innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund supports two programs, the Math & Science Teacher Innovation Grant and Ignited Stanford Summer Internship.  The Math and Science Teacher Innovation grant  provides 3rd-6th grade teachers resources to launch interactive STEM project-based learning for their students in the classroom or afterschool.  The Ignited Stanford Summer Internship provides STEM teacher professional development integrated with academic or corporate science laboratory research experience.

Math and Science Teacher Innovation Grant

The teacher innovation grant funds San Mateo County 3rd-6th grade teachers' proposals that offer innovative and exciting ways to improve STEM instruction through student directed hands-on discovery. 

Math and Science Teacher Innovation Grant Awardees 2016 - 2017

Pig Heart Dissection Cabrillo Elementary

Math & Science Teacher Innovation Grant Posters                                      

2015-16 Innovation Posters                      

Math & Science Teacher Innovation Grant

Ignited Stanford Summer Internship Program

The County of San Mateo in partnership with Stanford University supports two San Mateo County highschool or middle school teachers in the Ignited Stanford summer internship each year.  The eight-week summer internship provides teachers with real-world exposure to cutting-edge labs and high-tech corporations. Teachers then create new curriculum integrating concepts learned during the summer to be used in their classrooms.  These lesson plans are shared with any interested science teacher through the Ignited website. Interested teachers may apply for the Stanford internship through the Ignited website. 

Featured: Ignited Internship: Bryan Nase, Earth Science and Biology Teacher, Westmoor High School 
My research project focused on creating an antimicrobial environment for bone integration to occur on implant surfaces during an implant. It involved testing a variety of silver salts at different concentrations for their antimicrobial properties. Nanoparticles of silver were used to coat titanium (hip replacement metal) discs which were placed on a lawn of bacteria.  Bacteria growth inhibition data was collected to determine which silver salt concentrations were effective in inhibiting bacterial growth.  The antimicrobial properties of silver may aid in the implant healing process by preventing bacterial growth during the critical time that the body’s bone cells are interacting with the elastin like proteins on the implant surface.  
The Heilshorn Biomaterials Group at Stanford University designs materials that mimic the nano and microscale order found in nature for applications in regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, and energy. One type of research work being done in the lab involves the engineering of elastin like protein. Bryan Nase pictured left, Chris Linday to his right.