The 49ers EDU creates meaningful and relevant experiences through informal education by leveraging football as a platform to connect, engage, and inspire K-8 students and teachers in STEAM. The hope is to spark interest and light a fire in the next generation of STEAM professionals to help support the STEM pipeline. Since its inaugural year in 2014, 49ers EDU has served over 250,000 participants through its programming. In order to remove any barriers of entry, 49ers EDU programming is completely free of cost to the end user and makes free transportation available for those schools with an expressed need within a 75-mile radius.
A field trip to Levi’s® Stadium can complement and reinforce your district’s curriculum in many ways. By offering hands-on, Project-Based Learning activities in a dynamic and technological environment, 49ers EDU uses football as a platform to inspire STEAM literacy.
As the first professional sports organization to embrace the STEAM learning concepts for youth and provide onsite free programming, 49ers EDU constantly evolves and enhances the student experience to reflect the most current concepts that support classroom learning. By working closely with a board of local advisory educational partners, all programs have been specially aligned to state Common Core and Next Generation Science standards which support leading instructional practices.
Engages students in a variety of technologically-rich learning experiences that are student-centered and can be adapted to various development levels and learning audiences
Is aligned to 21st Century Learning Skills (Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity)
Integrates STEAM learning through project-based activities that transfer student knowledge and skills to real-world problems
Increases student motivation for learning and enhances student understanding of STEAM concepts
In support of our educators, we have developed a free Professional Development platform. 49ers EDU creates moments of inspiration for teachers by using its STEAM field trip as a springboard for ideas and pedagogical insight. Teachers can sign-up to attend any or all three of our educator professional development sessions: Project Based Learning, STEAM Integration, and The Engineering & Design Process.
The San Francisco 49ers Foundation and its award-winning STEAM Education Program created the Dr. Harry Edwards “Follow Your Bliss” Award for full-time K-8 educators across the San Francisco Bay Area who lead the future generation with purpose, passion, dedication and love.