9/21/2011--County grants $100K to afterschool tech programs
San Mateo Daily Journal Staff Report
San Mateo County, the Board of Supervisors and Workforce Development Services, a
division of the Human Services Agency, have granted $100,000 in funding to local cities
to support after-school technology programs for elementary and middle-school students.
“This funding is critically important,” said Carole Groom, board president and co-chair of
the math and science work group. “San Mateo County is world renowned for its
technology and knowledge-driven industries. It is essential that our local youth develop
the skills needed and have opportunities to become the innovators of tomorrow.”
Through these grants, more than 700 students will participate in science and math
programs. Among then, 120 elementary school studies in South San Francisco will
explore science through microbe and plant experiments. In Daly City, middle-school
students will work with San Francisco State University students on robotics and science
projects. Parks and recreation programs in San Carlos, Half Moon Bay and Pacifica will
offer computer programming and use high-tech tools to analyze earth’s environmental
and ecological communities.