Two Bit Circus, Solve For Pattern, & UCSD Develop a STEAM Certificate Program at Clinton Global Initiative America 2014

Commits to Educating 100 Teachers, Parents, and Business Professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) in 2014

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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 14, 2014

Two Bit Circus, an engineering entertainment company, joined national leaders from across the United States at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting June 23rd-25th in Denver, Colorado. Two Bit Circus is working with Solve for Pattern, an organization that connects STEM learning with regional workforce needs, to create a STEAM certificate program in collaboration with the University of California San Diego (UCSD). This unique program will blend theory and practice with an emphasis on real-world experience.

“We were honored to participate at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting,” said Brent Bushnell, CEO and co-founder of Two Bit Circus. “STEAM education needs to be presented in very authentic and engaging ways, and our Commitment to Action to create a STEAM certificate program will help inspire the next generation.”

“We are thrilled to help fill this important gap in the landscape of STEM/STEAM education,” said Ed Abeyta, Director of K-16 programs at UCSD Extension. “We’re working towards a new STEAM certificate program designed to bring together unique partners including educators, pre-service educators, administrators, parents, potential mentors, informal educators, and business & industry professionals interested in cultivating a STEAM workforce.”

According to findings reported in The Center for Teaching & Learning at WestEd 2010-2011 report, over 85 percent of elementary teachers have not received any science-related professional development in the last 3 years.

“The story of our time is collaboration,” said Marcella Klein Williams, co-founder of Solve for Pattern. “As the saying goes, alone you can go fast, but together we can go further. This certificate program will build a bridge between learning, creating, and doing.”

About Two Bit Circus
Two Bit Circus lives at the intersection of technology and spectacle. Engineering entertainment that is imaginative and interactive, they blur the line between physical and digital playgrounds to create a new world of social amusement. Based in Los Angeles, this interdisciplinary team of artists, engineers, educators, and entrepreneurs develops spectacular productions with the goal to inspire, engage, and reinvent the way people play and learn.

For more information: Like TwoBitCircus on Facebook, follow @TwoBitCircus on Twitter, and visit http://www.twobitcircus.com

About the Clinton Global Initiative America
The Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America), a program of the Clinton Global Initiative, addresses economic recovery in the United States. Established in June 2011 by President Bill Clinton, CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since its first meeting, CGI America participants have made over 300 commitments valued at more than $15 billion when fully funded and implemented. To learn more, visit cgiamerica.org.

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders year-round and at its Annual Meeting to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI also convenes CGI University, which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their communities and around the world. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 2,800 Commitments to Action, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $103 billion. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

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