Program open to the Greater Bay Area

Please note: Our fall 2021 applications will be limited to educators in the Greater Bay Area (California) in line with our organization’s new vision and mission. It has been an honor to serve the needs of teachers throughout the state of California and Hillsboro, OR over the past 20 years and we are grateful for your partnership and dedication to your students. Moving forward, these programs will now serve educators in the following counties: Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito. For more information about the changes to our programs, please visit our FAQ and reach out to us at

Available Resources & Applications

Empowering students with STEM Classroom supplies

SOF is proud to offer the following items free of cost to eligible teachers this fall:

  • Project boards (up to 60)
  • Science notebooks (up to 35)
  • RAFT membership (1 per teacher)
  • RAFT STEM project kits (up to 35)
  • New teacher stipend

The application deadline is December 15th, 2021.

Grants for project-based 2021-2022 STEM events and programs

Eligible educators and nonprofits may apply for grants to help support 2021-2022 programs or events that help engage Greater Bay Area marginalized students in project-based STEM.

Please review the grant qualifications before applying.

SOF is proud to make available grants for programs and events that serve the following grade bands:

STEM Grants

The project based STEM grants available are max $2,500 for elementary school and $5,000 for middle and high school

RAFT Maker Van

a 1-day experience with the RAFT Maker Van (4 spots available)

The application deadline is November 15th 2021

Introducing project-based STEM into your classroom

SOF is proud to be providing the following FREE professional development opportunities for teachers in 2022:

  • Elementary: We will be hosting a virtual workshop on how to introduce project-based STEM into your classroom
    Date: TBD
  • Middle/High School: More information coming soon
    Date: TBD

2021 Important Dates

September 15th

Grant Applications open for elementary, middle, and high school STEM program and event grants

October 15th

Applications open for material requests and teacher training 

November 15th

Grant applications close

December 1st

Grant recipients notified

December 15th

Close of package and training applications

January/February 2022

Materials shipped to schools

For more information about the Building STEM Classrooms Initiative, please see our FAQ or reach out to us at Thank you for all that you do for Bay Area students.

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