Answers to your FAQs about the CA STEAM Symposium

  • When and where will the 2019 California STEAM Symposium be held? The 2019 California STEAM Symposium will take place December 9-10, 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center North in Anaheim, California. Early badge pickup will be available in the afternoon on December 8th.


    Is the STEAM Symposium the same thing as the STEM Symposium? Yes. We began incorporating Art into what was previously called the STEM Symposium with the 2017 California STEAM Symposium. Like many of our partners in the field, we are embracing the curiosity, self-expression, teamwork, and design thinking which help young innovators thrive. We also continue to spotlight access and inclusion for all while elevating girls and students of color as future leaders -- principles core to our shared success.

    What’s the STEAM Symposium all about? The Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, in partnership with the California Department of Education, and the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, is proud to bring you the 7th Annual California STEAM Symposium. The Symposium brings together thousands of teachers, administrators, students, higher education representatives, program providers, philanthropic representatives and industry representatives to engage them in STEAM education by providing strategies and resources for program implementation. The Symposium has a special focus on increasing and supporting the participation of women and girls—as well as other underrepresented groups—in STEAM fields. It also highlights leaders in classroom innovation from across the state and attracts student teams to showcase critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork.

    How much are registration fees for the Symposium? Early Bird rate is $315 (if registered by June 28). Regular Registration rate is $340 (June 29 - October 31). Late registration rate is $375 (November 1- December 6). Click here for full fee information.

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    May attendees from outside of California attend? Yes, we welcome attendees from locations outside of California. Every year we see participants from dozens of states and multiple countries! Each year we rotate the symposium location between Northern and Southern California. 

    What is included in Symposium registration fees?

    • Continental breakfast and lunch included daily
    • Keynote presentations featuring leaders in STEAM fields and related topics
    • More than 250 breakout presentations
    • Learn about cutting-edge products & services in STEAM education in Exhibit Hall
    • Relax and recharge in the Chevron Lounge
    • Release your inner child in the hands-on Makerspace
    • Engage with the next generation of STEAM leaders at the STEAM Student Showcase


    What presentation formats will be offered at the Symposium?

    • General sessions featuring Keynote Speakers
    • Breakout presentations
    • Roundtable discussions
    • Student Showcase demonstrations
    • Exhibit Hall including hands-on Makerspace

    How do I apply to be a presenter? The application to present in breakout sessions is closed (7/15). Please contact Jessi Seybert at if you have further questions. 

    Can I register and pay for multiple staff from my school? Yes, group registration is available during step #3 of the registration process. Attendees will then be able to go back in and modify their individual registrations by clicking "modify registration" button and entering their email and confirmation number. Groups of 8 or more will receive an automatic 15% group discount.

    How do I make changes to my registration? Click the “modify registration” button on the home page, then enter your email and confirmation number. Once logged in, you can make the necessary changes.

    How do I register and pay for the conference? Please register by clicking the registration button above. You may use a credit card or PO option to pay at the end of the process. We strongly recommend using a credit card for payment. PO payments will be subject to the following payment deadlines: All checks MUST be received by August 30, 2019 to confirm early bird registration, and by November 15, 2019 for regular registration.

    How can I pay with a check? If paying by check, please print your online registration confirmation and mail it with your check to:  Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation 260 Main Street, Suite 200, Redwood City, CA 94063.  All checks MUST be received by August 30, 2019 to confirm early bird registration, and by November 15, 2019 for regular registration. 

    Where can I find your W9? It can be found here.

    What do I do if my school must pay with a Purchase Order? We do not accept purchase orders as a method of payment. However, a purchase order can be used to hold registration spaces. Registration will be confirmed once the check is received. Payment will need to be received by August 30, 2019 to avoid cancellation and/or the higher registration rate.

    Will meals be provided? Yes! Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided both days and are included as part of registration.

    How will I get my Symposium badge and other materials? Symposium badges will be available to pick up in person on Sunday, December 8th in the afternoon at the Anaheim Convention Center North, and again the morning of the Symposium. It is recommended to pick up your badge on Sunday afternoon before 5:00 pm to avoid lines the morning of December 9th. Check out session topics, diagrams, exhibitor listings, and keynote speaker information on the California STEAM Symposium app, which will be available for download to your smartphone or tablet approximately four weeks before the Symposium.

    How can I request special assistance? Please fill out the special request field on the Symposium registration form. For additional inquiries please email:

    Where can I find information about hotels? CDE Foundation has secured discounted hotel rooms at the Anaheim Hilton adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center. We highly encourage you to stay at the arranged hotel. Hundreds of conference attendees, presenters and exhibitors stay at the official conference hotel each year, making networking with colleagues, presenters, and exhibitors easy and convenient. Also, the Hilton is adjacent to the Convention Center, just a short walk at the end of the day.

    What is the best way to get to the Convention Center? Anaheim Convention Center North is conveniently adjacent to the Anaheim Hilton. For any attendees not staying at the Hilton, self and valet parking are available. Attendees are responsible for their own parking costs.

    Where can I see a list of the sessions being offered at the California STEAM Symposium? Please click here for up-to-date agenda and session details. Continue to check back for updates!

    Will there be wireless internet access available at the Symposium? Yes, there will be general wireless internet access at the Symposium.

    Where can I get additional information about the 2019 STEAM Symposium if I still have questions? Contact: