E2E Incubator


The E2E Incubator (Education to Employment) is a space where every student can discover their place in the world. Open to K-12 schools throughout San Diego, the incubator prioritizes access to elementary, middle, and high school students and teachers in Linda Vista and the Kearny Cluster. 

As a part of USD's Envision 2024 Strategic Investment Fund, the Jacobs Institute will be funding two rounds of microgrants for collaborative projects between USD students/faculty and SDUSD students/teachers that utilize the innovative E2E Incubator space.


  • What exactly is the E2E Incubator?
  • Who can get involved?
  • What is a microgrant?
  • Goals of the Microgrant Program


We are currently funding Round 2 projects taking place between June 2019 - December 2019.

After a competitive application process, the second round of microgrants will fund the following eight projects (up to $3,500 each):

  • Technology: Developing Your Superpower, Shirley Miranda (Kearny
    High School) Provide a hands-on computer science and engineering
    experience for students. Students (grades TK-5) use design thinking to
    invent, engineer, and program a device using Makey Makey kits.
  • Conservation Collaborative, Janel Ortiz (USD Biology) The goal of the
    project is to create three STEAM activities related to conservation for
    underrepresented students at the K-12 level that will take place at an area of
    conservation concern (TBD), an opportunity for place-based education, in
    collaboration with the San Diego Audubon Society.
  • Building a STEM Foundation One Block at a Time, Laura Gingras (Marie
    Curie Elementary) Introducing STEM concepts and materials to our
    youngest population. Students will be exposed to different career paths,
    passions, and opportunities through five hands on learning centers. These
    centers will focus on exploring physics, engineering, and computer science.
    They would then be able to communicate and explain their experiences at a
    culminating showcase event for parents. The career component includes
    videos and or in person speakers from USD students faculty and professions
    in the field. Collaboration would take place at the E2E lab at Kearny High
  • Marie Curie Elementary Family Science Nights, Rachel (Schwartz)
    Duron (Marie Curie Elementary) The proposed grant seeks to provide
    support and funding for two family science nights at Marie Curie Elementary
    School (TK-5th grade) for the 2019-2020 school year. Both science nights
    will fall under a master theme that will be chosen in order to select STEAM
    activities and demonstrations. The hands-on activities will include a wide
    range of scientific and technological concepts, will be engaging for
    elementary students, and scalable to suit a large crowd. (For example, if a
    theme of “Harry Potter Science” was chosen, activities that appear “magical”
    would be selected. In this example, activities could incorporate the physical
    and chemical sciences, as well as animal sciences.) For each science night,
    volunteers will present 15-18 activities or demonstrations, depending on
    their complexity. A detailed protocol and/or scientific explanation will be
    written for each station, displayed, and stored for future use at the school,
    along with any materials purchased (see below). Many volunteers will be
    required to prepare, test, and write up the activities, as well as run the
    stations on each science night.
  • Kindergarten Interactive Playground Music Wall, Janelle Rusch (Silver
    Gate Elementary) We would like to create an interactive music wall along
    one section of fencing at the Kindergarten playground for students to
    experience during outdoor time. The musical instruments will be created
    from repurposed materials, such as: PVC pipe lengths to create a xylophone,
    old pots and pans for percussion, old metal spoons of various sizes for
  • Ocean Pollution Solutions - Do you know where your plastic is?, Angela
    Hummel and Elizabeth Lonnecker (Hoover High School) + Hoover HS
    students Plastic can move up the food chain so we end up having plastic in
    our bodies. The most known chemical in plastics, BPA, causes heart disease,
    cancer, low fertility, and many more health risks. It is estimated that a week’s
    worth of plastic water bottle use can circle the globe over 5 times. We
    learned that access to clean water is a human right. This project has
    expanded our knowledge of plastic pollution, and we have made a positive
    impact at our school and in the City Heights community by having a water
    refilling station installed in March. We wrote grants to buy 2-3 more water
    refilling stations to be installed at Hoover. On the walls surrounding each
    water refilling station are pictures and information explaining the global
    problem of plastic pollution in our oceans. We are educating people why they
    need to stop using single use plastics. We are helping to provide a more
    sustainable life for future generations. We want to enjoy an ocean of healthy
    marine animals and have healthy drinking water.
  • STEAM and Maker Lab, Shira Maltz + Amber Redmerski (Jonas Salk
    Elementary) We plan to build a designated Maker Lab/STREAM space for
    teachers to utilize with their classrooms.
  • Success in Adulthood 4.0, Candice Fee (SDUSD Youth Advocacy) We will engage Kearny High School students in a half day professional development experience based on their interests. Workshops will be offered in the following for categories that were identified by the students: (a) Finances and Overcoming Real Life Challenges, (b) Arts and Entertainment (including media, fashion, culinary, and sports), (c) STEM Careers, (d) College Planning and Successful College Navigation, (e) Civics and Advocacy (including democracy, law enforcement, military, lawyers, and criminology). The day will begin with a keynote speech and then students will move into two workshops of their choosing. Through this experience the students will discover the answer to the question, "So, I'm going to be an adult...now what?"