LAST UPDATED MARCH 21, 2021
About Project STEM
Project STEM® is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding access to computer science and STEM in schools and increasing participation by students from underserved and other groups underrepresented in CS and STEM. Our vision is that all schools are able to start and expand sustainable computer science and STEM programs for their students.
About Project STEM and Privacy
Children under 13
1. Information Collected by Project STEM
Information You Provide:
When educators register for Project STEM, we may ask you to provide certain personal information, such as your first and last name, your role, the name of your school, district, city, state, and email address, so that we may verify that you are a real teacher. Teachers may also be asked to provide their grade level. Administrators may also be asked to provide their contact information.
Access to Project STEM Middle School Programs
Students under 13 may not register on their own. To enable student access to Project STEM resources, teachers will be provided with classroom codes and unique student-level secret passphrases for students. To sign students up for Project STEM, teachers will provide anonymized student username(s). Students accessing Project STEM may only do so when facilitated by an authorized school representative.
Access to Project STEM High School Programs
When you create an account for access to Project STEM high school programs (as either a student or a teacher), you need to enter your name, a username, and your email address. For students in authorized Project STEM high schools, you will enter a class code provided by your teacher to link your account to your classroom and your school. For teachers, you may be asked to provide additional information about you and your school so we can verify that you are a real teacher.
To sign up your students for Project STEM, we may ask students to provide their first and last name, as well as log-in information including username and password and non-personal information such as current grade level. You may also choose to register your students using a school authorized Google email account or using Clever. By doing so, you confirm that you have obtained any necessary permissions from your school, district, and parents. Students under 13 may not register on their own.
2. Other Information Collected by Project STEM Programs
Project STEM may collect information from you at various points, including the following:
When you submit a form to contact our customer support team, you may be asked to submit information such as name, e-mail, school/district, customer user login and password and details on your query. In addition, some features of our Site, such as our customer live chat functionality or other customer service systems may allow you to voluntarily provide personal information to us. This information is collected to help us process your request.
Site Activity Information
When you access and interact with the Site, our servers may automatically collect certain site usage information associated with your computer. Site usage information is non-personal information that may include, but is not limited to, information about your computer and browser, including potentially your IP address, browser type, and other software or hardware information. If you access the Site from a mobile or other device, we may collect a unique device identifier assigned to that device, or other characteristics of the device hardware, operating system and configurations for that device.
Project STEM does not allow advertising on our Website, and we do not have the ability to collect your web search history across third-party Internet websites or search engines. However, if you navigate to the Project STEM Website via a web search, your web browser may automatically provide to us the web search term you used in order to find Project STEM. Because Project STEM doesn’t display advertising or track browsing on third-party sites, we do not do anything different in response to “do not track” signals transmitted by web browsers.
Educators may be requested to submit information to use certain Site functionalities (such as posting comments on certain areas of the Site), register for a training session or webinar, or view restricted content that may be available on the Site. For instance, you may be asked to provide your name, email address and event or webinar-related preferences to help us process your registration or content request.
Public Areas and Discussion Forums
Information you share in public areas, such as message boards or feedback sections, may become public. Please be careful about what you disclose and do not post any personal information that you expect to keep private.
3. How We May Share Your Information:
Project STEM is deeply committed to creating a safe and secure learning environment. Project STEM does not use, disclose, or compile any student personal information for the purpose of marketing or advertising commercial products or services. We do not disclose any student personal information to third parties for marketing purposes.
We do not ever sell or rent your information to any third party for any purpose, including advertising or marketing. We do not allow any advertising on our services.
We will only share your information or that of your students in the following circumstances:
- When we believe in good faith that disclosure of your information is necessary to protect our rights and those of others, to protect your safety or the safety of others, to investigate fraud or to respond to a government, judicial or other legal request or to comply with the law.
- We sometimes hire third parties to perform certain business-related functions for us. Examples include mailing information, maintaining databases, hosting services, and processing payments. When we employ another company to provide services to support Project STEM, we provide them with the information that they need to perform their specific function. Our third parties are legally obligated to keep your personal information confidential and use it only for our specific purpose. Our third-party providers are required to maintain reasonable security practices, to use the information only for the purpose of helping us deliver the Services to you, and to prevent disclosure of the information to unauthorized parties..
Location of Data
5. Use and disclosure
To provide and manage the Site
We use the information we collect from and about you to provide the Site and features to you, including to measure and improve its services and features, to personalize your experience by delivering relevant content, to deliver marketing messages, to allow you to comment on content, to provide you with customer support, and to respond to inquiries. We may also use and disclose aggregate or anonymous data about your use of and activity on the Site to assist us in this regard and for any other purpose.
To contact you
Project STEM may periodically send updates and notifications related to the Site and to Project STEM to the contact information you provided to us at registration. If you want to stop receiving updates from Project STEM, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email. There are certain service notification emails that you may not opt-out of, such as notifications of changes to the Site or policies.
To protect the rights of Project STEM and our users
There may be instances when Project STEM may disclose your information, in situations where Project STEM has a good faith belief that such disclosure is necessary or appropriate in order to: (i) protect, enforce, or defend the legal rights, privacy, safety, and operations of Project STEM; (ii) protect the rights, safety, privacy, security or property of users of the Site or others; (iii) protect against fraud or for risk management purposes; (iv) comply with the law or legal process, including laws outside your country of residence; (v) respond to requests from public and government authorities, including those outside your country of residence; or (vi) allow us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain.
6. Security and data breach
Project STEM uses reasonable administrative, technical, personnel and physical measures to safeguard information in its possession against loss, theft and unauthorized use, disclosure or modification.
Project STEM shall comply with all applicable laws that require the notification of individuals in the event of unauthorized release of personally identifiable information or other event requiring notification. In the event of a breach of any of the Project STEM’s security obligations or other event requiring notification under applicable law, Project STEM will comply with any relevant legal or regulatory notification requirements.
7. User control
If you would like to review, correct, update, suppress or otherwise limit our use of your personal information you have previously provided directly to us, you may contact us using the contact information provided below. In your request, please make clear what information you would like to have changed, whether you would like to have your personal information suppressed from our database, or if you have other questions about your personal information. We will try to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable.
8. Data retention
Even after we have deleted your information from our systems, copies of some information from your account may remain viewable in some circumstances. We may also retain backup information related to your account on our servers for some time for fraud detection or to comply with applicable law or our internal security policies. Because of the nature of caching technology, your account may not be instantly inaccessible to others, and there may be a delay in the removal of the content from elsewhere on the Internet and from search engines.
9. Sensitive information
We ask that you not send us, and you not disclose, any sensitive personal information (e.g., social security numbers, health, or criminal background) on or through the Site or otherwise.
Revised March 10, 2021