For the first time, the San Diego County Office of Education's annual STEMPower Conference is open to all school districts and community organizations that operate before- and after-school or summer programs for students.
The half-day Saturday conference is packed with unique presentations that highlight new resources, ideas, and connections to support before- and after-school staff who work with students or develop programming related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM.
The STEMPower Conference will be from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 18 at the San Diego County Office of Education's main campus. The conference will feature a nationally recognized champion for STEM and a variety of workshops from building a hovercraft to engineering for young children.
Previously, the STEMPower Conference was only open to recipients of the federal and state expanded learning grants: After School Education and Safety (ASES), 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) elementary- and middle-school programs, and 21st CCLC After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) programs in San Diego County.
This year, the event will be kicked off by keynote speaker Dr. Kimberly A. Scott, a White House Champion of Change for STEM Access, and professor and founder of Arizona State University's Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology. Scott will speak on best practices to engage middle school and high school girls in the latest technologies in digital media, game development, and virtual worlds, while nurturing their development of a positive self-concept.
There will be 22 unique workshop presentations where participants working with students in grades K-12 will walk away with resources, ideas, and connections to help build STEM-rich programs.
Workshop topics include 3-D games, coding, STEAM, career pathways, clean-energy projects and more. Leading the presentations are expert workshop presenters from highly regarded STEM organizations such as NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, UC San Diego, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, and the San Diego County Office of Education.
Learn more and register here.