CONTACT: KEVIN L. NICHOLS,
Founder, President & CEO
The Social Engineering Project, Inc.
Phone: (415) 490-8010
Underrepresented Students of Color Learn Culturally Relevant STEM Education at Stanford
Oakland, CA (June 19, 2019) - Summer STEM camps are luxuries for underrepresented students of color (“USOC”). Many students are either unaware that they exist, are priced out of attending if the camp is at a top tier institution of higher learning, such as Cal or Stanford ($600-$3,000 per week), or do not have adequate means of transportation to get to and from the camp. For these and other reasons, Dr. Bryan Brown of Stanford’s Graduate School of Education and Kevin L. Nichols of President & CEO of The Social Engineering Project, Inc. created Science In The City ("SITC").
SITC is a low cost week long intensive summer camp for incoming 5th and 6th grade USOC from throughout the Bay Area at Stanford University that takes place from June 24th to June 28th. Students are transformed into scientists on Day 1, are given lab coats, and are exposed to 15 culturally relevant chemistry, physics, and science experiments, which is more than some of these students will get during an entire year of traditional schooling. Students will use tools like Virtual Reality in conjunction with traditional STEM/engineering to learn about the world and how it relates to them from a culturally relevant perspective. For example, one of our labs focuses on the Flint Water Crisis, where students create water filtration units to segregate out dirty particles of water and learn how to lobby their elected officials to deal with the remaining lead in their cups. Students learn to use science to protect themselves, their families, and their community.
Science in the City is made possible through a collaboration between Stanford University's Science in the City Research Group and The Social Engineering Project, Inc. and receives funding from various tech companies in Silicon Valley, such as Google, Walmart Labs, Airbnb, Microsoft, and the Port of Oakland. Healthy lunches and transportation are provided.
SCIENCE IN THE CITY SUMMER CAMP
DATES: Monday, June 24th through Friday, June 28th
TIME: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
LOCATION: Stanford University School of Education
The Social Engineering Project, Inc. (http://www.TheSocialEngineer.org) is an Oakland-based Google and Microsoft funded social impact venture with Stanford University that is designed to address the lack of diversity in the tech industry through STEM related pipeline programs.
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 has worked in multifaceted capacities in some of the most prolific international law firms in the country, such as Morrison & Foerster, Paul Hastings, Heller Ehrman, and Holland & Knight. His interest in diversity and technology began while he was a mechanical engineering/diversity intern at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Later, he became the Executive Director of the California Diversity Council and the African American Wellness Project. Kevin has become a social networking expert and full-time consultant specializing in litigation technology (eDiscovery), diversity, and social media marketing for the legal industry. Nichols has been featured on LinkedIn’s Hall of Fame, Yahoo’s Blog, in the Examiner, CNN Money, MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal. Millions saw Kevin while logging in to LinkedIn.com from 2011-2014. He is now the Founder, President & CEO of The Social Engineering Project, Inc. Kevin attended U.C. Berkeley, an Executive Program for Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and is pursuing a Fundraising Academy Certificate at JFK University’s Sanford Institute of Philanthropy. For a full biography and CV, please visit http://bit.ly/KLNport.
Bryan A. Brown is an associate professor of science education at Stanford University, a member of Stanford’s Science in the City research team, and a cofounder of The Social Engineering Project. His work in the center for research on teaching at Stanford focuses on improving urban science education. He focuses on exploring how language and identity impact urban students’ learning. Dr. Brown is a former high school science teacher who earned a 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 University of California, Santa Barbara. He was the 2007 winner of the National Association for Research in Science Education’s (N.A.R.S.T.) award for outstanding early career scholarship. Dr. Brown is the founder and executive director of Etu Schule, a non-profit organization that supports the educational development of minorities throughout the state of California.
Please find a video of news coverage from a previous years's camp below.