Ignited was founded in 1985 by 13 Silicon Valley CEOs and UC Berkeley to focus on teachers and their critical role in improving STEM education. Originally named Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education (IISME), the founding team created teacher experiences to transform how they see companies, understand STEM in the workplace and teach these critical skills.
Over more than three decades, that initial mission continues.
Ignited provides professional development opportunities for teachers and company employees, working together on real projects. Companies get the benefit of unique development experiences for their top talent, key teams and overall employee base. Teachers are immersed in industries and work on summer projects that help them understand the various uses of core skills and cool technologies.
Ignited delivers development with a difference.
We work with companies, universities and K-16 schools to:
- Engage employees and inspire teachers as they work together on real projects inside companies and university research labs
- Help companies, foundations and individual donors support under-served schools in unique and meaningful ways
- Grow a more diverse and equitable talent pool of students who are equipped to work in a variety of careers