Empowering Black and Latinx kids with STEM education
Despite living a stone’s throw away from Silicon Valley, kids in Oakland are separated by a great divide. It’s a chasm created by lack of opportunity. Oakland’s youth come from primarily Black and Hispanic families that have been failed by social, economic, and educational systems. To help close the gap and give these kids more opportunity, Kurani partnered with Google to build the Code Next Lab.
Six days a week, students from local high schools come to Code Next Lab to take hands-on courses in math, science, and technology taught by Google engineers. The lab was built as a safe space that encourages them to take risks and try new things. To build their confidence and assure students that learning is a process, the lab has showcases where students get to display their work in progress.
By building in Oakland, the lab affirms for kids that they don’t need to leave their town for good things — Oakland can be a place of opportunity. Kids now have immediate access to world-class mentors and laser cutters, 3D printers, and equipment, right in their neighborhood.
of students say the lab space has given them confidence to pursue a career in Computer Science & Tech
students say the space makes them feel they can change the world
To make computer science more relatable, we’re showing kids how it influences their lives.
A dismantled pair of Beats shows them all the bits and pieces that make up headphones. Nearby, a wall of video game controllers explains how technologists have made it possible for them to play the games they love.
When we need a space for impacting lives, Kurani is our architect.