The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute is built around nine core values, which it aims to instill in its students: collaborative spirit, communication, creativity, curiosity, determination, initiative, leadership, passion, and risk taking.
Rigorous college-preparatory curriculum
All students take enhanced math and science courses together during the school day, building deeper understandings and finding real-world applications in their content classes, with integration between subject areas and the engineering lab. Students are also held accountable for the A-G curriculum required for college entrance.
State-of-the-art engineering lab
As part of the international Fab Foundation network, the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute has two dedicated spaces equipped with resources needed to carry out extensive science, technology, engineering, and math projects. This includes digital fabrication tools (3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, ShopBots), robotics kits, laptops and tablets, and other cutting edge technologies.
300+ hours of additional learning time each year
Students deepen learning through hands-on projects, visits to local companies and laboratories, and preparation for local, state, and national competitions. Students also receive additional tutoring, mentoring, and coaching. These activities take place before or after school every week, two Saturdays a month, and for three weeks each summer. As 11th and 12th graders, students will take AP Seminar and AP Research as an opportunity to earn the prestigious AP Capstone Diploma. Parents are asked to partner with the Institute to support these activities.
Integrated curriculum includes:
- Common Core State Standards
- Next Generation Science Standards
- Interdisciplinary lessons and projects
Enhanced learning opportunities include, but are not limited to:
- Challenges/competitions: FIRST Lego League (robotics), FIRST Tech Challenge (robotics), ExploraVision, Tech Museum Tech Challenge, Maker Faire, science fair(s), Math Olympiad, AMC 8/10
- Extended learning time available in the Cabrillo Middle School Chevron STEMZONE and Fab Lab Santa Clara High School to work on: coding/programming, electricity/circuits, and engineering/design challenges/span>
- One-to-one iPad program for all students and access to additional design tools and software
Industry partnerships and opportunities include:
- field trips
- guest speakers/workshops
- job shadowing
The program focuses on “design thinking,” a structured problem-solving process that emphasizes empathy and rapid prototyping, and empowers students to tackle real-world problems within their community