October 4, 2012
  • 10/4/2012--Science, math grants will benefit county students 

    San Mateo Daily Journal 

     

    More than 600 San Mateo County students will learn critical science, technology, 

    engineering and math skills due to more than $100,000 in grants awarded by the Board of 

    Supervisors and Workforce Development Services. 

     

    “This funding is critically important,” said San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom 

    in a prepared statement. 

     

    “In a region known for innovation and technology-driven industries, it is essential that 

    young people learn to solve problems and the joy of asking probing questions so that they 

    can become the innovators of tomorrow,” Groom said. 

     

    In 2005, the board created the Math and Science Workgroup to promote and improve 

    student achievement and teacher excellence in math and science. The group awards 

    grounds though the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Innovation Fund 

    which is financed through the county general fund. 

     

    These grants will help students participate in after-school programs at Borel Middle 

    School and Highlands Elementary School in San Mateo and the La Honda-Pescadero 

    Unified School District. They will learn technology skills, problem solving, critical 

    thinking and technology troubleshooting. 

     

    Elementary school students in South San Francisco will explore science through microbe 

    and plant experiments and participate in math sessions while Daly City students at 

    Pollicita Middle School will work side-by-side with San Francisco State University 

    students on robotics and science projects, and become instructors themselves as they lead 

    science activities with kindergarten to fifth-grade students Susan B. Anthony Elementary 

    School. 

     

    The San Mateo County Community STEM Alliance will provide eight-week modules to 

    more than 200 students in San Carlos, Half Moon Bay, Pacifica and the mid-coast. These 

    modules will teach students computer programming and use high-tech tools to analyze 

    earth’s environmental and ecological communities.