One of 49ers STEM Leadership Institute's partners, SVEF, Ranked Among Nation's Top Education Innovation Clusters

Posted April 10th, 2017

Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SV[e]F) ranks among the nation’s top ten Education Innovation Clusters, according to an op-ed article written by Baltimore EdTech’s Frank Bonsai III.

“…the March rendition of the Baltimore EdTech meetup was fortunate to have Katrina Stevens speak on the subject of education innovation clusters (#edclusters). Katrina is a former Deputy Director of the US Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology and an expert on education, education innovation, and how technology and ecosystems or clusters apply to the same. In her two year stint at the USDOE, she became immersed in the nascent but growing concept of education innovation clusters, #edclusters. Katrina and the team led by former Director Joseph South were instrumental in furthering the work begun by Digital Promise alongside a robust body of adjacent work.

According to Digital Promise, education innovation clusters are “local communities of practice that bring together educators, entrepreneurs, funders, researchers, and other community stakeholders to design, implement, iterate on, and disseminate breakthrough learning practices and tools.” In simpler terms, clusters represent the places, people, processes, and pedagogies where innovative teaching, learning, and leading can more easily occur.

Why Education Innovation Clusters?

As the renowned economist, researcher, author, advisor, speaker and teacher, HBS professor Michael Porter, imparts, “clusters disproportionately foster productivity, innovation, and entrepreneurial activity in their regions.” In other words, the ecosystem density and quality of domains are critical […]

U.S. Top Ten Education Clusters — and Counting

iZone NYC— New York, New York

Remake Learning (+ Sprout Fund) — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

LEAP Innovations — Chicago, Illinois

Eduvate RI (+ Highlander Institute) — Rhode Island

MAPLE (+ LearnLaunch) — Boston, Massachusetts

Silicon Valley Education Foundation— Northern California

Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative— Kentucky

Alignment Nashville — Nashville, Tennessee

Mobile Technology Learning Center, U San Diego — Southern California

Community Share — Tucson, Arizona”

For the full article, check out the publication on LinkedIn or Baltimore EdTech website.

SLI Students Speak at 49ers Foundation's Winter Fest 2017

Posted April 5th, 2017

Last month, two 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) students had the opportunity to speak at the 49ers Foundation’s 17th annual Winter Fest. They spoke about their experiences in the SLI program; learning the design thinking process; working with state of the art tools; developing their soft skills; and collaborating with fellow classmates.

“The 49ers Foundation annual Winter Fest event at the Resort at Squaw Creek continues to expand and shatter records, this year raising over $2 million for the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute. The weekend entails a series of fun family festivities, interacting with 49ers players, coaches, ownership and Olympians, wine tasting from renowned wineries, as well as silent and live auctions and live entertainment.” (More information, photos, and video on the 49ers foundation website)

SLI Students Speak at 49ers Foundation's Winter Fest 2017

Posted April 5th, 2017

Last month, two 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) students had the opportunity to speak at the 49ers Foundation’s 17th annual Winter Fest. They spoke about their experiences in the SLI program; learning the design thinking process; working with state of the art tools; developing their soft skills; and collaborating with fellow classmates.

“The 49ers Foundation annual Winter Fest event at the Resort at Squaw Creek continues to expand and shatter records, this year raising over $2 million for the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute. The weekend entails a series of fun family festivities, interacting with 49ers players, coaches, ownership and Olympians, wine tasting from renowned wineries, as well as silent and live auctions and live entertainment.” (More information, photos, and video on the 49ers foundation website)

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!

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