Conduct a sustained after school STEM program in Santa Ana, California schools

RST excites students by bringing STEM to life with a program conducted by engineers and scientists in the classroom. The RST program mentors a group of students throughout the school year and provides a wide range of technologies- solar power, simple machines, basic chemistry and electricity to name a few.

The RST program is inquiry-based, and hands-on, meaning that students are challenged with building something. Our bridge-building lab introduces students to the design process in which they are required to design, build (from balsa wood that they cut and assemble) and then test to destruct. Our end of year finale is a rocket launch where every student builds, launches and recovers his/her own chemically powered rocket and calculates its maximum altitude using simple trigonometry. These are only a few examples illustrating how RST integrates math and science, exciting students with practical applications.

RST operates in schools located in Santa Ana, California where 91% of the students are classified as socioeconomically disadvantaged and 76% of the students are classified as English-language learners. (State of California, 2011 Growth Academic Performance Index Report.) RST, embarking on its 11th year of operation, is focusing its 2015-2016 program at a new Santa Ana public charter high school called the Samueli Academy.

Samueli Academy is committed to providing its students with high quality STEM curricula. Santa Ana has over 300,000 residents, with 28% of the city’s children living in poverty. The Santa Ana Unified School District has 53,121 students of which 94.3% are Hispanic and 87% qualify for free/reduced fee lunch.