2017 CA STEAM Symposium Thematic Strands
STEAM Across Grades & Disciplines
This strand highlights innovative courses, projects, principles, and activities that integrate disciplines within and beyond STEAM, promote student engagement, and activate deeper learning. Presentations will share successful standards implementation that cross multiple subject areas and career technical education which are mindful of equity and access for all students.
Integrating Environmental Literacy in STEAM Disciplines
The environment provides engaging and relevant context for learning and applying STEAM content and skills. Calfornia's Environmental Principles and Concepts, integrated in the new California Science Framework, inform this approach. Building environmental literacy while designing solutions to real-world challenges is an effective strategy to deliver standards-based instruction, develop civic skills, and inspire STEAM careers.
Design Thinking and Engineering: Where Art Meets Science
Innovation in engineering, architecture, medicine, and artistic expression begins with visions of what could be realized. The realization involves disciplinary knowledge, skill, and understanding of human cultures and aesthetics. The practice of design thinking supports creative problem solving and a collaboration across science and art disciplines, which is also a cornerstone of STEAM education.
Supporting STEM/STEAM through 21st-Century Learning Environments
STEM and STEAM learning environments require flexibility and accessibility for various types of learning, including project-based learning, outdoor learning, and personalized instruction. Innovative learning environments facilitate collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity to help prepare students for college and careers. Educators need practical ideas for existing school facilities and for modernization in order to design engaging learning spaces for the next generation of STEAM learning.
Learning Beyond the Classroom
Expanded, informal, and work-based learning opportunities are available to students outside of the typical school setting. Activities such as showcase events, competitions, research programs, apprenticeships, and internships offer rich experiences. Students, parents and educators work with a variety of organizations to open pathways to students who want to investigate, collaborate, and innovate.
Preparing an Inclusive 21st-Century Workforce
As a leader in innovation, California must make a commitment to engage all of our students in the relevance of STEAM fields in our globalized world. Businesses and community partnerships play an integral role in this effort to inspire youth through internships and mentorship opportunities to pursue STEAM careers. Educators can support our diverse student population to succeed in these opportunities by designing instruction to foster a positive classroom environment where all learners are engaged and able to express what they know.
2017 California STEAM Symposium Highlighted Content Pathways
Pathways are new feature this year, meant to help guide attendees through our content based on focus areas we know are of particular interest to California educators.
- Career Technical Education
- Makers and Makerspaces
- Early Learning
- English Language Learners
- Equity and Access
- Girls and Young Women
- Leadership and Administration
- Making Standards Come Alive