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CCST Spotlight Newsletter, June 30, 2016

CCST has been at the forefront of analyzing STEM education in California, including innovations in higher education. The Maker Movement is now inspiring UCs, CSUs, and California Community Colleges and other institutions around the state to invest in new programs, creating makerspaces to help students creatively assess problems and letting their technological explorations take shape.

In this issue: CCST Convenes Maker Space Stakeholders Throughout California; Engineering Education of the Future; Fellows Profile: Neela Babu; Planning Grants Available In Your State.

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June 30, 2016 Spotlight Newsletter

21st Century Conversations: CCST Convenes Maker Space Stakeholders Throughout California

By M. DANIEL DECILLIS

In April this year, CCST released a roadmap to help California Community Colleges grow a network of makerspaces, communal, interdisciplinary spaces which are empowering open-ended learning throughout the nation. This month, CCST brought the conversation home with a series of regional symposia designed to take the information in the report to the next level.

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Makerspace Symposia

Go to the InnovationMaker3 Symposium Series Homepage


CalTAC: The California Teacher Advisory Council

CCST created a group of 12 outstanding K-14 science and math classroom teachers from throughout California to form CalTAC. This body has provided a voice for STEM educators to discuss trends and policies facing science, technology, engineering, and math education in California, and interface with the State policymaking community.

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CalTAC

CCST S&T Policy Fellows: Science and Technology Informing Policy

Each year, CCST trains and mentors 10 scientists and engineers in the policymaking process, then places them alongside staffers in California Assembly and Senate offices. Known in the State Capitol as "the Science Fellows", these PhD-level experts experience a year of public service and leadership training, and get the chance to explore a career in California’s policy arena. At the same time, the State Legislature benefits from access to highly skilled, sciencesavvy staff to advise them on legislative issues and priorities.

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S&T Policy Fellows

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