Science in the City is a week-long intensive summer camp for incoming 5th and 6th grade underrepresented students from throughout the Bay Area at Stanford University that takes place from July 24 to July 28.
With all the excitement and emphasis lately on the “T” in STEM (which is becoming synonymous with coding), the other letters – Science, Engineering and Mathematics often get left behind.
Although learning how to code is important, students of color may set their sights on being great coders but not set their sights on going to college, majoring in a STEM related major at top school, and receiving a degree where they can be recruited to work at a tech company.
That is why the purpose of Science in the City is to transform its students into scientists that develop a deep, passionate love for science (engineering, chemistry, and physics).
The program 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, Inc.
“The only goals are to make sure that these students have fun and fall in love with science at the same time,” says Bryan A. Brown, cofounder and curriculum director of Science in the City Summer Camp and Associate Professor of Science Education at Stanford University.
“These students will learn about real life problems in their communities, such as the effects of lead contamination in their water, like in Flint, Michigan and Oakland,” says Kevin L. Nichols, cofounder, president and CEO of The Social Engineering Project, Inc.
For more information about Science in the City, please visit http://bit.ly/TSEPSIC17.