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For Seventh-graders with a ‘Spark’ in Math, the Road to STEM Careers Starts at Camp

Jennora Blair wasn’t about to miss her first real college lecture. The 13-year-old middle school student from Brooklyn knew that “Darwin, Mendel and the Origins of Life” was about to start in Yale University’s William L. Harkness Hall.

But as she walked quickly across campus, class schedule in hand, she didn’t know whether she was headed in the right direction.

Blair and her friend made it to watch the lecture on that recent Saturday morning, thanks both to a campus map and a growing nonprofit program that gives an extra boost to seventh-graders from low-income city schools with a certain “spark” for math.