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Friday, March 28th

Conference – 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Reception – 5:30-7 p.m.
Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall
5775 Morehouse Drive
San Diego, CA 92121
STEAM Site Sponsor:
Tickets are sold out! We’ve also reached capacity for our Interactive Exhibits and will no longer be accepting submission forms. 

After two years building the first integrated STEAM network based in southern California, as a collaborative effort between UCSD Extension and KDR PR, we are kicking off our first conference in San Diego on March 28, 2014. Our diverse network of 750 has become a key piece to the growing STEAM movement in the U.S. Our goal for this inaugural event is to provide these and other STEAM enthusiasts with a new space to explore, connect and collaborate.

We are bringing together dynamic speakers, engaging entertainment, exemplary STEAM programs and inspiring STEAM students to deepen the discussions around STEAM, forge new partnerships for collective impact, and identify key action items to help turn great ideas into reality in and out of our classrooms.

STEAMConnect is based in San Diego, so is focusing this first event on southern California participants, with the goal of expanding year over year to include stakeholders from all over the country. With that said, STEAM enthusiasts are welcome to join us from any location around the world. Expected participants include: pre-K-16 educators, administrators, arts and STEM nonprofit leaders, scientific research centers, business leaders and regional policymakers.

Continue to follow conference updates here and on Twitter @STEAMConnect #STEAMconf14 and Facebook/fullsteamaheadsd.


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  • 7:30-9:00 a.m. – Conference Check-in (check-in will be open all day)
  • 9:00-9:15 a.m. – Welcome
  • 9:15-10 a.m. – Opening Session
    • Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox
    • Official video messages from Representatives Susan Davis, Scott Peters, Juan Vargas and Senator Carol Liu
    • Chris Roe, California STEM Learning Network
    • Craig Watson, California Arts Council
  • 10-10:15 a.m. – Networking Break
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m. – Session 1: Research Updates
    • Moderator – Dr. M.A. Greenstein, George Greenstein Institute
    • Dr. Dennis Doyle, Collaborations: Teachers and Artists (CoTA)
    • Dr. John Iversen, UCSD/SIMPHONY study
    • Lauren Widney, San Diego Youth Symphony
    • Carol LaFayette, SEAD
      • This panel will provide highlights on new research being done around arts and STEM and how it can be applied to the work you’re currently doing. You’ll hear about the SIMPHONY study evaluating the impact music has on children’s brains, and from the NSF-funded SEAD initiative, among others.
  • 11:15-11:30 a.m. – Networking Break
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Session 2: Quality STEM/STEAM Criteria
    • Moderator – Pat Wayne, Arts Orange County
    • John Spiegel, San Diego County Office of Education
    • Denise Grande, Los Angeles County Arts Commission
    • Ellen Peneski, San Diego Science Alliance (SDSA)/San Diego STEM Collaboratory
    • Heather Lattimer, University of San Diego
      • There is a lot of work being done in southern California to develop an updated and consistent set of criteria to identify quality STEM and STEAM programs and schools. This panel will provide updates on those efforts at the San Diego County Office of Education, the Arts & STEM Collaborative, and others, as well as the implications for this work.
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Lunch – Guest Speaker – Navrina Singh, Qualcomm Innovation/QWISE
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Session 3: Creative Collaborations
    • Moderator – Anne Bown-Crawford, CREATE CA
    • Dr. Nan Renner, Art of Science Learning
    • Molly Kelton, InforMath/CRMSE at San Diego State University
    • Shari E. Asplund, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    • Brent Bushnell, Two Bit Circus/STEAM Carnival
    • Ed Hidalgo, Qualcomm, Inc.
      • This group will include specific examples of unique and creative collaborations in STEAM, along with what worked well and lessons learned. Participants will include a CA state collaborative, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Art of Science Learning and InforMath, two new STEAM initiatives out of Balboa Park.
  • 2:30-3:00 p.m. – Spotlight on Teachers
    • April McBride and Van Tran, Lincoln Acres Elementary
    • Angela Jackson, ENVISION Department Co-Chair at Canyon Crest Academy and Contemporary Artist
    • Sherry Risch, The Child’s Primary School
  • 3:00-5:30 p.m. – Interactive Exhibits, Workshops and Qualcomm Tours
  • 5:30-7 p.m. – Reception