The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute was featured in an article on, talking about Adam Savage’s recent video series:

“Renowned digital designer and maker Adam Savage’s website,, 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 sponsored the recent visits. […]

At the Santa Clara High School Fab Lab, he saw tangible, usable high-tech solutions the students are creating from equipment in the lab, such as vinyl cutters, milling machines and saws.

They were especially excited to show off prototypes for a football tee prototype for a design challenge provided by the San Francisco 49ers. Former NFL player and Super Bowl champion with the San Francisco 49ers, Jesse Sapolu participated. “What a fun way to make cutting-edge technology relevant for young people,” he said.

Olympic gold medalist, former U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team player and Bay Area native, Brandi Chastain, also attended the tour and demonstration. “Having this incredible, hands-on experience in high school will help fuel their futures,” she said.

The young innovators attend the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute, created in partnership with the San Francisco 49ers, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the Santa Clara Unified School District. It is a six-year program that prepares students with high academic potential for college and opportunities in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).”

The above video featuring 49ers SLI was posted this week on Adam Savage’s site,, with the following description:

“Alongside Jesse Sapolu, retired center/guard for the San Francisco 49ers, and Brandi Chastain, Olympic and World Cup soccer champion, Adam works with students at the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute who are designing and building a tee that will hold a football in windy conditions. After four-time Superbowl champion Jesse lends his expertise and Brandi tests the tees with her killer kick, see which one was voted most likely to succeed! (This series and tour is made possible by The Fab Foundation and Chevron.)”

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