Approximately 150 students from Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Oakland Tech and McClymonds High Schools, and from the Groundwork Richmond Project, went to school together on April 11th for STEM Awareness Day. Hosted by the Institute for STEM Education at CSU East Bay in partnership with Bayer Healthcare, Wareham Development, UC Berkeley, Berkeley City College, and the East Bay EDA, students from several cities gathered together to learn about the many interesting STEM-related career paths open to them.
As a way for students to capture their perspective and experiences on STEM Career Awareness Day, Wareham Development provided every student with a video camera, and a challenge. The best student video producer was to be awarded with a first place prize of $500 and a private theater showing of the winning video. As you can see in one of the photos below, the students were already making use of the cameras to document what they saw and heard.
Check out STEM Career Awareness Day Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/53901376@N04/sets/72157643858718174/
STEM Career Awareness Day Agenda
Welcome to Career Day 2014 – Trina Ostrander, Associate Director, Public Policy and Communications, Bayer Healthcare and Rich Robbins, President, Wareham Development
Women in STEM – CaTameron Bobino, Graduate Student, CSU East Bay
East Bay Innovation Corridor – Keith Carson, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District Five and Chair, East Bay Economic Development Alliance
Keynote Remarks – Sarah Kobrinsky, Poet Laureate, City of Emeryville
Moving into STEM Careers: Pathways, Pitfalls & Possibilities – Facilitator: Trina Ostrander, Associate Director, Public Policy and Comm., Bayer Healthcare
Panelists: Ridder Alvarez, Transportation Engineer, Caltrans; Jack Cunniff, Ph.D., Regional Sales Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific; Jateen Bhakta, Co-Founder, Ninja Pandas; Clare Bhakta, Instructor, CSU East Bay; Colleen McMahan, Acting Research Leader, US Department of Agriculture
Industry representatives engaged students with hands-on demonstrations and Q&A sessions. Sites: Balfour Beatty Construction, Bayer Healthcare, Ex’pressions College, Kinemed, Meyer Sound, Swerveco, and Wareham Development
Perspectives on the day & Networking BINGO – Facilitator: Stephanie Couch, Bayer Executive Director, Institute for STEM Education, CSUEB
Closing Remarks – Julie Sinai, Director, BUSD School Board Member & Community Relations, UC Berkeley