For Immediate Release – May 9, 2015
Contacts: Barry Brown / Communications and Public Relations Officer 831.784.4245
Brandon Swift / STEM Coordinator / Administrator 831.784.4147
STEM Expo Brings Teachers and Local Science Groups Together
Previewing Curriculum Offerings, Programs and Professional Development
Salinas, CA – While a 3-D printer quietly and methodically built rocket parts, a roomful of Monterey County science teachers got to learn how rocketry, habitat rehabilitation, ocean acidification and rebuilt motors might change the way local students learn science.
The 2015 STEM Expo, hosted by the Monterey County Office of Education, gave over 50 local science teachers the opportunity to meet and network with local scientific groups, research organizations and program providers. Exhibitors included the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, LIMPETS Program, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Exploring New Horizons Outdoor School, Save the Whales, Rocket Mavericks, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Olinga Learning – Intro to Engineering and Circuits.
“This gives teachers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) the chance to meet face-to-face with representatives from local research and scientific groups,” said Brandon Swift, STEM Coordinator with the Monterey County Office of Education. “Teachers can see what programs are available and learn how to tap into the great wealth of expertise that we have right here in Monterey County.”
The STEM Expo was presented by the Educational Services Division of the Monterey County Office of Education, and free of charge to Monterey County K-12 science teachers and district administrators.