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STEM K-12 Education Initiatives

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Recognizing that educational barriers also exist in K-12 education, the Equity & Inclusion Initiatives team partners with committed programs that introduce young students from systemically marginalized backgrounds to the various STEM disciplines.

From basic math courses to challenging college-prep programs, these initiatives give grade-school students who are underrepresented in STEM the chance to expand their knowledge. The programs also empower graduate students to build community and earn funding as teachers, mentors, and role models to young students and future engineers.

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Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) Academy

The Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) Academy is a three-year, STEM-intensive residential college preparatory program that empowers underrepresented students from diverse backgrounds to deepen their talents and pursue careers within STEM. Every summer, scholars are immersed in five weeks of tuition-free studies at leading universities throughout the country.

SMASH guides its scholars through an inquiry-based process that allows them to use math and science to solve real-world problems. With access to modern lab equipment, research projects, and group work, students are given the chance to complete college-like assignments. In addition, students receive year-round academic support including SAT prep, college counseling, financial aid workshops, and other activities to ensure continued academic success.

SMASH Academy for students and parents

Stanford students can learn more about joining the Level Playing Field Institute team as a tutor, graduate lecturer, and workshop leader.

SMASH Academy teaching for Stanford students

Stanford Logic Institute Summer Camp

High school students underrepresented in STEM are encouraged to apply for this two-week non-residential program. The challenging schedule teaching the fundamentals of logic includes lectures, team and individual exercises, projects, puzzles, and games, along with special events and guests. For more information, visit Stanford Intro to Logic.

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Research Internships for High School Students

For more information about different research opportunities for high school students, check out the Office of STEM Outreach list.

Office of STEM Outreach list


For any questions related to the STEM K-12 Education Initiatives, please email Bethlehem Aynalem (she/her), Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion Initiatives, at