San Jose students visit Xilinx.
Nearly seven years ago Xilinx established a K to Corporate Public-Private Partnership model providing funding and services to public schools near the company's San Jose headquarters -- including Oster Elementary, Union Middle School, and Leigh High School. Since the inception of the program, four additional neighborhood schools have joined the Xilinx Educational Ecosystem, along with Xilinx sites worldwide (Longmont, Colo.; Dublin, Ireland; and Hyderabad, India and Singapore). The Educational Ecosystem model is an integrated and articulated grant process supporting linked learning and pathways promoting science and engineering. The company's vision is to influence the transformation of science and technology education in the 21st century through dedicated partnerships between educators, community leaders, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.
To date the program has been recognized and has received awards from the Santa Clara County Office of Education, ACSA (Association of California School Administrators), the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and the California School Board Association. Annually Xilinx funds nearly $500K befitting education. A total of 75% of grants are dedicated to core science and technology programs, with 25% focused on enrichment programs (arts, social studies, health education, community services, etc.). Hands-on volunteer services provided by Xilinx employees. Educational ecosystem partners are a pivotal element of the program's success.
Results -- seven schools
The Xilinx Educational Ecosystem has partnered with Project Lead the Way, CreaTV, and MouseSquad to provide STEM enrichment programs at seven local schools. Each of these services provided by nonprofit partners, who are subject-matter experts, extends the learning beyond the classroom. These partnerships provide hands-on learning, as well as engagement with business professionals as role models. As the students progress in their knowledge and experience there are opportunities for scholarships and some summer internships.