Contra Costa STEAM
Save the Date: 4th annual SF Bay Area
STEAM Colloquium, Full STEAM Ahead: At the Corner of Common Core and STEAM
Join us for the 4th annual STEAM Colloquium on February 7, 2014 at the San Ramon Valley Conference Center. This year's colloquium will address themes of Early Learning in STEAM, College and Career Readiness, Integrated Learning with Standards and Leading with STEAM.
For more information visit: www.cocoschools.org/steam_colloquium.html
Registration is available with early bird pricing until December 20
For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Hilary Dito at
(925) 942-3396. Be sure to follow the STEAM Colloquium updates on its web page and Twitter #steamcolloq.
Contra Costa County Office Of Education STEAM is a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics Education for the Contra Costa County School Districts and the region by developing opportunities, providing resources and fostering communication among STEAM and Educational professionals that prepare all students to become successful members of a rapidly emerging technological world.
Contra Costa County Office Of Education STEAM supports the academic success of our districts by
- Providing high-quality, timely communication to educators via the STEAM website, the STEAM e-newsletter and leadership organizations regarding STEAM resources and opportunities.
- Creating partnerships with business and community organizations to provide professional development, outreach programs and other STEAM events
- Offering inspirational and challenging STEAM programs throughout the educational process (pre-K through 16) including integrated curriculum, extra-curricular activities and real-world applications.
- Supporting professional development, seminars and other outreach activities to educators, parents and community members.
STEAM engages students in integrated learning as they explore the world around them, create innovative solutions to problems and communicate their results while learning Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The following sites provide resources on integrating Art into STEM.
STANDARDS related to STEAM
The standards are an essential component to any high quality STEAM program. STEAM should include both content standards and practice standards. Curriculum should be aligned to Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards (when adopted), Visual and Performing Art Standards,
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Updates
The California State Board of Education (CDE) unanimously voted to adopt Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for California K-12 in September 2013.
Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, K-12 learning progressions for middle grades 6-8
On November 6, the California State Board of Education (SBE) approved the following modified recommendation: “The Superintendent recommends that:
- The California SBE adopt the proposed integrated model (pages 20-21, NGSS Appendix K) as the preferred model for middle grades science instruction.
- The SBE requests the CDE to reconvene the Science Expert Panel [(a group of 27 teachers, scientists, educators, business and industry representatives, and informal science educators convened earlier in the year by State Superintendent Torlakson to review the NGSS)] to develop an alternative discipline specific model (pages 22 -23) based upon the domain specific model that is outlined by Achieve in the NGSS Appendix K.”
Follow California's Department of Education updates by joining the NGSS electronic mailing list. Send a blank e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Generation Science Standards Resources
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (including literacy in Social Studies, Science and Technology) and Mathematics were adopted by California in 2010. The CCSS should be the foundation of any STEAM program.
Visual and Performing Art Standards
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Upcoming Events and News
It Takes a Community! Education Summit
Students in 7–12th grades are invited to It Takes a Community! Education Summit. This FREE event for first-generation, African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander students, and their families, will include workshops on STEM careers, preparing for college, financial aid, and more. The Summit will be held on Saturday, March 8, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at California State University East Bay, Hayward.
Attendees can register on their website. Applications for bus scholarships are due by January 17.
Hour of Code
The Hour of Code is a self-guided activity that every student, in every classroom, can do. A variety of hour-long tutorials will be available for students to try out the basics of computer science. Code.org is organizing a massive campaign to get 10 million students of all ages to participate in the Hour of Code this December. For more information and to register click here.
The Life Sciences – What is this thing called life?
There's a long list of topics that can fall under the life science umbrella. Have you taught lessons about anatomy or physiology, aquatic or terrestrial life forms or perhaps past life in the form of fossils or how about extremophiles? Would exploring the methods and theories of biochemistry or biophysics be considered life science? Examine your science curriculum and you'll probably find a lot of connections to this “thing called life”. As always, we encourage everyone to seize the opportunity to share an activity or two around this topic but don't stop there...how about inviting a colleague who has a great idea to share? Add to the excitement of these FEAST sessions and the model of teachers teaching teachers.
When: Saturday, December 7, 2013, 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Chabot Space & Science Center, Chem/Physics Lab (Life Science Lab too!)
- Tracy Ostrom – Teacher at Skyline High School, Oakland Unified
- Tim Ostrom – Teacher at Bret Harte Middle School, Oakland Unified
- Tanya Phillips – Former Chemistry Teacher and Science Mentor
- Stan Fukunaga – Chabot Education Manager/Instructor
Please RSVP so we can get an idea how many of you will be attending. You may respond to Stan Fukunaga at: email@example.com
Be sure to include the following information: your name, school/city, grade level and/or subject taught, and e-mail address.
STEM Initiatives, Networks, and Organizations
Resources for Educators
Pre K-12 STEAM Resources
Early Learning Resources
Elementary School Resources
Middle School Resources
High School Resources
Resources for Parents and Students
Parents and Students
Articles / Magazines
STEAM Newsletter Archive