SMASH: Prep serves African American males who have demonstrated both an aptitude and interest in math and science. Its curriculum is designed for sixth through eighth graders and will increase the participants' college and STEM aspirations.

SMASH: Prep is...

  • A Year-round holistic STEM enrichment program for middle school aged African American males.
  • Seeking to increase candidates for SMASH Academy and other similar STEM-focused programs.  
  • Improving mathematics and science knowledge while developing the scholars' critical thinking skills.
  • Building positive scholar identity and providing exposure to role models and experiences that reinforce academic excellence.
  • Free of cost

Mission Statement

At SMASH: Prep our goal is to facilitate the growth of young men who not only excel in STEM, but are also critically-aware, social-conscious, and oriented toward social justice, and equipped to employ their STEM knowledge for the betterment of their local, National, and Global community.

SMASH: Prep, in collaboration with the Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI), is working to develop a STEM educational pipeline for African-American males to combat the systemic educational inequities and societal challenges faced by these students in their schools and communities and equip them with the skills and experiences necessary to improve their educational success and life opportunities. This educational pipeline project specifically focuses on preparing African-American males to be successful in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, which are projected to be the fastest growing and highest-paying occupations of the future, thus providing students and their families/communities critical opportunities for economic advancement. Moreover, by virtue of its additional focus on social justice and self-sufficiency, SMASH: Prep aims to support students in becoming not only scientists, but also active global citizens.

Saturday Session Location

Remaining SMASH: Prep Sessions 2013 & 2014


December 7th: Session 4 9:30-3:00 REALM

December 21st:  Session 5 (Field Trip, Exploratorium, SF) 9:00-3:00 Drop Off & Pick up @ LPFI


2014 SMASH: Prep Session Schedule


Jan 11th:       Session 6, 9:00-2:30, REALM

Jan 25th:       Session 7 & Potluck 8:30-11:30; 12:2:30 REALM

Feb 8th:        Session 8, 9:00-2:30, REALM

Feb 22nd:      Session 9, 9:00-2:30, REALM

March 8th:    Session 10, 9:00-2:30 REALM

March 22nd: Session 11, Field Trip 9:00-2:30 Drop Off & Pick up @ LPFI

March 29th: Session 12, 9:00-2:30 REALM

April 12th:   Session 13, 9:00-2:30 REALM

April 26th:   Session 14, 9:00-2:30 REALM

May 10th:    Session 15, Field Trip 9:00-2:30 Drop Off & Pick up @ LPFI

May 17th:    Session 16, 9:00-2:30 REALM

May 31st:    Session 17, 9:00-2:30 REALM

June 7th:      Session 18, Post-Assessments, 9:00-12:00; Project Work, 12:30-2:30 REALM

June 14th:    Session 19, Year-end Celebration, 10:00-1:00 Location TBD

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