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STEM program builds ties between Stanford and East Palo Alto middle school

August 1, 2014

The innovative course and afterschool mentor program bring lessons from education, design and engineering to local school.

Huddled around a picnic table in the courtyard of East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy, a group of middle-schoolers and Stanford students were hard at work. 

In front of them lay a mess of pipe cleaners, old cardboard, aluminum foil, tape and various other household materials. To an outsider, it might have looked like junk, but these students saw endless possibilities.