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2017 California STEAM Symposium

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
September 21, 2017

Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals:


The California Department of Education (CDE) is excited to announce the 2017 California Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Symposium, a collaborative effort between the CDE, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, and the The symposium highlights the work of California’s leaders in classroom innovation from across the state and shares promising practices in STEAM areas. Attendees will learn research-supported ways to integrate and enhance STEAM education while boosting student interest, learning, and creativity.

The symposium will feature a STEAM Showcase of student innovation, where students will present their creative efforts inspired by their STEAM classroom experience. The Makerspace and the Makerspace Stage will also be featured this year. Keynote presenters include Captain Mark Kelly, commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final mission, award-winning filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, and a panel comprised of leading STEAM innovators such as game designer Tracy Fullerton, engineering researcher Gokul Krishnan, and distinguished Central Intelligence Agency executive Carmen Medina.

The Symposium will take place on December 10–11, 2017, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. This year’s theme: Investigate. Collaborate. Innovate. Experts in STEAM education will illustrate this theme through presentations addressing one of these Symposium strands:

  • STEAM Across Grades and Disciplines
  • Integrating Environmental Literacy in STEAM Disciplines
  • Design Thinking and Engineering: Where Art Meets Science
  • Supporting STEM/STEAM through 21st Century Learning Environments
  • Learning Beyond the Classroom
  • Preparing a 21st Century Workforce
The symposium is designed for educators who will participate in building and supporting STEAM education across our state. Attendees can explore the new California Science Framework, which includes engineering, environmental literacy, and strategies to ensure equity and access for California’s diverse student population. In order to guide attendees through content based on focus areas, pathways have been implemented as new features to address interests of California educators. These pathways include:
  • Career Technical Education
  • Maker and Makerspaces
  • Early Learning
  • English Language Learners
  • Equity and Access
  • Girls and Young Women
  • Leadership and Administration
  • Making Standards Come Alive

There will be a variety of opportunities to hear from teams who have implemented STEAM computer science and robotics programs, outdoor learning opportunities, and effective uses of technology in the STEAM classroom.

Registration is open and located on the 2017 California STEAM Symposium registration web page at [Web page is no longer available]. For additional information, please visit the Symposium website at

If you have further questions regarding this event, please contact the CDE STEM Office by email at or by phone at 916-323-5847.


Tom Torlakson


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