Education IS OUR PASSION.

INDUSTRY IS OUR FOUNDATION.

INNOVATION IS OUR GOAL.

WE ARE IGNITED

Ignited is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Silicon Valley focused on transforming STEM education. Our mission is to connect business leaders and scientists with teachers to transform the classroom experience, inspiring students to become the next generation of innovators.

We were founded in 1985 by a consortium of technology companies and universities. Originally called Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education (IISME), we have provided fellowships for educators in the SF Bay area and beyond for over three decades. Going forward as Ignited, we are expanding our programs to accomplish even more.

Our Numbers

>2.9

million students have been positively impacted by our teacher fellows

3,589

fellowships have been awarded to teachers ranging from grades K-16

>30%

of these students are disadvantaged and underrepresented in STEM fields

732

schools have been represented
by our teacher fellows

397

companies, universities, government labs, and foundations have provided support

127

districts have been represented
by our teacher fellows

What we do

We focus on teachers as change agents who ignite creativity in the classroom and in the field. Our programs are designed to foster a collaborative community of business leaders, scientists, and educators and provide individual teachers with experiences and tools to master their craft.

Ignited Summer Fellowships:

Our flagship program, now in its 32nd year, places teacher fellows at local companies and research labs. Each fellow learns how to translate their own unique experience into engaging classroom instruction.

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“I am delighted with how much my daughter has learned this year and, more importantly, that she now has a far more positive attitude towards science.” – Parent of Student of 2015 Summer Fellow