The Vertex Foundation Drops a Big Surprise for Some Public School Teachers in Boston and San Diego

May 8, 2019

Through hands-on projects that bring learning out of the textbooks and into the real world, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education has the power to show kids just how fun and exciting a career in STEM can be.

However, engaging STEM programs often require tools, materials and laboratory equipment that can present a financial challenge for budget-stretched public schools.

That’s why The Vertex Foundation – in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week – has announced a donation to, a nonprofit organization that provides an online platform for teachers to request crowd-sourced funding for school-related programs. The Foundation’s donation will fund all outstanding STEM-related projects listed on the site from Boston and San Diego Public Schools in which a third or more of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, a measure of economic need. The projects were fully funded at 8 a.m. EDT on May 8, 2019.

To get a sense of the impact of this donation, check out the infographic below.


STEM Infographic

STEM Infographic

“We’re committed to inspiring and equipping students to become the next generation of scientific leaders,” said Michael Parini, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer at Vertex and Chairman of The Vertex Foundation. “With research hubs in Boston and San Diego, we want to make sure students in our communities have the hands-on, project-based learning that will get them excited about science, especially under-resourced students who may not have access to these opportunities.”

The projects that the donation supports span an array of unique activities, including leveraging 3D printing to explore engineering, building and programming robots, and sending students to a farm to understand how math and science are integral to agriculture. The donation is estimated to impact more than 23,000 students in Boston and San Diego.

“The STEM projects these dedicated teachers are bringing to their classrooms will have a lasting impact on students,” said Katharine Jensen, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Vertex and Executive Director of The Vertex Foundation. “Through hands-on learning, students not only see how engaging science can be, but also how it has the ability to transform people’s lives.”

To see the full list of projects funded, click here

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