How SMASH Works
Our Long-Term Investment
SMASH empowers our scholars to be agents of change through a long term project-based learning program to critically analyze problems facing their communities and create STEM based solutions utilizing a design thinking framework.
Eliminating the barriers facing Black, Latinx, and Native American students who have the desire to enter STEM and computing professions has the potential to meet the projected demand for STEM workers in our future workforce, while broadening the economic opportunities of underrepresented communities of color.
Our flagship program is a 5-week intensive and holistic STEM focused residential experience. Starting 9th grade, scholars stay at top universities and are empowered to deepen their talents and pursue STEM.
Through the SMASH community, ongoing alumni programming and support, and the greater Kapor Center network, SMASH alumni are able to persist to and through their STEM majors and careers.
By investing in youth of color to enter and persist in STEM and computing occupations, they develop the skills to engage in the modern workforce while being empowered to leverage their lived experiences to solve the most pressing problems facing society (Bobb, 2016).