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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.