The inaugural STE[+a]M Connect Conference, held March 28 at Qualcomm to emphasize the vital role of the arts in education — along with science, technology, engineering and mathematics — proved to be a rousing success.
Co-presented by UC San Diego Extension and KDR PR, the day-long event featured pre-K-16 educators, administrators, arts and STEM nonprofit leaders, scientific research experts, business leaders and regional policymakers.
“We’re so grateful for the support we received for our first-ever conference,” said Ed Abeyta, director of K-16 programs at UC San Diego Extension, who organized the event along with Kim Richards, a San Diego-based public relations professional. The seminar was the first integrated STEA[+a]M™ networking event based in Southern California.
“Everything about the event was positive and affirming,” said Abeyta, “from the brilliance of the presenters to all the attendees who brought such respect for the educational ideal of whole-minded learning.”
As this photo shows, conferees got creative during an “Arts & Engineering” session using pipe cleaners as props.
From left to right: Heather Lattimer with University of San Diego; Ellen Peneski, San Diego Science Alliance/San Diego STEM Collaboratory; and Denise Grande, Los Angeles County Arts Commission.