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49ers STEM Leadership Institute Students Win Startup Weekend Mountain View

Posted February 8th, 2017

“Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together Mountain View designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!” (Read more about Startup Weekend Mountain View here.)

For this year’s competition, the Mountain View Voice published an article, featuring two 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) students:

“The annual, fast-paced three-day event is designed to get middle school-aged kids excited about entrepreneurship and new inventions. Nithila and Sriya [SLI students] were part of team MyLine, which eventually won the weekend-long event for their new app, which is designed to reduce wait times at school lunch lines.” (Kevin Forestieri/Mountain View Voice)

To see more pictures of the event, visit the Mountain View Voice Webpage.

“[Two 49ers STEM Leadership Institute students] were part of team MyLine, which eventually won the weekend-long event for their new app, which is designed to reduce wait times at school lunch lines.

49ers STEM Leadership Institute Students Win Startup Weekend Mountain View

Posted February 8th, 2017

“Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together Mountain View designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!” (Read more about Startup Weekend Mountain View here.)

For this year’s competition, the Mountain View Voice published an article, featuring two 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) students:

“The annual, fast-paced three-day event is designed to get middle school-aged kids excited about entrepreneurship and new inventions. Nithila and Sriya [SLI students] were part of team MyLine, which eventually won the weekend-long event for their new app, which is designed to reduce wait times at school lunch lines.” (Kevin Forestieri/Mountain View Voice)

To see more pictures of the event, visit the Mountain View Voice Webpage.

Happy Holidays!

Posted January 3rd, 2017

Winter break is just wrapping up, and as our students get ready to return from a couple weeks of well-deserved vacation, we at the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute want to take a moment to applaud their achievements and hard work during the first half of this school year.

In November, high school students competed in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) for the first time. Three of our four teams were invited to participate in the semi-final rounds of the qualifying tournaments and one team was awarded for its advancement to the championship round of the qualifying tournaments. 

Also in November, our middle school site participated in FIRST LEGO League (FLL), sending a record twelve teams to qualifying tournaments. Two teams were awarded Project Awards and one team was awarded Judges’ Award.  The team “King of the Ocean” was nominated for the Global Innovation Award and they will be presenting their research at a judged showcase in 2017.  Check out their research project on their website here. In addition, two teams are advancing to the district/regional championships in early 2017!

Students who didn’t participate in FLL or FTC this autumn have been working on research projects for ExploraVision. Throughout November and December, students pitched their ideas to both peers and a panel of industry professionals in order to get feedback and improve their projects before the deadline in January.

Lastly, in addition to mandatory participation by all students in the Math Olympiad and AMC contests, sixty students volunteered to participate in the Global Math Challenge (GMC) this autumn, and we are excited to announce that two 9th graders and one 8th grader placed in the bronze category, and one 8th grader placed silver, ranking 1st in the USA and 36th in the world. Well done!

Congratulations to all students in the program for all your effort, teamwork and support of your fellow classmates over the last few months! We hope you enjoyed your holiday break.  Happy New Year! We are excited to see all that you will accomplish in 2017!

“…we are excited to announce that two 9th graders and one 8th grader placed in the bronze category [in the Global Math Challenge (GMC)], and one 8th grader placed silver, ranking 1st in the USA and 36th in the world. Well done!”

Happy Holidays!

Posted January 3rd, 2017

Winter break is just wrapping up, and as our students get ready to return from a couple weeks of well-deserved vacation, we at the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute want to take a moment to applaud their achievements and hard work during the first half of this school year.

In November, high school students competed in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) for the first time. Three of our four teams were invited to participate in the semi-final rounds of the qualifying tournaments and one team was awarded for its advancement to the championship round of the qualifying tournaments. 

Also in November, our middle school site participated in FIRST LEGO League (FLL), sending a record twelve teams to qualifying tournaments. Two teams were awarded Project Awards and one team was awarded Judges’ Award.  The team “King of the Ocean” was nominated for the Global Innovation Award and they will be presenting their research at a judged showcase in 2017.  Check out their research project on their website here. In addition, two teams are advancing to the district/regional championships in early 2017!

Students who didn’t participate in FLL or FTC this autumn have been working on research projects for ExploraVision. Throughout November and December, students pitched their ideas to both peers and a panel of industry professionals in order to get feedback and improve their projects before the deadline in January.

Lastly, in addition to mandatory participation by all students in the Math Olympiad and AMC contests, sixty students volunteered to participate in the Global Math Challenge (GMC) this autumn, and we are excited to announce that two 9th graders and one 8th grader placed in the bronze category, and one 8th grader placed silver, ranking 1st in the USA and 36th in the world. Well done!

Congratulations to all students in the program for all your effort, teamwork and support of your fellow classmates over the last few months! We hope you enjoyed your holiday break.  Happy New Year! We are excited to see all that you will accomplish in 2017!

49ers Foundation and Chevron to Launch STEM Fab Lab at Santa Clara High School

Posted September 13th, 2016

Written by 49ers Staff


Check out the 49ers’ video of the Lab Opening Ceremony


“The San Francisco 49ers and Chevron unveiled the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Fabrication (Fab) Lab at Santa Clara High School in collaboration between the 49ers Foundation, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF), the Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) and Chevron. In addition to the incoming class of freshman enrolled in the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) that began their high school careers last month, the new state-of-the-art digital Fab Lab will also be open to the community.

“The Fab Lab at Santa Clara High School is a resource for inspiration for our future STEM leaders and the greater Santa Clara community,” said 49ers co-chairman John York. “These students are excited by education, learning to be leaders and seeking solutions in their world. Further augmenting the 49ers Foundation’s mission to keep kids ‘Safe, On Track, and In School’ in support of helping young people reach their full potential, we are excited to continue our work with Chevron in environments that allow our 49ers STEM Leadership Institute students flourish.”

Fab Labs give students experience working with tools, machinery and technology used today in STEM-related industries and helps them develop the critical skills needed to prepare them to become inventors and innovators of the future. The Fab Lab features a suite of digital fabrication tools and prototyping machines such as laser cutters, 3D printers, vinyl cutters and milling machines, used for “making almost anything.”

The 49ers Foundation, with the vision of inspiring the STEM leaders of the future, launched its collaborative education venture – the 49ers SLI – with 60 high-achieving 7th graders at the Chevron STEM Zone at Cabrillo Middle School in Santa Clara in July 2014. The six-year program exposes students to a rigorous curriculum of STEM, strengthening their skills to prepare them for eventual entry to colleges in STEM fields and STEM careers.”

For the rest of the story, visit the 49ers Foundation website.

“The Fab Lab at Santa Clara High School is a resource for inspiration for our future STEM leaders and the greater Santa Clara community […] These students are excited by education, learning to be leaders and seeking solutions in their world.”

— 49ers co-chairman John York

KPIX CBS Channel 5 covered the opening of the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute’s Fab Lab at Santa Clara High School. Check out their Facebook live video here.

49ers Foundation and Chevron to Launch STEM Fab Lab at Santa Clara High School

Posted September 13th, 2016

Written by 49ers Staff

“The San Francisco 49ers and Chevron unveiled the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Fabrication (Fab) Lab at Santa Clara High School in collaboration between the 49ers Foundation, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF), the Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) and Chevron. In addition to the incoming class of freshman enrolled in the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) that began their high school careers last month, the new state-of-the-art digital Fab Lab will also be open to the community.

“The Fab Lab at Santa Clara High School is a resource for inspiration for our future STEM leaders and the greater Santa Clara community,” said 49ers co-chairman John York. “These students are excited by education, learning to be leaders and seeking solutions in their world. Further augmenting the 49ers Foundation’s mission to keep kids ‘Safe, On Track, and In School’ in support of helping young people reach their full potential, we are excited to continue our work with Chevron in environments that allow our 49ers STEM Leadership Institute students flourish.”

For the rest of the story, visit the 49ers Foundation website.

KPIX CBS Channel 5 covered the opening of the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute’s Fab Lab at Santa Clara High School. Check out their Facebook live video here.

San Francisco 49ers Named Finalist for ESPN Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award

Posted June 16th, 2016

Written by 49ers Staff

“For the second consecutive year, the San Francisco 49ers have been named a finalist for the Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award, presented by ESPN. The second annual Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards will celebrate and honor athletes, teams, non-profits and members of the sports industry for using sport to serve communities and make a positive impact on society.

The event, which will take place Tuesday, July 12 from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. PT at the Conga Room at L.A. Live, will bring together the leagues and sporting community to pay tribute to the collective good of sports. Highlights of the evening will be featured during a 30-minute special on ESPN, July 15 at 7 p.m. ET.

The 49ers are one of four finalists for the Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award, which represents a sports team (and their community relations department or foundation) that demonstrates how teamwork between athletes and their team’s community relations or foundations can create a significant impact on a community or cause. The winner will receive a $100,000 grant from ESPN and each of the finalists a $25,000 grant to be directed towards the a charity related to the award-winning humanitarian efforts.

At the heart of the 49ers philanthropic efforts is their mission to keep kids “Safe, On Track, and In School,” as illustrated by their deep commitment to the San Francisco 49ers Academy, a middle school for underserved students in East Palo Alto. The team has supported the Academy from top to bottom with grants; player, alumni, ownership and staff involvement; mentorships; and facility enhancement. Inclusive of the contributions to the 49ers Academy, since 1992, the Foundation has donated $34.6 million to support nonprofits, contributing $4 million in 2015.

Headquartered in the center of Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, the San Francisco 49ers are seeking to improve STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education for children throughout the Bay Area. As such, the 49ers Foundation strategically created two distinct programs: The first — 49ers STEM Education Program at the 49ers Museum — annually provides a free day of STEM learning for 60,000 students through a common core-aligned science of football curriculum. The second — the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) — is a six-year program that delivers more than 300 hours of supplemental STEM education to 60 students in grades 7-12 each year.

Launched in 2014 as part of the Foundation’s education efforts, the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute is a collaborative education venture that each year welcomes to the program 60 new high-achieving 7th graders at the Chevron STEMZONE at Cabrillo Middle School in Santa Clara, Calif. The program exposes students to a rigorous curriculum of science, technology, engineering and math, strengthening their skills to prepare them for eventual entry to top-tier colleges in STEM fields and STEM careers. In July 2016, the program – currently serving 120 students – will expand to Santa Clara High School (SCHS) and, at full capacity in 2019, will serve 350 students from 7th through 12th grade.”

For the rest of the story, visit the 49ers Foundation website.

“. . . teamwork between athletes and their team’s community relations or foundations can create a significant impact on a community or cause.”

— 49ers staff

San Francisco 49ers Named Finalist for ESPN Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award

Posted June 16th, 2016

Written by 49ers Staff

“For the second consecutive year, the San Francisco 49ers have been named a finalist for the Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award, presented by ESPN. The second annual Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards will celebrate and honor athletes, teams, non-profits and members of the sports industry for using sport to serve communities and make a positive impact on society. […]

Headquartered in the center of Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, the San Francisco 49ers are seeking to improve STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education for children throughout the Bay Area. As such, the 49ers Foundation strategically created two distinct programs: The first — 49ers STEM Education Program at the 49ers Museum — annually provides a free day of STEM learning for 60,000 students through a common core-aligned science of football curriculum. The second — the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) — is a six-year program that delivers more than 300 hours of supplemental STEM education to 60 students in grades 7-12 each year.

For the rest of the story, visit the 49ers Foundation website.

49ers Foundation Brings in More Than $1.5 Million at 16th Annual Winter Fest Event

March 30th, 2016

Written by Emily Lucas, 49ers Communication Staff

“The San Francisco 49ers organization spent a weekend in late March surrounded by the beautiful mountain vistas of Olympic Valley, Calif., where they joined Olympians and other celebrities to bring in more than $1.5 million for the San Francisco 49ers Foundation at the 16th Annual Winter Fest. The weekend-long event, presented by Chevron, celebrated philanthropy, football, family, as well as food and wine, while supporting youth in the Bay Area through the 49ers Foundation and its outreach programming. The highlighted beneficiary for 2016 was the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute.

The vision of the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute, established in collaboration with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the Santa Clara Unified School District with significant support from Chevron, is to inspire the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leaders of the future. In July 2014, the 49ers Foundation launched the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute, a collaborative education venture with 60 high-achieving 7th graders at the Chevron STEMZONE at Cabrillo Middle School in Santa Clara, Calif. The six-year program exposes students to a rigorous curriculum of science, technology, engineering and math, strengthening their skills to prepare them for eventual entry to top-tier colleges in STEM fields and STEM careers. In fall 2016, the program – now serving 120 students – will expand to Santa Clara High School (SCHS) and, at full capacity in 2019, will serve 350 students from 7th through 12th grade. When Fab Lab SCHS opens, it will provide state-of-the-art equipment for the SLI students as well as the greater community of STEM entrepreneurs.”

For the rest of the story, visit the 49ers Foundation webpage.

“The weekend-long event. . . support[ed] youth in the Bay Area through the 49ers Foundation and its outreach programming. The highlighted beneficiary for 2016 was the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute.”

Emily Lucas, 49ers Communication Staff

49ers Foundation Brings in More Than $1.5 Million at 16th Annual Winter Fest Event

March 30th, 2016

Written by Emily Lucas, 49ers Communication Staff

“The San Francisco 49ers organization spent a weekend in late March surrounded by the beautiful mountain vistas of Olympic Valley, Calif., where they joined Olympians and other celebrities to bring in more than $1.5 million for the San Francisco 49ers Foundation at the 16th Annual Winter Fest. The weekend-long event, presented by Chevron, celebrated philanthropy, football, family, as well as food and wine, while supporting youth in the Bay Area through the 49ers Foundation and its outreach programming. The highlighted beneficiary for 2016 was the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute.

The vision of the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute, established in collaboration with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the Santa Clara Unified School District with significant support from Chevron, is to inspire the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leaders of the future. In July 2014, the 49ers Foundation launched the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute, a collaborative education venture with 60 high-achieving 7th graders at the Chevron STEMZONE at Cabrillo Middle School in Santa Clara, Calif. The six-year program exposes students to a rigorous curriculum of science, technology, engineering and math, strengthening their skills to prepare them for eventual entry to top-tier colleges in STEM fields and STEM careers. In fall 2016, the program – now serving 120 students – will expand to Santa Clara High School (SCHS) and, at full capacity in 2019, will serve 350 students from 7th through 12th grade. When Fab Lab SCHS opens, it will provide state-of-the-art equipment for the SLI students as well as the greater community of STEM entrepreneurs.”

For the rest of the story, visit the 49ers Foundation webpage.

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