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Newly Formed San Diego STEM Collaboratory to Host Inaugural STEM Summit on May 3

SD STEM Collaboratory

San Diego, CA, April 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The San Diego STEM Collaboratory, a network of regional partners whose mission it is to prepare California's most STEM-capable graduates, in partnership with the San Diego Science Alliance (SDSA) is hosting the inaugural San Diego STEM Summit: Transforming Ideas into Action on Friday, May 3, 2013.

The San Diego STEM Summit will bring together more than 100 leaders from STEM fields throughout San Diego County. Attendees will come together from PK-12 and higher education, business and industry, state policy, philanthropy, NGOs and governmental agencies to develop new partnerships that bring full-scale change to how STEM is taught and learned. The program will follow these Theory of Change pillars: Engage & Motivate, Disseminate & Equip, and Teach & Learn.

When: Friday, May 3, 2013, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Grossmont College - Griffin Gate, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: $55 per individual
Register at: https://sdsa.wufoo.com/forms/sd-stem-collaboratory-2013-stem-summit/

"Out of a half a million ninth graders in California, only four percent earn a STEM bachelor's degree," said Nancy Taylor, executive director of SDSA, the fiscal agent for the San Diego STEM Collaboratory. "The time is now for organizations to join the San Diego STEM Collaboratory and co-develop new learning models for STEM in K-16. Our goal is to ensure that all San Diego students have access to high-quality STEM learning opportunities to meet the growing regional and national demand for a STEM-capable workforce."

Opening remarks include:

  • Sunita Cooke, Grossmont College
  • Debbie Beldock, San Diego County Office of Education
  • Cindy Marten, San Diego Unified School District
  • Chris Roe, California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet)
  • Duane Roth, CONNECT

Other speakers include:

  • Stanley Malloy, San Diego State University
  • Phil Lafontaine, California Department of Education

Attendees will engage in various working sessions, speed rounds and panels on topics such as linking academics and real world STEM, the role of Next Generation Science Standards in advancing STEM education and efforts to enhance STEM Teacher Leadership and STEM Teacher Pathways. All schools and community partners are encouraged to identify a strategic leadership team to participate and register here today.

About The San Diego STEM Collaboratory
The San Diego STEM Collaboratory was formed in 2012 as a Regional Network Partner of the California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet) with the mission to help San Diego County prepare California's most STEM-capable graduates. The Collaboratory partners are public and private schools, and organizations in education and industry vested in creativity, innovation and STEM solutions for 21st century learners. The vision is to fuel the San Diego innovation economy with STEM talent developed in the local K-16 educational pipeline.

Current San Diego STEM Collaboratory partners include: BIOCOM Institute, Cal State San Marcos, Classroom of the Future Foundation, CONNECT, CREATE at UCSD, Grossmont College, Imperial County Office of Education, San Diego County Office of Education and San Diego State University. For more information, visit http://www.sandiegostem.org, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @sdstem.

CONTACT: Kim Richards, kim@kdrpr.com 619-708-4430

Source: SD STEM Collaboratory