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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MAY 26, 2020
Stanford Summer STEM Camp Goes Virtual During COVID-19
OAKLAND, CA (May 26, 2020) – Rather than scrap the 7th installment of our hands-on, culturally relevant STEM summer day camp during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Social Engineering Project (“TSEP”), Stanford’s Graduate School of Education (“SGSE”), and SLAC National Laboratory (“SLAC”) have partnered to bring Science In The City (“SITC”), virtually. Parents have been homeschooling for weeks and are worried that their children are missing out on substantive learning. In the past, a week-long camp at a top tier institution of higher learning, such as Berkeley or Stanford would cost ($600-$3,000 per week), however, SITC’s tuition is $350 per student and has a ½ off Memorial Day Sale until June 1, 2020. Moreover, third party organizations typically rent out space at these college campuses, but are rarely curated by the institutions themselves. For these and other reasons, Dr. Bryan Brown of SGSE, Kevin L. Nichols of TSEP, and Dorian Bohler and Margaux Lopez of SLAC have designed a low cost, traditional STEM, summer experience for incoming 5th and 6th grade underrepresented students of color (African American/Black, Chicano/Latino/LatinX, Indigenous/Native American, and Pacific Islander).
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 in order to improve the quality of life of their families and communities. This year’s curriculum will focus on weather, biotech (genetics), and exploring the most advanced research available on COVID-19. Further, students will also interview researchers, scientists, and engineers; and have additional assignments to do at home if they choose for more exposure to the concepts taught.
After surveying our students, we have removed various barriers for students to participate thanks to the generous donations from the following companies:
1. Hardship Scholarships – Northrop Grumman will provide scholarships for students experiencing economic hardships or that have been impacted by COVID-19;
2. Hardware – First Republic Bank will provide laptop computers for students who are experiencing hardships and/or do not have devices to participate with.
3. Lab Protection – Thermo Fisher Scientific will provide lab coats, gloves, goggles, and backpacks for our students.
SITC is open to incoming 5th and 6th grade students of color across the nation. Enrollment is low due to the lack of financial resources that parents have and the ability to reach potential students to apply. The registration deadline has been extended from June 1, 2020 to June 15, 2020. Lab materials and the appropriate applicable items will be mailed home to each camper. If you would like to support SITC, please visit our online fundraiser and make a donation today. If you would like to register your child, please visit here.
SCIENCE IN THE CITY SUMMER STEM CAMP
DATES: Monday, July 13th through Friday, July 17th
TIME: 9:00 am (PST) to Noon (PST)
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 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 to hear about new research findings.
Kevin L. Nichols - Co-Founder, President & CEO
- Legal Industry Technology Executive with over 20 years experience
- Diversity Consultant and Expert for 20+ years
- Attended U.C. Berkeley, Executive Program for Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and Fundraising Academy at JFK University’s Sanford Institute of Philanthropy Academy Certificate at JFK University’s Sanford Institute of Philanthropy. For a full biography and CV, please visit http://bit.ly/KLNport.
Dr. Bryan Brown - Co-Founder - Chief Education Officer
- Former High School Science Teacher
- National Academy of Education and Spencer Foundation Fellow in 2005
- 2007 winner of the National Association for Research in Science Education (N.A.R.S.T.) award
- Associate professor of science education at Stanford University and engages in research that explores how language and identity impact student learning.
- Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Hampton University, a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of California, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the U.C. Santa Barbara.
Dorian Bohler, M.S. – Engineering Physicist – SLAC
- Physicist, author, and advocate for educational equity.
- Research interests include developing electron beam diagnostic systems and investigating neural networks for machine learning applications in accelerator control system
- Attended Morehouse College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Wayne State, and Stanford University.
Margaux Lopez, M.S. – Mechanical Engineer - SLAC
- Commissioning engineer at the Rubin Observatory in La Serena, Chile.
- Supports the integration and testing of the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) Camera with the telescope, including refrigeration system verification and camera maintenance facility construction.
- Technical curriculum writer, program director, and mentor for STEM outreach programs.
- Attended California Institute of Technology and San Jose State University
Please find a video of news coverage from a previous year's camp here.