and successful female STEM professionals with a focus on funding their work and sharing their stories, developing and supporting programs for middle school girls to learn about STEM opportunities and engaging media partners to help shift the perception of women in STEM. If/Then’s mission is to inspire the next generation of girls to pursue careers in STEM.


Kara McCullough

Miss USA 2017

Nuclear Scientist

Meet Kara

McCullough is a scientist in nuclear energy regulation, Miss USA 2017, founder of Science Exploration for Kids, and a girl’s basketball coach. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Radiochemistry from South Carolina State University. Her major provided her opportunities to intern at many universities, which paved the way to her current career as scientist for the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

As the founder of “Science Exploration for Kids” (SE4K) – An organization dedicated to enhancing the science and math experience for students by incorporating the arts into STEM = STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). SE4K creates “Fun-with-Purpose” activities for every grade level through after-school programs, travel workshops and career readiness. This in return helps students cultivate a passion for all STEAM subjects.

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Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence!
— Kara McCullough

See the science behind gymnastics!

Sport Science

Many forces and calculations that go into the amazing feats we watch in sports every day. From the reach of a basketball player to the speed of a hockey skater to the force of a soccer player’s kick, every athlete faces the laws of physics. Through sport, we can learn so much about STEM!