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Silicon Valley STEM Summit

Contact Jenypher Jones

Contact E-Mail: jenypher.jones@whitecase.com

On October 15, Silicon Valley Education Foundation is hosting the second annual Silicon Valley STEM Summit. This year’s summit is focused on Integrated STEM, emphasizing the need to apply a real-world context that shows the interconnections between disciplines rather than keeping subject areas separated in silos. Fortunately the new Common Core State Standards helps facilitate some of the connections between subject areas. California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will be the keynote speaker.

A panel consisting of community leaders will discuss just how integrated science, technology, engineering, and math is in the workplace in Silicon Valley and whether it’s important to emphasize the integration in education. Following that panel will be a second panel of education leaders sharing about successes and challenges of local STEM education programs. The summit will conclude with several roundtable discussions focusing on evaluation of STEM programs, other STEM programs, Makerspaces, and more.