What: “STEM in Action: A Kids Conference”
When: Thursday, May 31, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: California State University, Dominguez Hills’ North Lawn. The university is located at 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747. Click here for directions and a printable campus map.
Summary: California State University, Dominguez Hills’ (CSUDH) 4th Annual “STEM in Action: A Kids Conference” on May 31 will provide close to 1,000 inner-city students the opportunity to participate in hands-on interactive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities that will help inspire them to become lifelong learners.
Designed around the theme, “Outer Space: A Mission to STEMIA 2018,” the conference provides a festive and inviting environment where students and their teachers have the opportunity to experience outer space in a planetarium-type setting in the “Discovery Dome,” control a mini-Mars rover on the “Mars Rover Obstacle Course, and much more.”
Highlighting this year’s STEM in Action conference will be one of CSUDH’s four new mobile fabrication Laboratories (fab labs). Unique to Southern California, the Fab Lab will enable the students to engage with technology and equipment related to STEM careers, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, CNC mills, 3D modeling software, and an electronics workbench.
The “STEM in Action: A Kids Conference” is coordinated by the CSUDH Center for Innovation in STEM Education (CISE) and the STEM Institute for Innovation and Improvement (CSI3), which are dedicated to addressing the shortage of STEM teachers in high-need schools in Los Angeles County, and across the state. It also provides future educators in CSUDH teacher education programs the opportunity to help facilitate and observe fun and interactive lessons that engage students. More than 150 pre-service teacher candidates and undergraduates have volunteered for the conference.
Center for Innovation in STEM Education
The Center for Innovation in STEM Education (CISE) enables transformative and inspiring STEM learning experiences for youth and future educators. Through numerous grants, including its recent $5.85 million Hispanic-Serving Institutions Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (HSI-STEM) grant, the center partners with schools, districts, community colleges, local and national organizations, and philanthropic and industry leaders to broaden its impact across institutions and the local and global community.
About California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, Dominguez Hills, centrally located in the greater Los Angeles South Bay region, is a model urban university with a wide range of academic programming, providing accessible, high quality, and transformative education to students aspiring to succeed and thrive in a complex, global society. Since 1960, CSU Dominguez Hills has served a diverse community of learners and educators collaborating to change lives and communities for the better. A national model and laboratory for student success, the university offers a proven path to opportunity and social equity, advancing a college-focused culture in the communities it serves while providing vital resources of knowledge, talent, and leadership to the greater Los Angeles region and beyond. Today, CSU Dominguez Hills boasts over 100,000 alumni – doctors, scientists, engineers, educators, entrepreneurs – who are leaders in education, health, technology, entertainment, public service, and business, making a difference in their fields, in people’s lives, and in their communities. For more information, visit www.csudh.edu.