For Immediate Release                                                     

Redwood City, CA – San Mateo County’s leadership honored local educators for their accomplishments in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.  The 2016-2017 Math and Science Innovation Grant allows educators to try new methods to engage youth in minds-on STEM learning through exploration. This academic year, award recipients will have served more than 1,900 San Mateo County youth.

County Supervisors Carole Groom and Warren Slocum, along with County Manager John Maltbie, South San Francisco Mayor Pradeep Gupta, and many local organizations and agencies, including school superintendents, the County Office of Education, Girl Scouts of North America, city libraries, and Stanford University acknowledged participating teachers and students as they presented their mid-year progress during an afternoon project showcase. For the Boys and Girls Club, the program provides expanded learning for low-income middle school students at Belle Haven, Garfield, and Hoover schools in the Ravenswood City and Redwood City school districts. 200 6-8th grade students participate in collaborative math games, build Lego League® robots and explore engineering careers.  The fifth grade class at East Palo Alto’s Green Oaks Academy is using bio-mimicry, CAD and 3D design to explore increased energy efficiencies in marine shipping and freighter design. Eight projects totaling $36,000 are funded through County’s Math & Science Teacher Innovation Award; $100,000 is awarded across four recipients of the Out-of-School STEM Program Grant, and $14,000 of support is split among two educators of the Ignited Stanford Summer Research Program for Teachers. These grants help ensure that San Mateo County is promoting and improving student achievement and teacher excellence in math and science by employing creative strategies to engage and inspire students.

“The STEM program is making a difference in the lives of so many of our students, and it continues to be a funding priority for our Board of Supervisors,” said Co-Chair of the Math and Science Programs, Supervisor Carole Groom. “As our local economy expands, more careers in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields are being created. San Mateo County continues to lead the way in supporting education in these areas so our students grow up with the skills needed to fulfill jobs in technology and knowledge-driven industries. It is critical that our youth are equipped with the tools to seize the opportunities by becoming the innovators of tomorrow.”

Overall, the Board of Supervisors has committed about half a million dollars annually for STEM programs to prepare San Mateo County youth for STEM careers, support STEM career pathways and develop hands-on learning opportunities for K-12 youth, and to address the growing demand for a strong STEM workforce in the Bay Area. 

“STEM jobs are the future! According to the Employment Development Department (EDD) an additional 100,000 jobs in STEM related fields will be added to the local economy between 2014 and 2024 and fully half of the highest job growth will be in STEM related fields. That’s why the San Mateo County STEM program is so important; it provides dedicated funding to help schools, youth organizations and teachers create STEM programs to engage our kids.” stated District 4 Supervisor Warren Slocum.

More information about the STEM program can be found here http://hsa.smcgov.org/stem-science-technology-engineering-and-math

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