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2016-07-18 - Ecosystem Institute 2016 Summer Intensive

The first day of the OC STEM Ecosystem Institute Summer Intensive took place on June 8, 2016 with guest presenters Marc Siciliano and Julie Stoltzer from the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES). They focused on Innovation by Design™ which uses the Design Process and Design Thinking to enable Ecosystem Teams to work collaboratively…

2016-06-03 - Member Spotlight: OCDE

Tom Turner has been involved in education for 19 years in education. During that time, his roles varied from classroom teacher to high school administrator to elementary school principal to the member of the Superintendent’s cabinet. Common threads in his work history are an innovative use of technology and progressive practices —no matter the position.  Tom…

2016-03-31 - Member Spotlight: OCTANe

Christina Alexopoulos Smith is the Director of Business Development at OCTANe. Prior to joining OCTANe in 2013, Christina worked in development at the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University where she focused on fundraising, outreach, and program marketing along with teaching as adjunct faculty in the voice department at the Hall-­‐Musco Conservatory…

2016-03-16 - Women Advancing Through Technology

Traditionally, there has been a shortage of women in STEM fields to a greater degree than many other professions. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, women in fields commonly referred to as STEM made up 7 percent of that workforce in 1970, a figure that by 2011 had grown to just 26 percent. In a…

2016-03-02 - Health Career Pathways

Through a new, robust partnership with The Cal Endowment (TCE), OC STEM has received a $225,000 grant to work with a variety of partners in the region to develop a countywide infrastructure for Health Career Pathways. For the initiative, OC STEM will hire two facilitators to conduct a labor market analysis for health careers in Orange County and…

2016-02-05 - Lead STEM Practitioners Update

Through a partnership between the Orange County Department of Education and the Orange County STEM Initiative (OC STEM), the Lead STEM Practitioner (LSP) Network has been developed to engage a strong cadre of teacher/leaders to become the conduits of information for their respective districts regarding new, innovative work happening in STEM education globally, nationally and…

2016-01-25 - OC STEM Hub Update

Dimensions of Success Planning Tool Training January’s been a busy month already for the OC STEM Hub. We held a training on the Dimensions of Success Planning Tool in early January with 37 attendees. The Dimensions of Success (DoS) tool was developed as an observation tool for quality STEM programming in informal and out-of-school time…

2016-01-20 - OC STEM Ecosystem Institute

2016-01-15 - OC STEM Learning Ecosystem Institute Cohort 2 RFA Now Available!

The OC STEM Learning Ecosystem Institute is a 12-month professional learning program to strengthen Orange County school districts and community leadership. The purpose for developing STEM Learning Ecosystems is to increase the overall implementation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education across all sectors throughout the region. OC STEM Learning Ecosystem Institute RFA Package Final…

2015-12-22 - LSP Program Update

OC STEM's Lead STEM Practitioners came together this month on December 9th at the Orange County Department of Education. Among some great discussion, the meeting featured a screening of CODE: Debugging The Gender  Gap. The film, which debuted earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival, explores reasons why so few women and minorities pursue computer science and how the technology…