Empoder

Empowering low-income communities all over the world

Summer Immersion Programs

Goal

The goal of our summer immersion programs is to expose children from a young age to all different aspects of computer science and engineering in order to inspire and motivate them to want to pursue STEM related careers. This program is designed as a highly intensive “boot camp” style program where students engage in highly interactive hands-on activities in subjects such as coding, instrumentation, robotics, product design, civil and environmental engineering, biomedical engineering and industrial engineering.

Impact

Empoder piloted its first summer immersion program in the summer of 2014 in Cholula, Mexico. 52 students ages 9-18 attended the program daily from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. for 2 weeks. During the two weeks, students learned to design and code their own video games, design and code their own mobile apps, design and build biomedical instruments, design and build robots, design and optimize sustainable homes, design and perform simulations for process improvement and purify a variety of contaminants from water.

Prior to Empoder’s pilot summer immersion program, only 24% of students wanted to pursue a career in computer science and engineering. After the 2 weeks, 100% of students stated they wanted to pursue a career in computer science and engineering. (See OUTCOMES Below).

Our pilot summer immersion program proved that it is possible to inspire and motivate ALL children to want to pursue careers in STEM if subjects and projects are presented in a highly engaging manner.

We are currently designing our summer immersion programs for the Summer of 2017. We plan to continue the program in Cholula, Mexico and expand the program to East Palo Alto, California. We are also looking to expand the program to additional locations.

If you would like more information on our 2017 summer immersion programs as it becomes available, please Contact Us.

Impact by the Numbers

52
students in our first Summer Program
9 - 18
attended the program daily
2
weeks students learned to design and code their own video games
100
% of students stated they wanted to pursue a career in computer science and engineering

“It was beautiful to see how the little ones (ages 9-10) were able to understand complex concepts and use them to formulate new ideas that we, as adults, would have never imagined.”

Dr. Benito Corona, UDLAP Engineering Faculty, Empoder Volunteer