Pilot STEM Programs
STEM Foster Youth Summer Camp 2015 and 2016
During the summer of 2016, the County of San Mateo Human Services Agency offered 18 foster youth scholarships to attend a STEM Youth Summer Camp. The goal of this program is to support foster youth in a technology and engineering summer camp exposing them to project-based learning and STEM careers to build their self-confidence and interest in STEM subjects. We offered additional training to foster youth in the following areas: social-emotional training, STEM career exploration, math tutoring and digital literacy to close any knowledge gaps in these subjects.
Eighteen foster youth were recruited through an application and outreach process involving social workers, foster parents, foster guardians, and Foster Youth Education Liaisons. Learningtech.org, in collaboration with Infinite Education, awarded fifteen (18) foster youth scholarships that were funded by the CLIVE foundation and donations. Youth receiving summer scholarships attended Learningtech.org’s summer camps for two weeks (July 11-15 & July 18-22). The following STEM modules were available for youth to select from:
- Junior Robotics and Coding
- Minecraft Plugins, Modeling, Java Programming
- Beginning through Advanced Robotics
- Raspberry Pi with Intro to Linux
- Technology through Art: Sew a Stuffed Animal, Program it with a Gemma Board
- Python Coding: Turtle Geometry, Blinkytapes, Adventure Game, Robotics
- Scratch: Games, Stories and Simulations
- 3D Printer Creation Station
- Green Screen Video FX, Stop Frame Animations, iMovie Trail
The STEM foster youth summer camp was a great success, the STEM program looks forward to hosting more integrated foster youth programs in the future.