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.
With all of the changes happening to the way students learn, now is an important time for educators to consider how they’re fostering creativity. Check out the infographic below on creativity from Canva.
On the laundry list of skills and content areas teachers have to cover, creativity doesn’t traditionally get top billing. It’s usually lumped together with other soft skills like communication and collaboration: Great to have, though not as important as reading or long division.
But research is showing that creativity isn’t just great to have. It’s an essential human skill — perhaps even an evolutionary imperative in our technology-driven world.
The impact of COVID-19—on education, health, the workforce, and the economy—has made clear that young people need skills that enable them to think critically, creatively, and globally—to solve problems, create new jobs, and address issues never seen before.