Join us on 4/27 for a virtual conversation about collaborative STEM in San Diego through a multifaceted lens
An incredible regional example of successful Whole Educational Community collaborations in STEM Education can be found within San Diego County. Leading partner organizations include: UC San Diego CREATE, Department of Defense (DoD) STEM, the San Diego STEM Ecosystem, TIES, and the San Diego Workforce Partnership.
Next week, these groups along with several Defense STEM Education Consortium (DSEC) partners are convening for an event, “STEM in San Diego: Resources & Needs.” This event is designed to maximize collaboration among regional partners in an effort to provide equitable educational opportunities for underrepresented groups and military connected individuals in STEM.
STEM in San Diego: Resources & Needs
Virtual Event Name: STEM in San Diego: Resources & Needs
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 27th at 11:00-12:30 pm PDT
DSEC is a collaborative partnership that seeks to inspire the next generation of scientists & engineers to safeguard our nation’s ability to remain globally competitive. This convening will collectively explore the current state of STEM in the region, identify STEM resources/partners and discuss STEM needs in the greater San Diego area.
I had the pleasure of sitting down and speaking with Beto Vasquez, Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for UC San Diego CREATE (Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment & Teaching Excellence).
Beto is one of the leaders of the DSEC efforts toward STEM equity in San Diego. He described himself as “living between two systems: the San Diego STEM Ecosystem and the DoD DSEC world… So my overall goal is to bring both of these spheres together…for our regional Ecosystem for STEM.” Beto, CREATE and DSEC are leading the way to bridge the gap between federal priorities and local needs in San Diego.
As a military town with a robust network of STEM partners and educational institutions, the US federal government (DoD STEM) wants to see their DSEC partners in San Diego serving the targeted populations of underrepresented groups and military-connected families.
The DoD is interested in ensuring the US remains internationally competitive as the “world leader in advanced manufacturing, robotics, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology… By inspiring new and future talent in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, we are poised to prepare the next generation for the ever changing landscapes of threats that our nation may face.” DoD STEM
Collaborative STEM in San Diego
Genuinely, Beto made it very clear that the goal of next Tuesday’s event was to bring important constituents together for a collaborative conversation about the importance of approaching STEM in San Diego through a multifaceted lens.
“The spirit of the event on the 27th is really just about building collaboration”Beto Vasquez, Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, UC San Diego
STEM through a multifaceted lens? So Science + Technology + Engineering + Mathematics? Beto says STEM is so much more than these four disciplines.
What is the impact of STEM?
For families, STEM education brings promise of generational change, opportunity for upward mobility, opportunity to overcome economic hardships or poverty through STEM careers. But there are some challenges too and barriers-to-entry that aren’t talked about enough.
Beto’s goal is for “STEM in San Diego: Resources & Needs” to be one cohesive conversation about all of the impacts from- and barriers to- STEM in the San Diego region, which are often treated separately- especially when considering socioeconomic status, cultural/family obligations, and social-emotional factors of the students and families we serve.
“Step out of STEM for a bit,” Beto says. STEM can also be about access, opportunities, and meeting the needs of our community members. STEM can benefit and catalyze the entire community, the local economy, and most importantly individual lives.
Local Resources that San Diego STEM Ecosystem partners can tap into:
MATHCOUNTS – Their programs build problem solving skills and positive attitudes about math, so students embrace challenges and expand their academic and career opportunities in the future.
TECHNOLOchicas – This program helps to show the Latino community that their daughters can achieve the same, or even greater, success in the technology industry. “She can’t be what she can’t see.”
Join Next Week’s Conversation Around Collaborative STEM in San Diego
Beto wants people to walk away from next week’s DSEC event knowing that the conversation about STEM can also be the conversation about diverse, realistic future career exploration, advancement, and equity.
We encourage any local stakeholders, including PK-16 educators/ administrators, CTE, business and industry leaders, STEM-rich institutions such as museums and libraries, informal or out-of-school time educators, elected officials, policymakers, government entities, community organizations, and students, to attend.
elevatEd Classrooms is excited to continue to DSEC efforts to illuminate equitable, collaborative STEM in San Diego. Jaclyn Sarnese is also a leader within the San Diego STEM Ecosystem as the co-chair for the Innovation in K-12 Working Group.
Feel free to join an Innovation in K-12 Working Group Meeting on the second Friday of every month from 10:00-11:30 am PT.
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