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How 49ers Use Football to Inspire STEM Learning

Learn how the 49ers STEM Education Program provides 60,000 K-8 Bay Area students each year with an interdisciplinary facilitation of STEM. The program, which emphasizes problem solving, critical thinking and other 21st Century life skills, leverages project-based learning (PBL) in the curricula, where students learn to understand STEM using relevant experiences. By using football as a learning platform in an informal education setting, the 49ers have been able to create relevancy and develop scenario-based activities that provide opportunities for students to learn how to take initiative and responsibility, build their confidence and solve problems in teams.

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  1. To understand the instructional value of project-based learning by exploring 49ers STEM Education Program’s pedagogy.
  2. How informal education has the transformative power over a student’s perspective on STEM and education as a whole.
  3. To explore how to expose and engage students in STEM-based concepts for future career options.



Emily Lucas, Coord of Corporate Communications, San Francisco 49ers

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