Where did the idea to create an engineering after school program for elementary schools in San Jose come from?
Engineering4All is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit created by Leela Mukherjee, a junior at Notre Dame High School. The board consists of sophomores at Notre Dame High School. The nonprofit encourages elementary schoolers at various schools in San Jose to explore engineering through brainstorming, designing, and building.
Our Main Goal
We believe that every student has the potential to be a great engineer and we hope to nurture that ability through our workshops and clubs.
Our goal is to expose students to all aspects of engineering to show them the options they can explore in depth in the future. We are not here to "make kids smarter", we simply would like to share our experiences with engineering and provide students with opportunities to explore and make their own decisions.
Before joining the Notre Dame Robotics Team, all of us had some kind of exposure to engineering, whether we had participated in a program in middle school or had a parent that worked in the field. As we became acquainted to the downtown San Jose community, we realized that there were many elementary schoolers who did not receive the same opportunities that we had.
Offer a program that is accessible to underserved communities and has a sustainable structure.
We offer our workshops and clubs at four different locations across San Jose and during free of cost after school programs to ensure we are reaching out to the group of people we are aiming to. Our dual approach to teaching means we have a one week workshop to introduce students to the engineering process and a twelve week club to solidify understanding of three different aspects of engineering.
If you would like to learn more about our program, check out our other website pages or reach out to us on our contact page. We would love to hear from you!