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Educators Convene In San Diego For STEM Education Conference

Educators Convene In San Diego For STEM Education Conference


Cristina Trecha, San Diego Science Project

Muhammed Chaudry, Silicon Valley Education Foundation


The second annual California STEM Symposium brings thousands of educators and science industry leaders to San Diego this week.

The conference will focus on getting more girls as well as underrepresented minorities interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

In fact, educators hope the implementation of the upcoming Next Generation Science Standards, will lead to vigorous STEM programs that engage all students.

Starting in 2016, teachers across California will have a new way of teaching STEM subjects.

The Next Generation Science Standards identify the scientific ideas all students should know by the time they graduate from high school.

The new standards are not the Common Core state standards for science, rather they're designed to work in tandem with Common Core and take an integrative approach to teaching STEM subjects.

Current science standards were adopted 15 years ago and supporters say significant advances in science and technology call for new standards.

On Monday, KPBS Midday Edition explores what the new standards mean for local classrooms and learn about how districts are preparing for NGSS.

The STEM Symposium runs through Tuesday. California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will speak Monday at the opening of the symposium.

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