Seventy-six Oakland Tech 11th- and 12th-graders have been paired with Intel mentors, checking in weekly over email and connecting at quarterly events. “The opportunity to have an Intel mentor is once in a lifetime,” says 11th-grader Jonas. “It has given me the inspiration to pursue computer science and become a part of the future in technology.” LEARN MORE.
Oakland Tech’s youngest students are getting an early start in tech pathways, with every 9th-grader taking Computer Science. Intel has also donated robotics kits to all classes, and engaged kids in an interactive Computer Science Education Week event using Intel technology.
Students take part in several work-based learning conferences and field trips each year, and Oakland Tech hosts guest speakers from engineering and technology fields. Intel has also brought funding and mentorship to the school’s Robotics and Girls Who Code Clubs.
Intel has had a strong presence at all Computer Science Academy Family Nights and helps the school partner with families to recruit kids from a range of backgrounds into the Academy.
All technology teachers spent a professional development day at Intel headquarters, and two Computer Academy teachers learned programming in a paid two-week Maker experience.
SPACE AND EQUIPMENT
Intel purchased new laptops and furniture so that kids in every Computer Science classroom have the tools they need to thrive.
AN ACADEMY OF EQUITY
Through our Women in Tech dinner, screening of “Hidden Figures,” and other equity-focused experiences, Intel and Oakland students are always asking—and answering—the question: How can STEM be more diverse?
IN THE FIELD
Students have attended several STEM-based events, including the Frontiers Conference, a panel discussion on diversity in STEM at Intel with NASA and Intel leaders, a powerful screening of the movie Hidden Figures, the Extreme Masters gaming convention, the Maker Faire, and the Big Ideas conference. Read and see more.
“The Intel internship experience ignited my passion,” says Oakland Tech Senior Andrew Eeckman, “kindling a flame that would inspire and motivate me to learn and do even more.”