A strong education in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) is critical for our students and California to continue to prosper in the 21st century. The CDE Foundation plays a key role in improving STEAM education in K-12 classrooms by partnering with the California Department of Education, statewide organizations, and other STEAM advocates.
The California STEAM Symposium brings together thousands of teachers, administrators, students, higher education representatives, program providers, philanthropic and industry representatives to engage them in STEAM education by providing strategies and resources for program implementation. The Symposium has a special focus on increasing and supporting the participation of women and girls—as well as other underrepresented groups—in STEAM fields. It also highlights leaders in classroom innovation from across the state and attract student teams to showcase critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, and teamwork.
Join us in San Francisco, December 10-11, 2017, for the fifth annual California STEAM Symposium!
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were adopted by the State of California in September 2013. The adopted Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve update our state’s science standards to reflect the most current core ideas in science knowledge and theory, and bring a new three-dimensional approach to science instruction by engaging students in science and engineering practices and fostering deeper understanding of cross-cutting concepts.
Recognizing the scale of the effort needed to make the shift to the NGSS and the need for new resources and policy changes to accompany state and local action, the state plan and a number of advocacy organizations called for the creation of an expanded state coalition. The California Alliance for NGSS was created in response to this call, particularly to engage new partners, mobilize resources and innovate solutions in ways that go beyond the traditional scope of the state’s core education institutions.