"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt."
— John Muir
Science Programs Supported by the Newark Educational Foundation (NEF)

In the 2023-24 school year, over three hundred 5th graders from the Newark Unified School District will attend Science Camp in the Bay Area. The students spend three to four days at camp and throughout their stay are immersed in a natural laboratory for instruction on resource conservation, biology, ecology, and environmental education. On average, Science Camp costs $350 per student and the students hold fundraisers throughout the year to help fund their trip. This year, the NEF provides funds to each 5th grade class totaling $15,000 so all students who wish go to Science Camp can attend, and to pay for transportation to and from the camp.
To date, the NEF has provided over $85,000 for the NUSD Science Camp program with major funding provided by Cargill.
"Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done."
— Robert A. Heinlein
Science Projects and Activities Supported by the NEF
From time-to-time the NEF supports other deserving science related projects and activities. This support is intended to assist the receiving organization or group with unique or unplanned expenses. Members of the organization must demonstrate a commitment to raising a majority of the needed funds for such activities before the NEF considers funding such a request.
Each year nearly a thousand teams compete nationwide in the Team America Rocket Challenge. A select few teams advance to the finals near Washington DC each May. The Newark Unified School District qualified four teams in one year, the most of any district in California. This windfall stretched the self-funded budget of the Rocket Club and the NEF stepped in to provide funds to ensure lift-off so all the teams could compete.

The computer systems in the Newark Memorial High School computer lab were many years old with many being broken and unfixable. The lab was basically unusable. At the time, the district was operating under severe budget cuts from the state and could not replace the systems. The NEF provided the funds to help purchase new computer systems for the lab. These systems not only supplement traditional classroom learning, they also enable all students to participate in online courses for college prep, advanced placement, and more.