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Board Meeting Schedule 2015

Published on January 27, 2015, by

Here’s the current (could change) schedule of CCSTEM Board meetings for 2015: PDF.


Regional Science Bowl, February 28th; Volunteers Needed

Published on January 26, 2015, by

Your help is needed! Needed are volunteers for registration, timekeeping, score keeping, questioning, runner, etc.

This exciting math and science competition involves middle schools from throughout our region (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Kern, Monterey, and San Diego Counties). The winning team receives an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Science Bowl! This is an amazing contest that gets students excited about math and science and encourages them to seek jobs in these fields.

The Science Bowl will be held Saturday, February 28, from 9am to 4pm at Arroyo Grande High School. There are two short training sessions (also at AG High) to choose from (attend only one), January 28th in the evening or February 22nd in the afternoon. See the flier for details.

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Bright Minds Scholarships

Published on January 22, 2015, by

Each year, through the Bright Minds scholarship program, PG&E awards ten renewable scholarships of up to $20,000 per year for up to five years and 90 one-time $2,000 scholarships. Over the past three years, PG&E has awarded nearly $3 million in Bright Minds scholarships to high school and current college students and veterans, many of whom will be the first in their family to attend college.

The application period is open now, and closes February 9, 2015.



Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Published on January 22, 2015, by

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. Established by Congress in 1983, the PAEMST program authorizes the President to bestow up to 108 awards each year. The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Since the program’s inception, more than 4,300 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science (including computer science) education. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Nominations are due April 1, 2015.



“From Heat and Pressure Comes True Love”

Published on January 13, 2015, by

Or, “The Science and Romance of Diamonds”. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a celebration of diamonds, featuring gemologist Jamie Foster.  Ask any bride, well, practically any bride, the wedding story better begin with something that actually comes from a great deal of heat and pressure – a diamond, just like a long-lasting marriage. Let’s go to great depths to find out where diamonds come from, open our eyes to all the colors of the rainbow, look up to out-of-this-world diamond beauties. We’ll include a dash of history and lore. It will be an ode to diamonds and all things pure, pure science, that is. You’ll have to provide the romance on your own time.

Where: Hosted by Scotty’s Bar & Grill, 750 Price Street, Pismo Beach
Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Time: 6:30pm no host bar, 7:00pm dinner served, 7:30pm lecture begins
Cost: $30.00, all inclusive, choice of entrée: prime rib, salmon, or chicken fettuccini (may be made vegetarian). Dinner includes Caesar salad, bread, choice of coffee, tea or soda, and red velvet cake for dessert.

In order to reserve your place at the event, you must pay in advance prior to February 4th. Make your check in the amount of $30 per person payable to “SLOCOE”. Please include names of attendees. Mail your check with choice of entrée indicated to: CCSTEM, 360 Platino Lane, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420.

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