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Cardinal Commitment
Student service organization

Future Advancers of Science and Technology (FAST)

Multi-quarter part-time
Education & Youth Development, 
Technology & Engineering

Stanford graduate students mentor Future Advancers of Science and Technology (FAST) toward achieving their goals of answering open questions in science and engineering clever solutions to problems in their society. High school students (grades 9-12) of Andrew P. Hill and James Lick high schools (in East San Jose) and Impact Academy (in Hayward) meet with Stanford PhD students during afternoons of two Saturdays each month. The goal is to brainstorm projects and carry out experiments / build prototypes between September and February. In late January through March, high school students present their work at local science fairs, state science fairs, and at a symposium at Stanford University.

Service required by group to fulfill a Cardinal Commitment: FAST mentors undergo training in the summer (August) and attend at least 85% of Saturday sessions in San Jose from August-March. Mentors will provide stable and consistent mentorship to 1-2 high school students/teams (students are primarily first-generation, low-income Vietnamese and Latinx). You can also fulfill the CC by developing and facilitating at least 6 workshops about college applications, financial aid, SATs, and presentation skills over the course of 3 quarters. Additionally, we are looking for individuals to help develop and teach an introductory coding curriculum.


Bay Area

Open To

Graduate Students


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