STE[+a]M 1st Ascend Conference, March 28th 2014 San Diego, CA

logoAfter two years building the first integrated STEAM network based in southern California, we are kicking off our first conference in San Diego on March 28, 2014 in collaboration with our STEAM Site Sponsor, Qualcomm. Our diverse network of 750 has become a key piece to the growing STEAM movement in the U.S. Our goal for this inaugural event is to provide these and other STEAM enthusiasts with a new space to learn, connect and collaborate.

We will bring together dynamic speakers, engaging entertainment, exemplary STEAM programs and inspiring STEAM students to deepen the discussions around STEAM, forge new partnerships for collective impact, and identify key action items to help turn great ideas into reality in and out of our classrooms.

STEAMConnect is based in San Diego, so is focusing this first event on southern California participants, with the goal of expanding year over year to include stakeholders from all over the country. With that said, STEAM enthusiasts are welcome to join us from any location around the world. Expected participants include: pre-K-16 educators, administrators, arts and STEM nonprofit leaders, scientific research centers, business leaders and regional policymakers.

Reserve your spot today and become a part of the STEAM movement.

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  • 8:00-9:00 a.m. – Conference Check-in (check-in will be open all day)
  • 9:00-9:15 a.m. – Welcome
  • 9:15-10 a.m. – Opening Session
    • Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox
    • Official video messages from Representatives Susan Davis, Scott Peters and Senator Carol Liu
    • Chris Roe, California STEM Learning Network
    • Craig Watson, California Arts Council
  • 10-10:15 a.m. – Networking Break
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m. – Session 1: Research Updates
    • This panel will provide highlights on new research being done around arts and STEM and how it can be applied to the work you’re currently doing. You’ll hear about the SIMPHONY study evaluating the impact music has on children’s brains, and from the NSF-funded SEAD initiative, among others.
  • 11:15-11:30 a.m. – Networking Break
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Session 2: STEM/STEAM Criteria
    • There is a lot of work being done in southern California to develop an updated and consistent set of criteria to identify quality STEM and STEAM programs and schools. This panel will provide updates on those efforts at the San Diego County Office of Education, the Arts & STEM Collaborative, and others, as well as the implications for this work.
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Lunch – Guest Speaker
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Session 3: Creative Collaborations
    • This group will include specific examples of unique and creative collaborations in STEAM, along with what worked well and lessons learned. Participants will include a CA state collaborative, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Art of Science Learning and InforMath, two new STEAM initiatives out of Balboa Park.
  • 2:30-5:30 p.m. – Interactive Exhibits and Workshop
    • Including standout STEAM student and teacher speakers
    • Student tours
  • 5:30-7 p.m. – Reception


Have questions about STEAMConnect Conference 2014? Contact STEAMConnect

STE[+a]M 1st Ascend Conference, March 28th 2014 San Diego, CA

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