SMASH, the signature education program of the Kapor Center, empowers dedicated students of color with an intensive science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, culturally relevant coursework, and access to resources and social capital that allow them to be successful in college and their careers. The flagship program, SMASH Academy, is afree, three-year, intensive STEM-focused residential college prep program that empowers students to deepen their talents and pursue STEM careers. After their ninth-grade year of high school and beyond, scholars will be immersed in tuition-free studies at leading universities throughout the country for five weeks every summer. During the academic year, scholars will participate in monthly programming. Throughout the program, they will focus on building the technical and life skills necessary to succeed in STEM and participate in the future workforce. They will also connect with STEM professionals and build a robust community of peers and support, giving them access to college and work readiness opportunities, including paid internships with leading companies in tech and other industries.
Plus: SMASH Virtual is a pilot project in partnership with the educational technology company Genius Plaza. The project aims to scale the transformative impact of SMASH Academy to hundreds of thousands more students through online learning experiences based on the “SMASH Way” of teaching STEM. Stay tuned for more developments regarding this project.
Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in April.
The National CARES Mentoring Movement is pioneering new paths forward that enhance the education of students in marginalized Black communities and underresourced schools. CARES’ 32-week curricula are built to help children heal the multiple traumas of impoverishment and override the debilitating effects that unaddressed will be lifelong.
In just three years, 30,000 high school girls have discovered the exciting world of cybersecurity through GirlsGo CyberStart Challenges and are on track to become the next generation of cyber defenders.