49ers SLI Middle School Students Participate in Raspberry Pi Workshop

49ers SLI Middle School Students Participate in Raspberry Pi Workshop

April 19, 2019

Last week, around thirty 49ers SLI middle school students participated in an optional coding program at the Computer Science Museum in Mountain View. The first challenge of the day was to use the Raspberry Pi along with a few other materials to make a light bulb turn on. During this activity, students learned how to … Read More

April Monthly Update

April Monthly Update

April 15, 2019

The 49ers SLI monthly update is a program-wide newsletter, which overviews our classes and activities from the last month, including announcements, shoutouts, and photos. This month’s update includes news about Tech Challenge, Synopsys Science Fair awards, MakerFaire, recent field trips, upcoming class events, end of year tests, and more! Return to 49ers SLI Program Page … Read More

49ers SLI 7th Graders Visit Google

49ers SLI 7th Graders Visit Google

April 9, 2019

In early April, all 49ers SLI 7th graders had the unique opportunity to visit Google in Mountain View. The visit started off with a tour of the campus, followed by a marvelous lunch buffet in the food court, and then employees spoke with students about their specific work within Google. Topics covered included: How Google … Read More

STEMATIX, Issue 6

STEMATIX, Issue 6

March 27, 2019

STEMATIX, a completely student-run and student-written magazine, has produced its sixth issue with articles from 49ers SLI middle and high school students. This issue centers around the Santa Clara department of public safety, including several interviews and articles on the STEM found in law enforcements, forensic science, and fire fighting. Click here to read the current … Read More

March Monthly Update

March Monthly Update

March 15, 2019

The 49ers SLI monthly update is a program-wide newsletter, which overviews our classes and activities from the last month, including announcements, shoutouts, and photos. This month’s update includes news about Spring competitions tracks (Tech Challenge and MakerFaire), Science Fair the film, ExploraVision results, math competition awards, various classroom project, like the Atom Mobile, and more! … Read More

February Monthly Update

February Monthly Update

February 17, 2019

The 49ers SLI monthly update is a program-wide newsletter, which overviews our classes and activities from the last month, including announcements, shoutouts, and photos. This month’s update includes news about our first ever 49ers SLI High School Science Showcase, general admissions winding down, transfer applications, student shoutouts, competition results, and upcoming course curriculum and tests. … Read More

Science Fair is in the Air at 49ers SLI

Science Fair is in the Air at 49ers SLI

February 15, 2019

At the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute, science fairs are on everyone’s mind at the moment. The program hosted its first-ever Science Showcase, where SLI’s 9th & 10th grade cohorts showcased 45 science projects. Over 24 judges from industry and education backgrounds visited students’ displays and spoke with them about their research and findings.  Students presented research on … Read More

January Monthly Update

January Monthly Update

January 18, 2019

The 49ers SLI monthly update is a program-wide newsletter, which overviews our classes and activities from the last month, including announcements, shoutouts, and photos. Due to the long winter break and the new semester just starting, this month’s update is a photo newsletter is a look back at all the exciting things that students have … Read More

STEMATIX, Issue 5

STEMATIX, Issue 5

December 20, 2018

STEMATIX, a completely student-run and student-written magazine, has produced its fifth issue with articles from 49ers SLI middle and high school students. This issue tackles the issues of net neutrality, bitcoin, scuba technology in the Thailand Cave rescue, California wildfires, and election math. Click here to read the current issue, and visit www.stematix.org to read the four … Read More

December Monthly Update

December Monthly Update

December 17, 2018

The 49ers SLI monthly update is a program-wide newsletter, which overviews our classes and activities from the last month, including announcements, shoutouts, and photos. This month’s update includes news about FTC & FLL awards, upcoming class activities and tests, applications for the class of 2025, and our Fall Symposiums at the middle school & high … Read More

Learning By Giving Partnering with 49ers SLI

Learning By Giving Partnering with 49ers SLI

November 22, 2018

Students attending the Learning by Giving reception. Learning by Giving is partnering with the 49ers Foundation and SLI to implement a pilot program aimed to teach students the art and business of philanthropic giving. All juniors will go through an accelerated month long intensive of experiential philanthropy; they will participate in experiential learning by studying nonprofits and giving … Read More

November Monthly Update

November Monthly Update

November 19, 2018

The 49ers SLI monthly update is a program-wide newsletter, which overviews our classes and activities from the last month, including announcements, shoutouts, and photos. This month’s update includes news about 49ers SLI application for the class of 2025, our exciting new partnership with Learning by Giving, field trips to Levi’s Stadium and the Monterey Bay … Read More

Freshmen get a Close Look at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Freshmen get a Close Look at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

October 17, 2018

Last week SLI 9th graders visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The day-long field trip included a hands-on “Discovery Lab” seminar given specifically for our students, where students learned about the biodiversity of the kelp forrest “The kelp forests of Monterey Bay are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth. What is biodiversity and why … Read More

October Monthly Update

October Monthly Update

October 16, 2018

The 49ers SLI monthly update is a program-wide newsletter, which overviews our classes and activities from the last month, including announcements, shoutouts, and photos. This month’s update includes news about 49ers SLI autumn competitions (FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge, & ExploraVison), classroom progress and upcoming activities, integrated projects using our lab equipments, and the … Read More

STEMATIX Tackles Environmental Issues in 4th Issue

STEMATIX Tackles Environmental Issues in 4th Issue

October 15, 2018

STEMATIX, a completely student-run and student-written magazine, has produced its fourth issue with articles from 49ers SLI middle and high school students. This issue’s theme centers around global warming and environmental issues. In addition, this issue is the first to feature a Stanford Penpals article, a Q&A with Developmental Biologists from Stanford. Click here to … Read More

September Program Update

September Program Update

September 15, 2018

The 49ers SLI monthly update is a program-wide newsletter, which overviews our classes and activities from the last month, including announcements, shoutouts, and photos. This month’s update includes news about our Middle School Program Manager, Autumn competition tracks, our brand new course (AP Seminar) at Santa Clara High School, and the last month of classroom … Read More

49ers SLI High Schoolers Participate in AI Innovation Contest

49ers SLI High Schoolers Participate in AI Innovation Contest

September 1, 2018

“It was a wonderful experience that really helped me expand my knowledge of artificial intelligence and user interface”    — SLI 9th grader On August 19th, two teams of SLI 9th & 10th graders represented Santa Clara High School in the MindX AI Innovation Contest. Co-sponsored by Cupertino Library Foundation, Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE) and … Read More

49ers SLI Juniors Visit Stanford

49ers SLI Juniors Visit Stanford

August 15, 2018

Every summer, as a part of SLI summer session, each grade attends a different field trip. The 7th graders go to the Exploratorium; the 8th graders visit the California Academy of Sciences; the 9th graders explore the Computer History Museum; and the 10th grades tour NASA Ames Center. And for the first time this year, … Read More

49ers SLI Staff Attends and Teaches a Workshop at FAB14

49ers SLI Staff Attends and Teaches a Workshop at FAB14

July 30, 2018

Before summer session started, a group of SLI teachers and administrators attended the Fab14 Conference (the 14th annual international Fab Lab meeting) in Toulouse, France. The annual event aims to gather people from all over the world to debate new technologies, build the Fab Lab network, and to share knowledge among educators and makers. The motto … Read More

Students Participate in Hackathon for Beyond Innovation

Students Participate in Hackathon for Beyond Innovation

May 30, 2018

The 49ers and the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) were featured in an article on the Sports Techie website by Tom Taylor. He discusses the Hackathon that occurred last week in association with the Beyond Innovation: On Tuesday, the San Francisco 49ers Foundation hosted 47 teens at a mini-hackathon at Levi’s Stadium. The students, who ranged from eighth … Read More

Students on KQED Radio

Students on KQED Radio

May 3, 2018

This week Santa Clara High School’s journalism class was featured on KQED Radio’s Youth Takeover, including work from three 10th grade students from the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute. Samantha & Vincent did a piece about libraries interviewing Emma (another SLI 10th grader), and Sam spoke about public speaking. To listen to their stories, you can visit … Read More

49ers SLI Teams Compete in Tech Challenge!

49ers SLI Teams Compete in Tech Challenge!

May 2, 2018

Last weekend, teams from all over the bay area competed in Tech Challenge 2018: Drop & Dash. This year, SLI sent eleven teams from Cabrillo Middle School and nine teams from Santa Clara High School. As the San Jose Tech Museum website describes, “This signature program of The Tech invites teams of students in Grades 4-12 … Read More

STEMATIX, Issue 3

STEMATIX, Issue 3

April 30, 2018

STEMATIX, a completely student-run and student-written magazine, has produced its third issue with articles from 49ers SLI middle and high school students. This issue’s theme centers around flight and space travel. In addition, the STEMATIX team is thrilled to announce that they are now collaborating with Stanford Sciences Penpals program!  Stanford Science Penpals has graciously agreed to … Read More

Levi’s Stadium 49ers SLI Career Day

Levi’s Stadium 49ers SLI Career Day

April 24, 2018

This April, all 49ers STEM Leadership Institute students from both middle and high school were invited to attend a one-of-a-kind Career Day at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers EDU team arranged this day-long event, tailoring it specifically for SLI students’ passions and career goals. In December, students filled out surveys, describing their interests, their possible future plans, … Read More

49ers SLI Students Receive Awards for Synopsys Projects

49ers SLI Students Receive Awards for Synopsys Projects

April 12, 2018

A highly selective regional science fair with strict research requirements, Synopsys Championship hosts participants from all over the Bay Area every year. Forty-two SLI projects were accepts this year; twenty-nine from Cabrillo Middle School and thirteen from the high school; and we are thrilled to announce that over a third of those projects received awards … Read More

Students Are Preparing for San Jose Tech Museum’s Tech Challenge & MakerFaire

Students Are Preparing for San Jose Tech Museum’s Tech Challenge & MakerFaire

April 5, 2018

SLI middle school and high school students having begun preparing for their Spring challenges. Half of students will be competing the San Jose Tech Museum’s Tech Challenge and the other half will present research and design projects at MakerFaire.  This year for tech challenge, students have been given a scenario that requires creative thinking and diligent problem-solving: “Imagine … Read More

49ers SLI Students Receive Honorable Mentions from ExploraVision

49ers SLI Students Receive Honorable Mentions from ExploraVision

March 12, 2018

A nationwide competition for grades K-12, ExploraVision focuses on the history and future of technology; it has very open-ended guidelines that allow contestants to get very creative and imaginative in their research projects. Competing teams select a specific current technology and research its origin, its modern day purpose, and its design. “The students must then project into … Read More

49ers SLI 9th Graders Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium

49ers SLI 9th Graders Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium

March 10, 2018

SLI 9th graders visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where they explored the many exhibits showcasing marine wildlife and habitats from the Monterey Bay and from around the world. Current exhibits include: ¡Viva Baja!, an exploration of the creatures that live off those coast of Baja California Tentacles, which features octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish, all masters … Read More

Final Results from the Autumn/Winter Robotics Competitions

Final Results from the Autumn/Winter Robotics Competitions

March 6, 2018

Before all SLI students launch into the Spring competition season, here is a final update about the conclusion of the Autumn/Winter robotics competitions. Middle school FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams and high school FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams wrapped up their final competitions in January and February and should be very proud of their accomplishments … Read More

49ers SLI Student-Run Magazine Publishes Second Issue

49ers SLI Student-Run Magazine Publishes Second Issue

February 1, 2018

Students have released the second issue of STEMATIX, SLI’s 100% student-run and written magazine. Earlier this year a few proactive 8th graders began the magazine and since it’s first issue, their team has grown to include more 7th and 8th graders. These students’ initiative, resourcefulness, and passion is admirable and inspiring, and the staff at the … Read More

Students Present Research at Local Elementary School

Students Present Research at Local Elementary School

January 25, 2018

In December, SLI’s 7th and 8th grade students visited Central Park Elementary School and spoke about their ExploraVision research projects. Using the opportunity to work on their speaking and teaching skills, they modified their presentations to cater to their elementary school audience, bringing engaging activities and visual aides. According to attending teachers, Central Park students … Read More

49ers SLI Students Visit Intuitive Surgical

49ers SLI Students Visit Intuitive Surgical

January 11, 2018

In December, a group of 7th and 8th grade students visited Intuitive Surgical with Mr. Tsang, SLI’s 7th grade algebra teacher. They received a behind-the-scenes tour and sat down and spoke with two staff members, one from marketing and one from engineering. They also got hands on experience with the company’s da Vinci® robotic surgical system. … Read More

Robotics Competition Update and Awards!

Robotics Competition Update and Awards!

December 19, 2017

It’s mid-December and time for a SLI robotics competition update! So far this year, students have participated in many tournaments throughout the Bay Area and a number of teams have been honored with awards and advancements. SLI middle school teams competed in FIRST Lego League in November, where they were judged in two areas, a robotics game … Read More

49ers SLI Attends the CA STEAM Symposium

49ers SLI Attends the CA STEAM Symposium

December 12, 2017

The California STEAM Symposium provides attendees with the opportunity to celebrate, learn, support and connect with those who are interested and invested in STEAM education. It boasts approximately three thousand attendees, and this year it took place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Due to it’s easy accessibility to the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute, SLI … Read More

Students Participate in Hour of Code

Students Participate in Hour of Code

December 7, 2017

  Yesterday SLI 7th & 8th grade students participated in “Hour of Code,” a grassroots movement where participants around the world, at all programming levels, code for one hour on a designated day. “The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify ‘code’, to show that anybody can learn the … Read More

SLI Students Visit the 49ers STEAM Program & Museum

SLI Students Visit the 49ers STEAM Program & Museum

November 26, 2017

Last week, SLI’s 7th grade cohort visited the 49ers Museum and STEAM Education Program at Levi’s Stadium. The museum explores the history of the 49ers Football Team and the engineering and design of football gear throughout the last century. The STEAM Education Program, a 49ers Foundation project, hosts students from all over the Bay Area, entirely free of cost, … Read More

Field Trip to PayPal Headquarters

Field Trip to PayPal Headquarters

November 15, 2017

Written by A.H. (8th Grade Student) In October, a portion of STEM students visited the PayPal headquarters for a tour and introduction to their company. PayPal created a way to make financial transactions digitally and safely anywhere and with anyone in the world. The SLI students that went on this trip are participating in a project called … Read More

Students Create Their Own STEM Magazine

Students Create Their Own STEM Magazine

October 20, 2017

This autumn, a group of SLI middle school students took the initiative to start their own student-run magazine, called STEMATIX. The first issue was recently released, featuring articles on a wide range of topics. It includes an interview with STEM industry professionals, a couple creative writing pieces and comic strips with STEM themes, and columns on … Read More

Students Dive Into Robotics Competitions!

Students Dive Into Robotics Competitions!

October 11, 2017

It’s autumn and SLI students are deep in preparation for the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and First Tech Challenge (FTC) competitions. For FLL, middle school teams compete in two areas: a robotics game and a research project, both centered around a specific theme. Last year’s theme featured endangered species and wildlife preservation; this year’s theme … Read More

Students Volunteer at 49ers Foundation’s Tuesday Night Football

Students Volunteer at 49ers Foundation’s Tuesday Night Football

September 11, 2017

On Tuesday night, six 8th graders represented the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) at the first annual Tuesday Night Football fundraiser for the 49ers Foundation, a co-founder and primary funder of SLI. Students sold raffle tickets, manned a SLI activity booth, and got to eat dinner in the Levi’s Stadium end zone with Silicon Valley … Read More

49ers SLI Summer Session 2017: Building Computers, Touring Backstage at NASA, and Building with Ten Thousand LEGO parts!

49ers SLI Summer Session 2017: Building Computers, Touring Backstage at NASA, and Building with Ten Thousand LEGO parts!

August 10, 2017

In the last three weeks, students participated in exciting, new activities in addition to re-familiarizing themselves with the the lab equipment, using the design thinking cycle, and preparing for the year ahead. With the help of NASA engineer William Van Dalsem (Deputy Director, Aeronautics Directorate), tenth graders had the opportunity to visit NASA’s Ames Research Center; … Read More

49ers Win The ESPN Humanitarian Award

49ers Win The ESPN Humanitarian Award

July 18, 2017

This week, the 49ers Team’s humanitarian projects, including the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute, were recognized by ESPN. “The 49ers were recognized as ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year during an awards ceremony Tuesday evening in Los Angeles. Co-chair Dr. John York accepted the honor on behalf of the organization. Safety Eric Reid, who is a regular … Read More

Video Featuring Adam Savage’s Visit to 49ers SLI Released

Video Featuring Adam Savage’s Visit to 49ers SLI Released

June 16, 2017

The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute was featured in an article on Benzinga.com, talking about Adam Savage’s recent video series: “Renowned digital designer and maker Adam Savage’s website, Tested.com, debuts videos shot at two innovative spaces in the California Bay Area; a high school fab lab and a children’s hospital makerspace. The Fab Foundation and Chevron … Read More

Article About MakerFaire Features 49ers SLI Students

Article About MakerFaire Features 49ers SLI Students

June 6, 2017

Weekly, titled “Santa Clara Techies and Tinkerers Convene at the Twelfth Annual Bay Area Maker Faire,” features a brief interview with a couple SLI middle school students: …Santa Clara students at the Faire included Cabrillo Middle School eighth graders Samhitha Hebbale and Lekhana Vankayala, who presented their project on crystallization. They are part of a competitive 6-year … Read More

NASA at Santa Clara High School

NASA at Santa Clara High School

June 3, 2017

A couple weeks ago, several scientists from NASA’s Ames Research Center visited Santa Clara High School to speak to advanced math and science students, including SLI 9th graders. Over three hundred students from AP biology, physics, statistics, both levels of calculus, and computer science were invited to the conference. The day started with a introductory speech, given … Read More

Students Participate in the Green Ninja Film Festival

Students Participate in the Green Ninja Film Festival

June 2, 2017

Four teams comprised of 24 SLI 7th graders were finalists in this years Green Ninja Film Festival, and we are excited to announce that one  team won the Creative Story Award and one team won the People’s Choice Award. Congratulations! “This year was the fourth Annual Green Ninja Film Festival! More than one hundred films were submitted … Read More

49ers SLI 7th Graders Help Restore the Wetlands

49ers SLI 7th Graders Help Restore the Wetlands

June 1, 2017

SLI’s 7th graders are currently studying ecosystems, human impact on the environment, and geology; and they recently got the exciting opportunity to get their feet wet (and their hands dirty) restoring Bay Area wetlands. Under the expert guidance of Save The Bay (a Bay Area organization dedicated to restoring Bay Area ecosystems), SLI students spent the afternoon … Read More

Students Present Projects at MakerFaire 2017

Students Present Projects at MakerFaire 2017

May 25, 2017

It’s May, which means it’s time for MakerFaire! A celebration of the Maker Movement, the faire is a unique festival that blends STEM fields, art, creativity, and the design process. This year, SLI students from all three grade levels presented projects that they specifically developed for Maker Faire. Each grade level was given a theme to inspire their … Read More

Levi’s Stadium Field Trip

Levi’s Stadium Field Trip

May 22, 2017

A couple weeks ago, SLI’s 7th grade cohort got the chance to visit Levi’s Stadium, where they saw and experienced STEM in the real world. The day included a tour of the stadium (which has incorporated several STEM related features into its design) and the 49ers Museum (which features football memorabilia and educational pieces about the science of … Read More

Tech Challenge – 2017

Tech Challenge – 2017

May 4, 2017

This last weekend SLI students from each grade competed in the Tech Challenge at The San Jose Tech Museum. Students were given the following goal: to construct a device to help explorers cross two ravines in an ice field. According to the 2017 official rules, “Explorers must cross each ravine, bringing their entire device across for future use. Self-powered … Read More

49ers SLI Students Volunteer at Community STEM Events

49ers SLI Students Volunteer at Community STEM Events

May 3, 2017

This past week SLI students volunteered at two community events in Santa Clara. The first event, STEM Central, took place on Saturday at Central Park Library. Fifteen SLI students hosted booths about FIRST Tech Challenge and other STEM activities. According to the event website, “STEM Central is an all-day, family-friendly event celebrating science, technology, engineering, … Read More

Steve Wozniak Invites 49ers SLI Students to Participate in Science Fair

Steve Wozniak Invites 49ers SLI Students to Participate in Science Fair

April 27, 2017

Steve Wozniak (inventor, engineer, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Apple) hosts an annual Science Fair as a part of Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC); this year, Wozniak attended Synopsys Science Fair and invited certain projects to participate, including some SLI students’ projects. Wozniak met with each student team and discussed their projects, giving them a unique opportunity … Read More

Students Attend the California State Science Fair

Students Attend the California State Science Fair

April 25, 2017

This last weekend a team of SLI students attended the California State Science Fair. After receiving the 2nd place award in Physical Science and Engineering at Synopsys Science Fair, they were invited to attend this selective fair in Southern California. The team enjoyed presenting its project at this statewide competition. They were able to meet students from … Read More

Adam Savage, Brandi Chastain, and Jesse Sapolu visit!

Adam Savage, Brandi Chastain, and Jesse Sapolu visit!

April 21, 2017

Adam Savage, former co-host of the hit show MythBusters, visited FabLab Santa Clara High School on Wednesday, April 19, to work with SLI 9th graders. Savage’s visit was a part of “a national tour of 6 Maker Cities in the USA”, sponsored by Chevron and Fab Foundation. According to the Fab Foundation, “the tour is designed to visit and … Read More

49ers SLI’s 7th Graders Get an Inside Look at Google

49ers SLI’s 7th Graders Get an Inside Look at Google

April 20, 2017

Our 7th grade class visited Google campus on Wednesday, where they got an exclusive peek into the life, culture, and undertakings of Google and Alphabet (Google’s holding company). Students began the visit with an indulgent lunch at the Google dining hall and then a tour around main Mountain View campus. After walking off lunch, students attended five talks … Read More

Synopsys Science Fair Awards!

Synopsys Science Fair Awards!

April 10, 2017

After the awards ceremony on Sunday, we are thrilled to announce the specific awards and honors that SLI students received. Three SLI projects (one from each grade level) placed 1st in the Physical Science & Engineering Category and the two middle school projects received nominations to compete in Broadcom MASTERS (an elite middle school science competition). Two more SLI … Read More

49ers SLI partner SVEF Ranked Among Nation’s Top Education Innovation Clusters

49ers SLI partner SVEF Ranked Among Nation’s Top Education Innovation Clusters

April 10, 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 … Read More

Students Speak at Winter Fest

Students Speak at Winter Fest

April 5, 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 … Read More

Six SLI Teams Receive Honorable Mention for their ExploraVision Projects

Six SLI Teams Receive Honorable Mention for their ExploraVision Projects

March 10, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that six SLI teams received Honorable Mention for their ExploraVision research projects. ExploraVision is a nationwide competition centered around the history and future of technology. Competing teams select a specific current technology and research its origin, its modern day purpose, and exactly how it works. “The students must then project into the future … Read More

Recruitment for Class of 2023 Wraps Up

Recruitment for Class of 2023 Wraps Up

March 2, 2017

After three months dedicated to the recruitment process, we at the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) are excited to announce that all admission decisions for the incoming class of 2023 have been finalized. From the written applications to the student interviews to the SLI-hosted information sessions, we were amazed by the talent and passion of this … Read More

Students Start Working on Maker Faire 2017 Projects

Students Start Working on Maker Faire 2017 Projects

February 18, 2017

Maker Faire isn’t happing for a few months, but that doesn’t mean SLI students aren’t hard at work brainstorming and creating in anticipation. A celebration of the Maker Movement, Maker Faire is a unique festival that blends STEM fields, art, creativity, and problem solving. This year SLI is sending several teams from each grade to showcase creations … Read More

Students Win Startup Weekend

Students Win Startup Weekend

February 8, 2017

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 “Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together Mountain View designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains … Read More

Tech Museum’s Tech Challenge 2017 kicks off!

Tech Museum’s Tech Challenge 2017 kicks off!

February 2, 2017

It’s that time of year again! SLI students from each grade will be participating in the 2017 Tech Challenge at The San Jose Tech Museum. Students have been given the following goal: to construct a device to help explorers cross two ravines in an ice field. According to the 2017 official rules, “Explorers must cross each ravine, … Read More

Synopsys Science Fair Championship – 2017

Synopsys Science Fair Championship – 2017

January 30, 2017

Presented by the Santa Clara Valley Science & Engineering Faire Association We are proud to announce that several SLI groups from each grade have been accepted to Synopsys Championship this year. Synopsys is a prestigious local science fair that calls for rigorous project-based research from its participants. Its guidelines require a clearly defined question or problem; accurate … Read More

ExploraVision 2016/17!

ExploraVision 2016/17!

January 24, 2017

ExploraVision is a nationwide competition centered around the history and future of technology, and this year half of SLI’s students participated (while the other half tackled FIRST LEGO League or FIRST Tech Challenge). Competing teams select a specific current technology and research all aspects of its origin and its modern day purpose and how exactly it works. “The students … Read More

1st Semester Retrospective

1st Semester Retrospective

January 5, 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 … Read More

Global Math Competition Results!

Global Math Competition Results!

December 20, 2016

For the first time this year, students had the chance to participate in the Global Math Challenge (GMC). Sixty students volunteered to participate. As the GMC website says, “Looking at math as a sport that everyone can take part in, we decided to create a worldwide math contest – Global Math Challenge [which includes] brain-teasers that stimulate … Read More

Hour of Code™

Hour of Code™

December 13, 2016

This year middle school students participated in the nationwide initiative, Hour of Code™. As Code.org describes it, “The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become … Read More

FIRST LEGO League & FIRST Tech Challenge

FIRST LEGO League & FIRST Tech Challenge

November 20, 2016

It’s that time of year again! SLI’s high school students will be participating in FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC). This year’s competition, titled “Velocity Vortex,” is played like a game, with different achievements awarding teams different points. Most of the goals involve robots moving a ball (sometimes large, sometimes small) into a particular area of the … Read More

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

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

August 24, 2016

“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 … Read More

49ers SLI Summer Session – 2016

49ers SLI Summer Session – 2016

July 18, 2016

Welcome back! While the school year has not yet officially started, our students are back in the labs, exploring, prototyping, experimenting, and learning. Over the next three weeks, students will do team-building activities, familiarize themselves with the design thinking cycle, study circuits and computer science, and begin introductions to science and math classes. All program teachers and many program … Read More

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

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

June 16, 2016

“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 … Read More

Tech Challenge 2016: Take Flight!

Tech Challenge 2016: Take Flight!

April 27, 2016

Last weekend was Tech Challenge at the San Jose Tech Museum, and we had eleven teams compete! This year’s challenge was particularly tricky. The students were challenged to create a glider that would fly over a 3½-foot mountain range, clear a 6-foot-tall pylon, and then land on a target approximately 3 feet in diameter. The glider could be … Read More

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

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

March 30, 2016

“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, … Read More

Synopsys Science Fair – 2016

Synopsys Science Fair – 2016

March 23, 2016

Who doesn’t love a good old science fair? The Synopsys sponsored science fair is an elite event that is selective about its participants and rigorously enforces student diligence, safety, and intricate paperwork. In doing so, the Synopsys Science Fair gives its participants a real glimpse into what being an actual researcher requires. The 49ers STEM Leadership … Read More

First Lego League – 2015

First Lego League – 2015

November 29, 2015

This year we had nine teams compete in First Lego League, and the competition theme was “Trash Trek”. Using Lego Kits, teams built robots specifically designed to complete various challenges, such as retrieving and delivering specific items and sorting debris. In addition, they were tasked with creating a team project around the theme of trash.  We’re … Read More