Tenacious, Honest, Exuberant

"There’s nothing wrong with being afraid. It’s not the absence of fear; it’s overcoming it. Sometimes you’ve got to blast through and have faith."


- Emma Watson



Sakshi K. has been part of the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) since seventh grade. Over her six years in SLI, Sakshi has grown into a person who loves to explore new STEM fields. She thoroughly enjoys the knowledge she has gained from her yearly participation in the Synopsys Science Fair, which has given her the opportunity to investigate topics in areas ranging from plant biology to engineering. She has been interning at a developmental biology lab where she is learning more about proteins and coding. She is considering majoring in biology in college. As the founder of the KAST (Kids Are Scientists Too) club at her school, Sakshi creates lesson plans and teaches younger children, hoping to spark their interest for science in the same way that she was inspired. Her connection with younger children extends back to the time when she used to mentor kids for their FIRST Robotics Competitions.
In her spare time, Sakshi can be found trying new food with her family, listening to music, and pursuing her interest in photography. Her favorite photography experience was eagerly waiting for three hours to capture a meteor.
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 in 2019.

49ers SLI student Aribah H for editing all headshot photos for this website.

Communications Team Danielle B, Dana C, Aribah H, Halle K, Stephanie K, Jennifer L for editing content and building pages for the 2021 Seniors.

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