Science In The City Summer Day Camp at Stanford University
The Social Engineering Project’s purpose is to motivate and inspire underrepresented students of color to go to college, major in STEM related disciplines, and expose them to various career pathways in the technology industry. Moreover, we teach our students about entrepreneurship, personal branding, and networking. We are seeking funding to provide scholarships for disadvantaged youth who would like to attend our Science In The City ["SITC"] (a week long summer day camp for 5th and 6th grade underrepresented students color at Stanford University) (please watch the video overview of the camp produced by KTVU Channel 2 below):
Summer camps are luxuries. Many students who would benefit from the high intensity and narrow focus of these programs are unable to attend, either because they are not aware of the opportunities or are priced out of participating in the best summer camps available. The San Francisco Bay Area is rich with technology camps whose focus is computer and disciplinary science. The best camps generally share two key criterion: 1) They are hosted at our top universities. UC Berkeley and Stanford University offer world class summer camps every year and 2) They are costly, ranging from $600 to $3000 per student. The Science In The City Summer Camp seeks to provide a high-end, low cost alternative to these existing camp structures.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Science In The City maintains four fundamental objectives:
1. Teach science concepts to students of color.
2. Promote students’ science identity development by offering culturally relevant pedagogy that highlights the history and success of students of color in STEM fields.
3. Provide students role models of successful STEM professionals.
4. Create an environment where all involved have fun and develop a love for Science.
June 24-28, 2019
Stanford Graduate School of Education
Bus - Transportation to and from Oakland to Stanford each day = $4,500
Tuition is $350. We have 25 slots for students with financial hardships who will only pay $50. = $7,500
Additional Staffing Costs - $3,000
TOTAL FUNDS NEEDED = $15,000
The Social Engineering Project, Inc. ("TSEP") is an Oakland based, social impact venture with Stanford University designed to address the lack of diversity in the tech industry. TSEP achieves this end via pipeline programs for underrepresented students of color.
The name comes from a quote by the legendary attorney, Charles Hamilton Houston, who laid down the framework for the landmark Brown vs. The Board of Education of Topeka civil rights case. He said, "A lawyer is either a social engineer or a parasite on society." Although we do not have to be lawyers for the quote to remain true, our view is that we either are a part of the problem or a part of the solution.