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Our flagship STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program exposes youth to hands-on learning activities and career mentors.


We celebrate their interest in science.

In Silicon Valley, it's common for families to give their children opportunities that allow them to explore STEM learning. Foster youth don't usually have those opportunities. So, we make it possible by offering Saturday STEM classes. Students meet for 9 weeks and learn all about website design, robotics, coding, gamification, and more. Many of our classes are taught by volunteer STEM professionals and generally take place at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. 



Who needs to sleep in?  

We think of our STEM class as a social club that gives students somewhere to be on a Saturday and keeps them connected to other kids who share a common interest in technology. 


We make sure they stay connected. 

After they finish one 9-week STEM course,  we give our students a gift that recognizes the dedication they've shown to their academic growth. We award each student their very own personal laptop, which comes fully loaded with Microsoft Office tools and internet security software. Living in foster care can feel isolating at times. Laptops keep them connected to their school, friends, and community. 


Why laptops? 

Nowadays, it's impossible to get your homework done without a computer. Our laptop gifts make it easier for our scholars to do school research, write essays, and access their online assignments.  They also keep them connected to friends and family, help them search for jobs, and keep them involved in what's going on in the community. 


Only 20% of youth from foster care have access to a laptop.

I've always been interested in computer science, and Pivotal's STEM class let me explore that interest.

Pivotal Scholar

Read Denisse’s story about how our STEM program helped her hold tight to her dreams.