innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund supports the Ignited Stanford Summer Internship. 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

Beginning in 2005, the County’s STEM Program has awarded 142 teacher innovation grants to San Mateo County 4th-6th grade teachers' to offer innovative and exciting ways to improve STEM instruction through student directed hands-on discovery. A total of 5,240 students were impacted through the funding received by teachers.  This program ended in FY18-19 due to decreased interest from teachers.  For teachers interested in STEM funding opportunities, please consider the Out-of-School STEM Programs which now also offer the opportunity to blend in-school and out-of-school learning.

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.