While there is plenty of cause for alarm about America's lagging STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education system, there are also plenty of reasons for optimism.
Twelve STEMposium finalists -- students, teachers and nonprofit educators selected from more than 130 submissions -- will present their innovations for bringing science, technology, engineering and math to life in the classroom. This online and offline showcase aims to serve as a catalyst for teachers and students seeking to enhance STEM education in their classrooms and for policymakers working to bolster STEM education policy nationwide.
Tony DeRose, 52, Senior Scientist and Research Group Lead at Pixar Animation Studios and Co-Founder of The Young Makers Program
B.J. Wooden, 31, Lab Instructor at The Tech Museum
Alejandro Vega, 15, High School Freshman at Horizon Charter School and co-founder of The Techno Guards
Lia Shepard, 23, Citizen Schools Teaching Fellow
Caleb Cheung, 39, Oakland Unified School District K-12 Science Manager
Meg Omainsky, 41, Teacher and Librarian at Palo Alto Unified School District
Tiffany Tai, 32, Synergy School Science Teacher
Tzipor Ulman, PhD, 38, Founder of Science is Elementary
Kristy Lathrop, 31, Mesa Middle School Science Teacher
Betsy Fitch, 40, Herman Intermediate School Lead AdVENTURE STEM Program Teacher
Dawn Valadez, 46, Producer/Director, Vaquera Films
Irene Salter, 36, Assistant Professor of Science Education at California State University, Chico and Leslie Atkins, 34, Assistant Professor in the Physics and Science Education departments at California State University, Chico
STEMposium will be Livestreamed from the renowned California Academy of Sciences, so anyone who cares about improving STEM education can tune into www.stemposium.org on Friday, April 1st (7:30pm - 9:30pm PST) and join a national online audience of educators, students, policymakers, business and philanthropic leaders, education thought leaders and media to draw inspiration from STEMposium's presenting finalists and spark new thinking about advancing STEM education.
Whether you join STEMposium on or offline, we're looking forward to rolling out the red carpet and optimistically celebrating everyone's collective commitment to education innovation.