Peninsula elementary and middle school students participating in after-school programs will see more science and technology activities thanks to a recent $100,000 grant.
San Mateo County granted the money to support local cities’ efforts to implement science, technology, engineering and math programs for kids.
“This funding is critically important,” said Supervisor Carole Groom, who is president of the board and co-chair of the Math and Science Workgroup. “San Mateo County is world-renowned for its technology and knowledge-driven industries. It is essential that our local youth develop the skills needed and have opportunities to become the innovators of tomorrow.”
The grant comes on the heels of a report by four local Workforce Investment Boards urging better K-12 science, technology, engineering and math education to meet the needs of Silicon Valley’s expanding workforce.
“It’s great to see these after-school STEM programs become a reality, because this funding will provide key resources to help our county’s children gain the skills they need to help close the achievement gap,” said Anne Campbell, the county’s superintendent of schools.
The grant money will make it possible for more than 700 students to participate in STEM after-school programs.
In South San Francisco, 120 elementary school students will take part in microbe and plant
Students in Daly City will work closely with San Francisco State University students on robotics and science projects.
And youths in parks and recreation programs in San Carlos, Half Moon Bay and Pacifica will learn computer programming and use high-tech tools to analyze the Earth.