equity in education.
We are advocates for equal education in American Indian/Alaska Native communities across the United States.
Lab 29's mission is to enrich and empower Native American students through STEM-focused educational courses that develop their academic awareness and ability while strengthening their cultural roots.
What We Do
Our camps are designed to engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) through a culturally-responsive curriculum focused individual and group activities. Students learn best when they are given the ability to design projects that are important to themselves and their communities.
To ensure that schools are able to facilitate year-round STEAM programs, we provide teacher training through open source online platforms. This is a key element to our program as it allows students to continue growing their knowledge by providing access to technology on a daily basis.
Many schools are eager to implement coding and entrepreneurship into their schedules, but don't know where to start. With our consulting services, Lab 29 helps schools choose the best curriculum, develops educational plans for classrooms, and is a resource for the staff to ask questions and advice.
Lab 29 at a Glance
Lab 29 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded on the idea that education is a key factor in improving social injustice and class divides. Our approach is to train existing teachers in Computer Science curricula that enables them to customize the instruction based on their cultural values and schools’ pedagogies. We develop a community of educators and young scholars through the implementation of culturally-relevant curriculum, Community-Based Education Model in teacher training, and the facilitation of engaging STEAM camps that are to be hosted on or near reservations for Native American students.
"Our main effort is to ensure that American Indian and Alaska Native students have the same opportunity as any other student. These kids may not have ever tried computer programming before, but when they sit down and start learning, you would have never known that. It’s not an issue of ability, it’s an issue of access."