Teachers from nine San Diego County school districts and two private
schools are meeting at the County Office of Education and other
locations around the county for the five-day STEMposium, 2011, to
discuss ways to address some of the world’s most pressing scientific and
environmental challenges into their classrooms.
“As citizens of the earth, what major problems do we need to be thinking
about?” County Office of Education Science Coordinator Nancy Taylor
asked the STEMposium attendees. (STEM refers to Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math).
Taylor then referred to a policy statement of the National Academy of
Engineers, which read: “We hope to achieve a sustainable, economically
robust and politically stable future for our children, and our
Among the many offerings of STEMposium were presentations on the highly
acclaimed Google Earth classroom programs; Engineering is Elementary,
Digital Literacy, and the Energy and You Energy Efficiency Curriculum.
STEMposium runs from July 11-15.
Taylor identified three major environmental and social developments with
significant implications for STEM teachers: overcrowding of the planet,
due to population growth and greater longevity; a “flattening” of the
world through the use of personal computers and the internet; and global
She challenged the STEMposium attendees to think about and discuss what
each of those issues meant for their work in the classroom. Taylor
acknowledged both the “advocacy and negativity” associated with
community discussions of global warming, but STEMPOSIUM participants
quickly spoke up about the heightened environmental awareness they now
see in students.
School districts represented at STEMposium included Alpine, Cajon
Valley, Carlsbad, Del Mar, La Mesa-Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, San Diego
Unified, Santee and Solana Beach. The two private schools represented
were Nativity School and the Grauer School.
Participating teachers worked grades 4-8.