Business, Education and Civic Leaders Gather to Launch California to the Top of STEM Education and Innovation

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The California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet) is calling on leaders in STEM education, business & industry, non-profits, governmental agencies and philanthropies to come to Santa Clara to jumpstart a process that is poised to bring major changes to STEM education for every student in California.

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The California STEM Summit: Engineering Action for Change will address the urgent need to match the education of our children with the growing STEM workforce needs. This means ensuring students in the Golden State have access to quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics learning beginning in kindergarten and continuing through to our colleges and universities.

It all takes place at the 2014 California STEM Summit on February 4 at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara.

The California STEM Summit program will include:

  •     A keynote address by Kim Jacobson, a leading entrepreneur, former teacher and current Fellow with the famed Stanford Design School on how to design learning experiences that foster innovation.
  •     A conversation with State Board of Education President Mike Kirst, who will share his insights about the major policy changes taking place in the state and how they will impact STEM learning for children.
  •     Student Voices in STEM will feature award-winning science, technology, engineering and math students in a discussion with nationally recognized STEM teacher Anne Marie Bergen about what inspires them, and how adults can better support them in their education.
  •     Two Bit Circus CEO Brent Bushnell will takes us on a ride to the circus of the 21st century, one that captures the imagination and hearts of students and adults alike by combining arts with science, technology, engineering and math.
  •     A discussion among leading Silicon Valley company executives including representatives from Google and Intel will feature how they are making STEM a priority in their efforts to build stronger pathways from education into the workforce, including ways to break the glass ceiling for women and minorities.
  •     An in-depth preview of how Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards are changing STEM education for all students in California.
  •     Expert-driven workshops and panels on timely topics, ranging from how teacher training and credentialing programs are being updated and to how to extend the learning day with STEM as a central focus.

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