Between the Welcome Reception at SILO in Makers Quarter and the conference at Qualcomm, we welcomed nearly 600 attendees! We kicked off the conference at SILO in Makers Quarter on Wednesday evening, surrounded by a beautiful installation created and built by 16 NewSchool of Architecture & Design students with architects Ramiro Losada, Victor Navarro and Alberto Garcia. Our first DaVinci Awards were presented to Qualcomm and the San Diego Youth Symphony by Mayor Kevin Faulconer alongside the Commission for Arts & Culture’s Dana Springs, we enjoyed the musical talent of La Jolla Country Day senior Cael Dadian and heard from two of our partners and sponsors, NewSchool of Architecture & Design’s Elena Pacenti and Qualcomm’s Navrina Singh.

The conference day started at 7:30 am the next morning on the Qualcomm campus with a Sketch for Schools sketchbook for everyone and visits to the 11 Spotlight Booths set up outside of the Main Hall. PGK Dance Project wowed us with an opening performance and our emcee and West Hills High School math teacher John Berray set us off on our journey for the day. Our workshops from the San Diego County Office of Education and Qualcomm’s Thinkabit Lab were packed and our 19 main hall speakers covered:

  • Big picture of the future of education through Qualcomm’s eyes
  • Current state of STEM, arts and STEAM in the U.S. and across CA
  • Case studies showcasing how STEAM is being implemented at a nursery school, in 3-5 grades through an NSF-funded research project, in high school and in higher ed.
  • Cross-sector collaboration in STEAM with perspectives from a superintendent, curriculum director, two nonprofits, higher ed and a leading STEM company.
  • Industry engagement highlighting three STEM companies’ approaches to STEAM and what it means to their businesses and surrounding communities.

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