Press Release

STEAMConnect Hosting First Conference at Qualcomm in San Diego on March 28
Daylong event attracting hundreds of arts and STEM leaders and enthusiasts

San Diego, Calif. – STEAMConnect in collaboration with STEAM Site Sponsor, Qualcomm Incorporated, will host its first-ever STEAM Conference on Friday, March 28 at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall at 5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA 92121 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. [Registration will open at 7:30 a.m.] Program details and tickets available at\.

The conference is expected to attract a broad range of attendees from a network of more than 750 students, teachers, administrators, nonprofits, business leaders and policymakers from southern California who are engaged in STEAM, which includes science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The opening session starting at 9:15 a.m. will include commentary from several government officials including Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox, and official video messages from San Diego Congressional Representatives Susan Davis, Scott Peters and Juan Vargas as well as Senator Carol Liu who chairs the California State Senate Education Committee. The session will also include perspectives from state leaders of California arts and STEM organizations, Craig Watson of the California Arts Council and Chris Roe of the California STEM Learning Network.

“Our goal for this conference is to rally San Diego and southern California around the concept of STEAM, how it fits into the larger educational and economic landscape, and to dig deeper into questions surrounding STEAM,” said Kim Richards, co-founder of STEAMConnect and founder of KDR PR. “We want to inspire attendees and share new resources to help further this movement toward a generation of whole-minded students who are prepared to drive the innovative workforce of the future.”

Three panel discussions will highlight new research on arts and STEM, quality STEM and STEAM programs and schools, and give specific examples of creative collaborations in STEAM. The program will also include guest speaker Navrina Singh, Qualcomm Innovation Lead, to kick off lunch, interactive exhibits, workshops led by Qualcomm, STEAM Carnival by Two Bit Circus and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as well as student performances and teacher speakers from The Child’s Primary School, Lincoln Acres Elementary, Canyon Crest Academy and “The Rappin’ Mathematician,” Alex Kajitani.

The panel discussions will include the following speakers:

  • Anne Bown-Crawford, CREATE CA
  • Ed Hidalgo, Qualcomm
  • Dr. Dennis Doyle, Collaborations: Teachers and Artists (CoTA)
  • Denise Grande, Los Angeles County Arts Commission
  • Dr. M.A. Greenstein, George Greenstein Institute
  • Molly Kelton, Co-Principal Investigator, InforMath Collaborative
  • Carol LaFayette, SEAD
  • Heather Lattimer, University of San Diego
  • Dr. Nan Renner, Art of Science Learning
  • Dr. John Iversen, UCSD/SIMPHONY study
  • Lauren Widney, San Diego Youth Symphony
  • John Spiegel, San Diego County Office of Education
  • Ellen Peneski, San Diego Science Alliance/San Diego STEM Collaboratory
  • Pat Wayne, Arts Orange County
  • Shari E. Asplund, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Brent Bushnell, Two Bit Circus/STEAM Carnival

Collaborators include: CONNECT, SEAD, San Diego Opera, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Arts Orange County, STEAM Family Day at Balboa Park, BIOCOM Institute, Art of Science Learning, STEAM Carnival by Two Bit Circus, San Diego STEM Collaboratory, CREATE CA, George Greenstein Institute, Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair, Hera Labs, Education Closet and teaching artists and educators Monica and Tyler Aiello with Da Vinci Club.

Follow conference updates on Twitter at #STEAMConf14 and on Facebook.

About STEAMConnect

STEAMConnect is an organization providing a forum for community collaboration and a collection of STEAM resources to further the movements of STEM and STEAM. The network brings a diverse group of stakeholders together including nonprofits, education, business and policymakers. STEAMConnect is a collaborative effort between UCSD Extension and KDR PR, connecting more than 750 members virtually through the bi-weekly STEAMBrief newsletter, on the website and social media, and in person through regular networking events and an annual conference. Join us on Facebook and LinkedIn, and follow us on Twitter @STEAMConnect.

Media Contact:

Ann Marie Price

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