FAST - Future Advancers of
Science & Technology
Connecting professional scientists, engineers, and artists with high school students to tackle big problems and create amazing projects
Expanding possibilities for students from disenfranchised or under-resourced communities to shape the future
FAST connects professional scientists, technologists, engineers, artists, and mathematicians (STEAM) with high school students to work on year-long open-ended projects that inspire students to pursue STEAM professions. Mentors and students meet in the afternoon every other Saturday throughout the school year to brainstorm a novel project, execute the project, and share the results with the larger community.
FAST also provides up to $100 per student for project supplies and helps connect students with resources at universities to make their wildest ideas a reality.
Support FAST !
If you came here already knowing you want to support FAST: Sponsor a FAST project! Grow the FAST community. Reach out about starting a chapter at your university. Connect with local high schools and build teams.
FAST's mission is to support historically disenfranchised or under-resourced high school students as they pursue open questions in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) fields through projects that the students and mentors independently develop. Through these projects and long-term mentorship from practicing professionals (e.g. graduate student researchers, professional artists/designers), students are exposed to new ways of thinking, careers in STEAM fields, and inspiration to pursue lifelong learning.
Every other Saturday (Aug - Apr) | 12 - 5 PM
At participating high schools or online
Mentee recruitment starts with invitation letters
“Pitch Day” to explain the program with presentations from FAST alumni and mentors and videos of cool unknowns in science and engineering for the upcoming year's themes
Brainstorming sessions with hands-on activities and team-building led by mentors
Students explore ideas and decide on project question
Winter and Spring
Mentor-led student workshops focus on topics such as college applications, scholarships, and presentation skills
Local science fair participation for selected student projects
All-participant poster symposium on Stanford University’s campus with:
Talks from Stanford professors
Sessions with college recruiters
Tours of Stanford lab spaces