What is the Rising STEM Scholars initiative?
DonorsChoose, Equal Opportunities Schools, Kapor Center, and Kingmakers of Oakland are partnering with Google.org to help Bay Area schools expand the enrollment and success of low-income students & students of color in AP STEM courses. Schools enrolled in the program receive support for school-wide, teacher, and student needs to achieve the goal of equity in STEM. To find out more about how to get involved, use this contact form.
Whether or not your school is currently participating, we’re encouraging educators in the nine counties of the Bay Area to create projects that promote equity in their students’ STEM experiences. Projects like the Study Group Ms. Leibundgut started with teachers at Prospect High School. They’ll be reading “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain” together thanks to the support of this initiative.
Rising STEM Scholars Participating Counties
Contra Costa, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Mateo, CA
Santa Clara, CA
Currently Participating Schools
Abraham Lincoln High School, San Jose, CA
Ann Sobrato High School, Morgan Hill, CA
Branham High School, San Jose, CA
Del Mar High School, San Jose, CA
Dublin High School, Dublin, CA
El Cerrito High School, El Cerrito, CA
Encinal High School & Junior Jets, Alameda, CA
Hercules High School, Hercules, CA
Leigh High School, San Jose, CA
Life Academy of Health and Bioscience, Oakland, CA
Live Oak High School, Morgan Hill, CA
Newark Memorial High School, Newark, CA
Pinole High School, Pinole, CA
Prospect High School, Saratoga, CA
Skyline High School, Oakland, CA
Westmont High School, Campbell, CA
Want to see your school on this list? Use this contact form.
How teachers get started
How do I create a project on DonorsChoose?
It’s easy to create a classroom project on DonorsChoose. You’ll be asked to answer a few short essay questions and will be able to choose any items from our vendor directory which include stores like Amazon Business, Best Buy Education, and Lakeshore Learning.
Check out the official guide on how to create a project.
Most projects are straightforward—you choose items from the vendor directory. But sometimes STEM enrichment means professional development, materials for your classroom, or resources for your students to learn from home. Those can all be projects too! There are special instructions for how to create projects like these—check out the Help Center article on professional development projects.
To learn more about how you can create a successful project visit our Teacher Toolkit—there’s tons of awesome and helpful information there.
Looking for Inspiration?
Here are some examples of ways Bay Area STEM teachers have used DonorsChoose to get the supplies their classrooms need.
- The students in Ms. Webb’s biology class at Burton High School are spending the semester creating a biodiversity index of the neighboring dog park.
- Ms. Walstrom’s classroom at Balboa High School used real cow brains for their first dissection!
- Dr. Stamore’s students will soon be STEM Note-Taking Warriors at Lowell High School when they receive their pre-made tiny color diagrams, charts, and graphic organizers (and a color printer)!
- Ms. Anna at City Arts & Tech High School is giving her students a hands-on experience when it comes to learning about energy efficiency with Kill A Watt meters.
- Calculus students at Galileo Academy of Science & Tech will have graphing calculators to help them prepare for the AP exam thanks to Mr. Ring’s classroom project.
- At Wilcox High School, 9th grade students will get outdoors and learn about the natural world when they receive “Binoculars to See the Unseen” as part of their new field bags.
- Students at El Cerrito High will soon be dissecting frogs as part of their biology class. Ms. Holman calls it the highlight of their semester!
Who can create a project?
To use our website, you must be an educator at a public or public charter school, employed full-time by the school or district, and work directly with students at least 75% of the time. That means that most public school-employed classroom teachers, librarians, nurses, and school counselors are eligible. You can read more about eligibility here.
What do I do if I have a question?
You can also ask other teachers! Our DonorsChoose Teacher Facebook Community is +18,000 teachers strong and filled with other educators who want to share successes and help newcomers like you.