Orange County STEM Signing Day – June 29th, 2018

OC STEM proudly partnered with The Boeing Company to present the inaugural Orange County STEM Signing Day on June 29th, 2018 hosted at UC Irvine! Graduating high school seniors in Orange County were called to apply for STEM Signing Day through STEM Premier, an application that connects students, educators, and employers together. Through STEM [...]

July 3rd, 2018|Categories: Archive|Tags: , , |

Member Spotlight – OC STEM Coordinator

Kristin Roher is the STEM Coordinator for the OC STEM Initiative. Her work includes the design, development, implementation and coordination of several outreach programs and events, including Girls Maker Academy, Mobile FABLab, APPCamp and FABCamp. This past summer, her work involved piloting the APPCamp 2.0 program: a week-long introduction into text-based programming through Python [...]

Lead STEM Practitioners 2017-2018

Through a partnership between the Orange County Department of Education and Orange County STEM Initiative, the Lead STEM Practitioner (LSP) Network includes triads of established and emerging teacher leaders from ten Orange County school districts.  Our 30 amazing practitioners represent over 470 years of teaching experience in K-12 education!  District teams were selected through an [...]

Ecosystem Institute – November 2017

Teams gathered for their last Ecosystem Institute session of the 2017 year! The main focus of this day was Instructional Practices & Teacher Qualifications. Teams had the chance to attend various workshops that demonstrated instructional practices and strategies for teaching. All workshops were circuit-based and adapted to 5 main learning levels: High School – [...]

OC STEM receives donation from U.S. Society on Dams

OC STEM recently received a very generous donation from the United States Society on Dams (USSD)! USSD is a world class organization of engineering professionals dedicated to advancing the environmentally sustainable science of planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of dams, levees and associated civil engineering projects. They work to resolve the world's most critical [...]

April 19th, 2017|Categories: Archive|Tags: , , |

OC STEM Ecosystem Institute News & Updates- February 2017

District teams gathered for another Institute session on Wednesday, February 8th, focusing on sustainable partnerships within their ecosystem team as well as outside of it with local businesses and more. OC STEM invited a panel of speakers to share their promising practices in cultivating sustainable partnerships. Facilitated by Cinda Muckenthaler from the Children and Families [...]

OC STEM Ecosystem Institute News & Updates

  OC STEM held another exciting Ecosystem Institute Session on September 21, 2016 at the Tiger Woods Learning Center, focused on Project Based Learning.  The morning started off with various discussions around the value of relationships within a STEM Ecosystem. CynDee Zandes, Ecosystem Consultant, spoke on the importance of an ecosystem and the legacy [...]

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 [...]

February 5th, 2016|Categories: Archive|Tags: , , , , |

STEM Learning Ecosystems in US News

US News & World Report published an Op-Ed co-written by Gerald Solomon, Executive Director of the Samueli Foundation and current OC STEM Chair and Ron Ottinger, Executive Director of the Noyce Foundation. Both serve as Co-Chairs of the STEM Funders Network. The article is entitled, All Parts of Community Should Aid in STEM Learning and can be [...]

November 24th, 2015|Categories: Archive|Tags: , , , , , , |