By Matt Sieger
Vacaville’s Imagine That! in Alamo Plaza was created to offer a place where kids of all ages can come play, learn and explore all the possibilities. But what happens to a creative program when a pandemic strikes?
Well, the creative people in charge imagined a way to adapt to the crisis.
Imagine That! came up with a unique School Support and Enrichment program which fuses its existing program with support for students’ schooling.
“It started with a throwaway line,” recalls Director of Operations Alex Christensen. “We were talking about doing afterschool programs, and (someone said), ‘Hey, instead of after school what if we just did school for them?’ The director at the time, her ears perked up and she took it to the board. Lauren (Runow, Board president) jumped on it and started talking with the Vacaville Unified (School District).”
Source: Imagine That! is doing school – The Reporter
Give yourself the gifts of community, inspiration, and revitalization by joining us at this year’s California STEAM Symposium External link opens in new window or tab. on December 11–13, 2020! As we wind down 2020, we look forward to collaborating with educators from around the world at the California STEAM Symposium to prepare for a wonderful launch into 2021 and we are excited to announce our keynote speakers who will rejuvenate, energize, and motivate you!
Source: Register for the California STEAM Symposium – Year 2020 (CA Dept of Education)
By Nick Sestanovich
Going to space has been on a lot of people’s minds recently, likely due to the SpaceX launch.
Not everyone is willing to undergo the extensive training to be sent into orbit, though, so the next best thing? Looking to Vacaville’s center of imagination: Imagine That!
The interactive science and art center is in the midst of its Space Adventure Camp, where youngsters have been putting their creative skills to use by creating spaceships, planets and alien blasters, all while learning lessons about the Milky Way and the planets therein.
Source: Youth create rockets, planets at Space Adventure Camp in Vacaville – The Reporter
On December 9 and 10, 2019, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and staff from the California Department of Education (CDE) participated in the 2019 California STEAM Symposium. The conference, held in Anaheim, is a collaborative effort with the CDE, the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
With more than 3,000 Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) educators and students participating, the conference provided professional learning, networking opportunities, and inspiring keynotes—including State Superintendent Thurmond in conversation with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former NBA superstar, STEAM education advocate, and political activist. Other keynotes included Ellen Ochoa, former astronaut and director of the Johnson Space Center, and Chris Emdin, the founder of #HipHopEd.
Source: Thurmond, CDE, Students Attend STEAM Symposium – Year 2019 (CA Dept of Education)
By Thomas Gase
This summer at the Vallejo Immersive Learning Center on Georgia Street, kids taking part of a Hydro S.T.E.A.M. camp have learned about the “Four C’s” — communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.
On Saturday afternoon they were able to learn about a fifth “C” — celebrate.
S.T.E.A.M. which stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math, is a focused community education center that offers academic enrichment and academic support. In a technology-based economy, the center teaches citizens young and old to develop skills necessary for the future.
Source: Vallejo Immersive Learning Center holds party for Hydro S.T.E.A.M. camp – Times-Herald
By Kimberly K. Fu
Fifty years ago Tuesday America celebrated the launch of Apollo 11 into space — and the first man traversing the moon four days later.
In present day, Vacaville youths enjoyed some cosmic adventures of their own — taking over the Nut Tree Plaza for a bit with their experiments.
Screams, giggles and fizzy explosions marked the celebration, a mix of history and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities.
Source: Youths in Vacaville commemorate Apollo 11 launch – The Reporter
By Daily Republic Staff
The 2019 STEAM Discovery Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at Benicia High School, 1101 Military West.
More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the event, previously Benicia Mini Maker Faire, which is a celebration of do-it-yourself spirit and hands-on making and learning.
It’s geared for anyone intrigued by the creativity and ingenuity of the surrounding region.
Proceeds support the event and Benicia Makerspace – a nonprofit organization that emphasizes science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
Source: STEAM Discovery Festival on calendar at Benicia High
Join thousands of California STEAM educators for two days of professional learning, collaboration, and inspiration.
The 2018 California STEAM Symposium will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center on October 28–29, 2018. Co-hosted by the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, the California Department of Education, and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, this annual event is the largest gathering of its kind and attracts more than 3,000 teachers, administrators, students, higher education representatives, program providers, and philanthropic, and industry partners from across California.
The California STEAM Symposium is a rigorous, collaborative, and inspiring professional learning conference that showcases innovative approaches to teaching and learning happening across the state. Educators leave with hands-on strategies and resources for best practices that support high-quality science, technology, engineering, art, and math education for all students.
Source: Register for the 2018 CA STEAM Symposium – Letters (CA Dept of Education)
By Nick Sestanovich
Once again, the artistic youth of Benicia have their works displayed in the same gallery often reserved for seasoned artists. In other words, Arts Benicia’s “Next Generation” exhibition is open for viewing.
“Next Generation,” a semiannual exhibit showcasing work by Benicia artists ranging from kindergarteners to high school seniors, had its official opening yesterday. The show was first held in 1996 and continued to be an annual gallery highlight until it was replaced by other events. “Next Generation” was resurrected in 2010 by then-Arts Benicia Director Larnie Fox and has remained a staple ever since.
Through a partnership with Benicia Unified School District, teachers bring in the top pieces their students have worked on, whether in the STEAM Wheel program at the elementary schools, art classes at Benicia Middle School and Benicia High School or the Afterschool Art Club at Liberty High School, sponsored by Arts Benicia.
Source: Arts Benicia highlights ‘Next Generation’ of local student artistry
By Richard Bammer
Solano County Office of Education leaders, in a partnership with Travis Air Force Base, are launching an event, believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, that will enlist the help of Solano County high school students to tackle real-world problems at Travis Air Force Base.
The Phoenix Spark Challenge — described as a strategy used by the military to problem-solve among military operational experts, academia, and government agencies — will take place May 18 at the sprawling base south of Vacaville.
The academic challenge calls for students “to design, solve, and innovate in resolving real-life problems facing Travis Air Force Base,” Gethsemane Moss, senior director of community engagement, wrote in a press release.
Source: A challenge to solve problems at Travis
By Richard Bammer
County fairs are more than arts and crafts, cooking and art competitions, animal and livestock displays, horse racing and demolition derbies, midway carnivals and heart-stopping foods, main stage entertainment of aging rockers and rappers and small-stage magic acts.
Today, kids passing through fairgrounds turnstiles are versed in Digital Age technology and want a chance to exercise their knowledge and have fun while, perhaps, continuing to prepare for their future education and job prospects.
To that end, the Solano County Office of Education will host a free, hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) event Wednesday through Aug. 6 at the Solano County Fair, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, in Vallejo.
The interactive SCOE event will be at the agency’s STEAM booth in McCormack Hall, open from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6.
Source: Science fun for kids at the county fair
By Stacey Goodman
Art continues to remain marginal in education, and I believe this is why: Despite tremendous growth in technology, STEM industries, and education, we are stuck in a rut in our politics, our economy, and the fight for health and fairness for most people.
Art makes us more human and empathetic. Without art, it is hard to imagine the lives of other people, other creatures, and the possibilities of other realities in general. Because of this deficit in art education, young people have tremendous faith in the coolness and remarkable evolution of their gadgets, but not much faith in themselves and other humans to grow and evolve.
Source: More Heart, More Art Through STEAM | Edutopia
By Irma Widjojo
A relatively new program for Vallejo students made an appearance at this year’s Solano County Fair to spread the news.
Representatives and a few students belonging to the Vallejo City Unified School District K-8 STEAM program held a demonstration booth Thursday at the fair.
“It is our first time at the fair,” STEAM Program Coordinator Lilibeth Pinpin said. “We want the community to be part of our program, to know that there’s such a program.
“I always envision a borderless education.”
STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics — teaches students through project-based learning, and incorporates modern technology, like 3-D printing for middle school students.
“We want to prepare them for the academies (in high school),” Pinpin said.
via Vallejo school program introduces itself to public at fair.