Project Spark: Free STEM Classes for Kids

Hello, my name is Nihal Gill and I’m a 15-year-old sophomore at Turlock High School located in Turlock County. With the majority of my family heritage rooted in Ceres, this farming community has become a vital aspect within my daily life. Upon witnessing the lack of STEM opportunities for students within the Ceres community, I decided to take action and establish change.

Project Spark provides in-person, and currently virtual, STEM classes for students in the Ceres community ranging from grades 4th-6th with an emphasis on summer classes. The classes are cost-free, and emphasize learning in topics such as robotics and coding for children who would likely not have such an opportunity elsewhere. Despite Project Spark’s ambition to expand, we have already achieved great success, receiving recognition and accolades from the Mayor of Ceres. 

All GoFundMe donations will be accounted for, and directly implemented into the Project Spark programs and classes. This includes purchasing higher quality robotic kits, expanding classes, and providing further technology for our students. While funding has remained local up until this point, our ambitious goals will require remote donations as well. When returned to in-person classes, funding will be aimed towards purchasing tablets specifically for coding classes to prepare these students for the future. Additionally, the next aim is to expand Project Spark into residing cities such as my home town, Turlock, and potentially even beyond the Central Valley. 

A large portion of the rural Ceres’ families have both parents employed, meaning children are left home alone especially in the summertime. With the potential dangers of children being left alone in Ceres and Stanislaus County as a whole, Project Spark provides a fun and educational activity while simultaneously keeping these children off the streets and away from such danger.

While the entirety of Project Spark’s efforts are executed individually, I depend on my community and peers’ support to ensure the success and flourishing of such bright and inquisitive students. I would greatly appreciate any moral or financial support offered to Project Spark and its initiative.


  • Manmeet Bains 
    • $100 
    • 2 mos


Nihal Gill 
Turlock, CA

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