About Level Playing Field Institute
Founded in 2001 and based in Oakland, CA, Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI) currently operates STEM and computing-focused education programs in California for underrepresented middle and high school students. LPFI is part of the Kapor Center for Social Impact (KCSI), a community of organizations and partnerships focused on leveraging the power of information technology to benefit underserved communities in the United States.
LPFI operates the following programs: the Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) is a year-round academic program that serves high school students, Summer Math and Science Honors Pathways (SMASH Pathways) is a SMASH Academy preparatory summer program for grade 8 students transitioning to high school that consists of STEM-focused experiential activities and workshops, and Level the Coding Field hackathons are a two-day coding exposure experience for middle and high school students. Additionally, (and connectedly) LPFI conducts research-examining inequity in access and opportunity across K12, higher education, and workplace contexts in order to improve the outcomes for underrepresented students in STEM fields.