Business, education, and nonprofit leaders working together to grow advanced technology and science talent pools

May 12, 2021 – In late April, the Krause Center for Innovation (KCI), Ignited, and Science from Scientists (SfS) wrapped up their inaugural Data Science and Analytics workshop with teachers from across the Bay Area, completing the first part of their new StepUP workforce development and diversity program.

Ignited announces five new board members

March 24, 2021 – Ignited is pleased to announce the five newest members to join our Board of Directors. Each new board member brings a unique perspective and expertise from government, education, philanthropy, and industry that will help fulfill Ignited’s mission to connect underserved students to their future careers

20 Bayview-Hunters Point students begin summer internship program

June 25, 2020 – The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will officially launch its ninth annual CityWorks Summer Internship Program on June 29, offering 20 students from the Bayview/Hunters Point community important exposure to groundbreaking careers. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s CityWorks program will be conducted virtually for the first time. The paid internship opportunity, which is being managed by the SFPUC, it’s private contracting partners, Young Community Developers and Ignited, will help empower the 20 young adults by offering interactive projects and mentorship opportunities – showing them firsthand the vast career opportunities available to them within the utilities sector.

Ignited Names Jeff Schmidt CEO

August 14, 2019 – Ignited, one of Silicon Valley’s leading educational nonprofits, today announced that its Board of Directors has named Jeff Schmidt as Chief Executive Officer. Schmidt joins Ignited from Lockheed Martin, a long-term partner over Ignited’s 35-year history.

Oculus and Ignited Strengthen STEM Education

September 11, 2018 – Ignited had the great pleasure of sending several of our 2018 Summer Fellows to Facebook’s Menlo Park campus, where they learned today’s practical applications of their classroom coursework from their amazing Oculus Mentors. They worked on VR-related projects, ranging from reliability testing and writing code for robots to documenting best practices. Oculus beautifully captured the amazing impact their employees had on our passionate teachers in a series of featured Oculus VR blog posts.

Taking Innovation Back to School

August 28, 2018 – Sixty-three Bay Area teachers are back in the classroom, better equipped to inspire and prepare thousands of students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math thanks to summer fellowships they completed with top Silicon Valley companies. Working side-by-side with industry employees to deliver on real business objectives, the 2018 Teacher Fellows have gained insight into what it  means to work in cutting-edge industry roles, along with confidence in their ability to deliver a relevant and challenging STEM learning environment for their students.

Top Companies, Universities Spark STEM Innovation Through Ignited Teacher Fellowships

June 14, 2018 – An enthusiastic group of Bay Area teachers are working with the world’s top companies to get new skills and experiences they can bring to their classrooms. Teachers from across the Bay Area joined Ignited’s CEO, board members, and coaches to kick off their annual Summer Fellowship Program. Teachers get unique opportunities to do hands-on work for eight weeks with technology leaders. They bring their experiences back to their classrooms and turn it into interesting new curriculum, experiments and ideas for their students.