Earlier this week, the San Francisco 49ers STEAM Education Program was in Anaheim for the 4th Annual 2016 California STEM Symposium to present on the franchise's multi-dimensional STEAM Education Program – tying the game of football to concepts rooted in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM).
Now in its fourth year, the 2016 California STEM Symposium is an opportunity for educators from across California and around the country to come together, learn from each other, and leave with lessons and inspiration to take back home.
As part of the team's presence, 49ers representatives including director of STEAM Education & 49ers Museum Jesse Lovejoy and vice president and executive director of Community Relations and the 49ers Foundation Joanne Pasternack participated in a series of speaking opportunities to highlight the 49ers education efforts throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
In addition to the speaking opportunities, the 49ers also hosted a unique STEM Movement Lab for the 3,000 educators in attendance. In the Movement Lab, teachers were able to try on football helmets – a replica from the 1940s and a 49ers helmet today – to examine the difference in engineering and design over the past 70 years of the game. The exercise is similar to one the 49ers STEAM Education Program conducts with the 60,000 students who experience a field trip to Levi's® Stadium each year.
"If there's one piece that runs central to our curriculum it's the engineering design process," said Lovejoy. "Helping align children to the idea that everything in life should be approached as a unique and fun problem to solve—just like engineers—is something that can only benefit them as they further their education and development as individuals."
The STEM Movement Lab also featured non-contact football drills to show educators how the 49ers tie the game of football to STEM concepts for youth.
The 49ers STEAM Education Program opened in conjunction with Levi's Stadium in 2014, and provides free learning platforms for K-8 students that teach content-rich lessons in STEAM. By the end of the 2016-2017 school year, the 49ers will have reached more than 150K students in the Bay Area – with 50% of students coming from Title I Designated Schools.
Just last month, the 49ers partnered with Khan Academy to launch free online learning content on Khan Academy's website. The 49ers partnership with the globally recognized education non-profit. enables students and teachers who have experienced the 49ers onsite STEAM Education Program field trip to re-visit concepts that tie football with STEAM at their leisure. The online content also helps to expand the 49ers STEAM Education Program's reach beyond the walls of Levi's Stadium – providing free content to any teachers and students who have internet access.
Check out the below gallery for images of the 49ers participation at the 4th annual California STEM Symposium:
Photos courtesy of Victor Goodpasture on behalf of the California STEM Symposium.