These initiatives focus on meeting the significant and specific needs of technology in today’s 21ST century world, helping members become proficient in fundamental STEM disciplines; increase their proficiency in STEM fields but and engage with STEM professional mentors that inspire them to pursue STEM careers.
CENTER OF INNOVATION
A flexible work space that is conducive to creative brainstorming and hands-on experimental work including usage of equipment like 3-D Printers and state-of-the-art computers. The Makerspace enables members to enhance their digital skills, learn about hardware systems and natural sciences and gain an appreciation for the do-it-yourself-style of working.
A non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by girls and underrepresented students of color. They believe every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science and that computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.
STEM MENTORING PROGRAM
The STEM Mentoring Program is a year-round program introducing six to ten year old members with fun, hands-on activities, group projects and multimedia connections that engage 12 community mentors and their mentees in a variety of STEM topics, with a particular focus on conservation in collaboration with The Sea Research Foundation, First Pic, Inc., Junior FIRST® LEGO® League and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.
SUMMER SOLAR Camp
In partnership with Lawrence Hall of Science and UC Berkeley, members in 7th and 8th grade learn about engineering and how solar energy works in order to build solar panels. They also learn about STEM careers and jobs with a ‘green’ focus.