SVEF is committed to identifying and finding solutions to computer sciences needs in San Mateo and Santa Clara County school districts. SVEF’s Computer Science Institute (CSI) program piloted in 2019, provides learning experiences to communities furthest from opportunity by introducing the foundations of computer science through the lens of making and design thinking in order to promote the continued pursuit of computer science learning in the future.

“I’ve really enjoyed every second I've spent in this class and hope to join again. I loved all the projects you gave and had a wonderful time coding with the tools you gave us. In the future I will try my hardest to become an engineer and maybe even teach other kids.”

- 7th grade student

“CSI is a good combination of head, hand, and heart knowledge. Students are able to apply their knowledge of computer science directly to a physical product while being given opportunities to create projects of their own passion”

-  2020 summer program teacher


Rosemary Kamei is the Chief Development and Innovation Officer of SVEF, and she talks about why SVEF piloted its CS Institute a few years ago and how it has been going through the pandemic. She talks about how it aims to promote equity in CS education, across the digital divide and accounting for socioeconomics, race, and gender in the Silicon Valley community.




CSI programs are offered by students identified by participating school districts. Rising 7th – 10th grade students who are selected, are invited to enroll for our Summer 2021 CSI program.


Project-based computer science curriculum aligned with CS standards. Students get a holistic view of computer systems - across hardware and software. The curriculum encourages creativity and personalization of projects and promotes learning by doing, trial and error and collaboration.

7th - 8th grade curriculum

  • Utilizes Micro:bit for the seamless integration of programming and physical computing

  • Centered on the four pillars of computational thinking: algorithm, decomposition, patterns, and abstraction

  • Digital resources and individually packed students material kits for distance learning

  • Research validated evaluation instruments

9th - 10th grade curriculum

(Piloting in summer of 2021)

  • Utilizes Raspberry Pi 3 for the seamless integration of programming and physical computing

  • Students will have a basic, but a fundamental knowledge of setting up, configuring, and connecting a Raspberry Pi to the physical world (Internet of Things)

  • Embedded modules from Cisco Networking Academy courses leading to the possibility of students earning a Cisco Academy Digital Badge.


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7TH, 8TH
9TH, 10TH

Middle School classes run for 19 days, and High School classes run for 24 days. CSI classes typically start mid-June and run through mid-July. Each district selects its own program dates, times, and location.

In the summer of 2021, classes may be virtual or in-person (following the district and county health guidelines)