January/February 2018 – Vol. 31 No. 2

STEM Education Forum Report

Posted: Thursday, December 1st, 2011

by Judythe Guarnera, adapted by Patricia Garrett

What do Lieutenant General Susan Helms, Commander of the 14th Air Force, Commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space at Vandenberg AFB and a former NASA astronaut have in common with high school student, Dustin W.?

Both presented at the Central Coast STEM Education Forum at the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education in Rancho El Chorro Outdoor Education School in San Luis Obispo, CA. (http://www.ranchoelchorro.org/) in May.

Both spoke eloquently of the importance of collaboration and team work—the exact focus of the Central Coast STEM Education Forum, which brought together almost 100 educators, politicians, business men and women to collaborate on a working plan to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.  The goal of the Forum was in alignment with the mission of the California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet) (http://www.cslnet.org/).

That goal is to build a network of educators, business leaders, and other stakeholders committed to establishing the world’s best STEM Education system. This system will further the goal that all California students graduate from high school with STEM knowledge and skills required for success in postsecondary education, work and in their daily lives, and that more students will pursue STEM careers and degrees.

Please see http://endeavours.org/STEMforum/ for photos and video of General Helms presentation.

General Helms, when asked what was the most memorable part of being in space, related that the dynamics of launch and re-entry paled in comparison with the experience of living and working collaboratively with the microcosm of individuals who shared the area in the space station for six months   General Helms has had a lifetime of experience in science and education, hands on training and performance.

Dustin W. is at the very beginning of that process, but both emphasized the need for collaboration and teamwork. Dustin is a member of the Atascadero Greybots 2011 First Robotics World Championship team (http://tinyurl.com/3fyc62o). Dustin’s grasp of the importance of managing the personal inter-relationships within his team was an indicator of the dynamics that guided these young people to their success.  The vision of these young people as adults collaborating with others in a global economy is an exhilarating one.

After keynote speakers General Helms and Chris Roe, CEO, CA STEM Learning Network (CSLNet) and former Deputy Director, Business-Higher Education Forum, Washington D.C., spoke, the group spent time highlighting the myriad of STEM activities, projects and collaborations that is already in progress in San Luis Obispo County.  Brainstorming to identify key issues that need to be addressed and resolved led to a list of topics for break-out sessions.

Those individuals present aligned themselves with one of the sessions which seemed to best fit their expertise and ability to impact STEM education.  Eavesdropping on the discussions in these sessions was encouraging and enlightening.

The Central California STEM Collaborative (CC STEM Collaborative) is a proposed CSLNet Regional Alliance involving key stakeholders in STEM Education from two counties of Central California: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.  The backbone of this cross-county alliance will be provided by strong pre-existing County Office of Education partnerships amongst these counties. In addition, representatives from higher education, informal education, community, and business from each county will participate actively in alliance efforts.


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Posted: Friday, January 19th, 2018

Are you feeling behind on the implementation of NGSS? Then Accelerating into NGSS – the Statewide Rollout event – is right for you!

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