San Joaquin Delta College is joining together with Verizon to host a three-week summer program that will introduce middle school girls to science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM.
Verizon officials said its Learning Rural Young Women program was launched in 2015 to teach middle school students next-generation technology, STEM and entrepreneurship skills through hands-on, interactive instruction.
The program centers around four areas: augmented and virtual reality, robotics, coding and application developing, and 3D design and printing.
The program begins Monday, June 14, and runs through July 2 at the San Joaquin Delta College campus in Stockton for free.
Students will attend in-person classes twice a week and, on the alternate days, they will be completing online work.
On Fridays, students will be able to virtually meet guest speakers such as NASA employees and Stockton natives who work in STEM fields.
Hours for the program are Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., and Fridays from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
The summer camp program is followed by one Saturday session per month throughout the school year from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Students eligible for the program are girls in grades 5-7 who reside in Delta College’s service area.
Students needing assistance with transportation costs can be given a nominal gas card for their parent or guardian as long as they are a registered student with the program.