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Getting to the heart of the Punx

The Producers of this program, Michael and John, are inspired by the on-going discussion of economic development, jobs, affordability, and quality of life in the Gorge. Using STEM as a jumping off point, we all see an opportunity to explore these topics through a futuristic lens.

Driven by the personalities of the STEMPunx hosts, April Sampson and Joe Garoutte, the show will be informative, investigative, and always positive. The hosts and various correspondents visit businesses, schools, communities near and far, many natural areas, while exploring all ideas using STEM to embrace all cultural and social landscapes.

STEMPunx is a multi-episode web series that explores positive developments in the Columbia River Gorge in areas revolving around scientific, cultural, and economic innovation. Future episodes can become more wide-ranging in both geographic area and thematic exploration but the early focus is on the Gorge.

The concept is to always ask How, What, Where, Why? ...and link all those questions through STEM.

  • Science : is in everything we do. Virtually everything can be explained and explored using science and scientific method.

  • Technology : is driving the future... of jobs, of social interaction, of quality of life.

  • Engineering : is the practical application of anything. Building something... a house, a connection, a sentence... is integral to making anything a reality.

  • Math : is the “spiritual” element of the concept. Math is the magic that makes everything happen and it is the discourse that scientists use to communicate across language barriers.

Initially, we envision 12 episodes of 3 segments each that can correspond to a school trimester.
Each episode will have a common theme.


  • Segment 1: a STEM related element of a business, industry, or scientist’s work.

  • Segment 2: the practical application of the theme.

  • Segment 3: societal issues.  While many businesses are getting the word out to their exclusive community, our goal is to introduce a new audience to the many businesses and perspectives there are in the Gorge and create a dialogue regarding jobs, education, and culture.