Become a Sponsor

Funding for Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy (DPEA) is provided by private donors through the DPEA Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation. The funds come from each of three sources:

  • DPEA Families
  • Corporate Sponsors
  • ​Foundations/Philanthropists

These funds are used to meet the annual operating budget, which is approximately $1,000 per student. These funds are used (in order of amount) for:

  • Teacher Staffing to Reduce Class Size
  • FIRST Robotics
  • Shop Manager Salary
  • Curriculum Development
  • Classroom Supplies
  • Maintenance & Repair
  • Computer Hardware & Software
  • Travel Support
  • Office Expenses & Hospitality
  • Uniforms & Apparel
  • Insurance & Accounting

The foundation is proud of the fact that less than 4% of funds raised go to overhead.

The core of the DPEA educational experience is “The Art of Engineering” curriculum. The three-year course is an innovative program focused on project-based learning that has been approved by the University of California. In this curriculum, students are challenged to complete projects utilizing concepts and skills from a multitude of disciplines including physics, engineering, art, design, computer science and mechatronics. The courses are delivered in an integrated fashion so that students are engaged in any or several of the disciplines as they pursue completion of their projects.

The senior capstone experience, called Mechatronics, is designed to provide a comprehensive engineering experience. The students work with DPEA staff to design and fabricate interactive installations that are exhibited in the community. The goal for each student team is to create an engaging installation that will be enjoyed by wide audiences when exhibited in museums, corporate spaces, private galleries, and public venues. The Mechatronics project provides authentic product development and deployment experiences for the students.
This year’s seniors will refine, reimagine, and expand upon the Carousel of Physics and the Physics Arcade, as well as develop new products. Students will be working in Departments in Working Groups comprised of approximately 15 students. Within each Working Group, students will work as individuals and small teams, depending on the size and scope of their projects. Students will move through Departments in their Working Groups, and will work with a variety of DPEA staff members on different aspects of the product development cycle.
The Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy is a rigorous academic program that attracts a diverse group of students. Half of DPEA students are female, which is a ratio that is rare in a STEM discipline. 100% of DPEA students graduate and go on to 4-year University programs, with 85% pursuing technical degrees (both males and females). Our students are accepted into the highest ranked science and engineering programs at the best colleges throughout the country. DPEA graduates are prepared to become leaders in both industry and academia.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, we would be happy to host a visit to the Elings Center for Engineering Education, the home of DPEA, where you can learn more about our program and meet the students and teachers.
Sponsorship Levels and Recognition are available on the website. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy or if you would like more information, please contact us.