FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2022
First In-Person Summer STEM Camp at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Since the Pandemic
PALO ALTO, CA (July 7, 2022) – Monday will mark the first day that underrepresented middle school-aged students of color will step foot at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (“SLAC”) since 2019. The Social Engineering Project (“TSEP”), Stanford’s Graduate School of Education (“SGSE”), and SLAC have partnered to bring the 10th installment of Science In The City (“SITC”), a weeklong science, technology, engineering, and math (“STEM”) camp. SLAC has designed a low-cost, traditional STEM, summer experience for incoming fifth and sixth-grade underrepresented students of color (African American/Black, Chicano/Latino/LatinX, Indigenous/Native American, and Pacific Islander). Transportation is provided from the East Bay and back daily.
The purpose of SITC is for students to fall in love with math, science, physics, and chemistry. By doing so, they have a higher probability of going to college, majoring in a STEM-related major, and working in the tech industry to improve their families' and communities' quality of life. This year’s curriculum will focus on the physics of basketball, magnets, roller coasters, straw bridges, and cell phones. Moreover, students will tour the Lab and the accelerator control room, interview researchers, scientists, and engineers; and present what they have learned in a presentation on Friday. This life-changing experience will motivate and inspire these future scientists and engineers to discover the next element on the Periodic Table, cure cancer, and build the next rocket to take civilians to Mars.
SCIENCE IN THE CITY SUMMER STEM CAMP
DATES: Monday, July 11th through Friday, July 15th
TIME: 9:00 am (PST) to 3 pm (PST)
LOCATION: SLAC National Laboratory, 2575 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025
The Social Engineering Project, Inc. (http://www.TheSocialEngineer.org) is an Oakland-based social impact venture with Stanford University that is designed to address the lack of diversity in the tech industry through culturally relevant STEM related pipeline programs for underrepresented students of color.
The Science in the City research team (http://scienceinthecity.stanford.edu) at Stanford University is comprised of former science teachers who examine how to improve science teaching and learning in urban contexts. The Science in the City website provides a venue for students, teachers, and colleagues to exchange ideas and hear about new research findings.
SLAC National Laboratory, originally named Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, is a United States Department of Energy National Laboratory operated by Stanford University under the programmatic direction of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science and located in Menlo Park, California.
Please find a video of news coverage from a previous years's camp here.