Creative, Curious, Imaginative

“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.”

-Mr. Rogers



In addition to participating in the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute since 7th grade, Rishith has witnessed a lot of personal growth in his own life. Over the years, he has discovered that he enjoys studying and sharing topics and fields that provide hope for the future, whether for humanity as a whole or for himself personally.
From this affinity, he can trace his interest in technology, engineering, mechanical history, and science fiction writing; and his growth in public speaking skills. His hobbies include drawing, video games, and backpacking. While he loves entertaining many aspirations and hopes, he has yet to settle on a specific design for his future. He does know that regardless of what happens, he will work to make it the best that it can be.

Robot Construction

FIRST Tech Challenge, 2016-2017

Two robots constructed by a team for the FIRST Tech Challenge for two consecutive years

Backpacking Educational Trips

MBR, 2019

 Went on three multiple day backpacking trips in which a lot of confidence in ability was gained


The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (49ers SLI) provides multi-year, year-round academic support, STEM enrichment, skills training, and leadership opportunities to students in middle and high school. Students, who are with the program for six years from 7th through 12th grade, commit annually to 300+ hours of program learning time in addition to their typical school hours. By cultivating student mastery in STEM subjects and in key skill areas, the program prepares students for college and empowers them to pursue their passions; so that they may become the well-rounded leaders of the future. The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute is made possible by the strong partnership between Silicon Valley Education Foundation, 49ers Foundation, Chevron, and the Santa Clara Unified School District.

Special Thanks To...

49ers SLI students Danielle B, Stephanie K, & Jennifer L for designing and building this website.

49ers SLI students Iris C, Sriya S, & Lauren L for editing photos for this website

Photographers Thomas Hayes, Barry Fiedler, & Karen Lee Thompson for taking headshots of 49ers SLI seniors

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