University of San Diego Presents:
Youth and community
cONFERENCE AT A GLANCE
10:00 am - 11:00 am
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
2020 Presenters & sessions
Intended Audience Key :
workshop session 1
Composition of STEM
Co-CEO and Co-President of LKW STEM Foundation School Counselor and Department Chair for IDEA Center and Chapparal High School
Co-CEO and Co-President of LKW STEM Foundation Seventh Grade Science Teacher at Magnolia Science Academy-San Diego
Learning Knowledge Worldwide STEM Foundation
What’s in a color? What we see with our eyes is a combination of light refraction and chemical make-up of material pigments. Learn about how each aspect of STEM, Science Technology Engineering and Math, work together to support the search for answers in the world we live in. Let’s Change the World…One “STEMtastical” Experience at a Time!
In this session, participants will learn and review basic chemistry concepts of diffusion, solutions and the composition of color with simple kitchen chromatography. Come join us for an interactive discussion and hands-on demonstration that you can follow along with as we experiment and explore together some of the component parts of color - found in markers & even candy!
Lavar J. Watkins is CEO & President of the STEM Counseling, Workforce Development and STEM Engagement Division.
Kristina H. Watkins is CEO and President of the STEM Education, Curriculum and Development and Global STEM Division.
Lavar and Kristina Watkins are the CEO & President’s of Learning Knowledge Worldwide STEM Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which exists to provide opportunities through “STEM Education” that will inspire “Future STEMologists” at a critical juncture along their K-16 STEM educational and career pathway development to “sySTEMicly” impact our world as the next generation of innovative thinkers, creators and developers! TEAM WATKINS travels the city, state, and nation inspiring students, staff, businesses and various community stakeholders of the importance of learning and applying STEM concepts and content to everyday life.
Hablemos de Resiliencia
High Tech High School
La Palabra Resiliencia es un término muy usado en estos tiempos, pero sabemos exactamente qué es y cómo podemos aplicarlo en nuestra vida cotidiana? Similitudes entre la Resiliencia, la Ingeniería, la Física y la Salud Mental?
Martha Romero ha trabajado junto a otros Padres Latinos relaciones de empoderamiento, seguimiento y desarrollo de metas para estudiantes de las escuelas High Tech High de Point Loma durante seis años en el movimiento “Parent Odyssey”. El enseñar a los padres sobre conceptos básicos de la educación y el sistema educativo público estadounidense ha dado un vuelco importante en los objetivos trazados por Martha y su equipo para llevarlos a un proyecto más integral que incluye no sólo el camino a la universidad sino también la Salud Emocional del estudiante y su familia en este retador y no menos difícil proceso. Crear conciencia en los padres y estudiantes en el entendido de que la educación es una ecuación que lleva implícita la salud mental, circunstancia real de vida que viene con los cambios como es la transición de la High School a la Universidad. El éxito académico del estudiante Latino tiene dos bases, cada una tripartita; la primera: familia, educadores y estudiante; la segunda: educación, salud mental y un propósito.
HTH Village Parent Odyssey es un grupo de padres voluntarios que representamos a las escuelas de la villa de HTH. Nuestra misión es Informar, Educar y Empoderar a las familias Latinas para que activamente trabajemos en equipo con las escuelas de HTH y otras familias apoyando y inspirando a nuestros estudiantes hasta que se gradúen de la universidad y regresen a servir a la comunidad como líderes de su profesión y de la sociedad Americana.
Steam community action quilt
USD STEAM Academy 2020
Students and teachers from the S(TEAM) Youth Academy and Teacher Academy present their calls to action towards Reducing Inequalities, one of the Sustainable Development goals of the United Nations 2030.
University of San Diego STEAM Academy
PEAK Your Interest
Program Manager, The Energy Coalition
In this workshop, participants will learn about the many PEAK program offerings, enrollment procedures, the many benefits, and resources gained through program participation. Through a virtual hands-on lesson demonstration, educators will gain confidence in teaching hands-on STEM lessons that align with NGSS and CCSS. Educators will learn about the various resources ranging from STEM Hero (professionals) webinars and on-site/virtual support offered through program participation
Siria Salas oversees and manages relationships and projects associated with statewide utility partner contracts and is the Instructional Design Lead for curriculum development for workforce and education training programs. She holds a BA in Liberal Studies from Point Loma Nazarene University and an MA in Education from the University of Phoenix. Siria holds a California Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential with a Bilingual, Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) certification. Throughout her career, Siria has served as a general manager and regional trainer with a national optical retailer, as a guest educator in the South Bay Union and Chula Vista Elementary Schools District, and a classroom educator with South Bay Union School District.
At home learning-Free Website Design Course
Program Director, Casa Azul Productions
Casa Azul Productions
Learn how to build a website or blog in WordPress with our video tutorials and live workshops. In this course, you will learn how to create a logo, select a domain, install WordPress, design a WordPress theme, and/or create an ecommerce website. You will also have an opportunity to win a scholarship from Casa Azul to cover your website design cost. Visit our page to learn more, www.casaazulproductions.com
Bianca Alvarado graduated with a degree in international relations from San Diego State University and studied abroad in Uruguay through the Gilman Scholarship in 2011 sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. In 2018, she obtained a master’s degree in social innovation from the University of San Diego. She also holds a Single Subject Teaching Credential. Recently, Bianca became the co-founder of La Casa Azul Productions.
Check out their youtube channel!
Trash to Treasure: Upcycling at its Best
UC San Diego Extension Instructor
We all know how important it is to recycle to slow the flow of trash into overstuffed landfills. Now discover how to put a creative spin on recycling by “upcycling” – turning trash into treasures--artistic, useful and valuable products. We will explore how trash can be transformed using different techniques and art mediums, consider how much waste we produce, and discuss the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling in our daily lives.
Ms. Leanne Lieu has been working with her hands since she was a child. Her favorite medium is paper, making origami flowers, boxes, etc., hand-made cards, and home décor. She also creates custom jewelry for clients. With her background in education, Ms. Lieu designs projects where students flex their creativity.
The Sally Ride Science Junior Academy summer program offers science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) workshops for students entering 4th-12th grade. During these workshops, students assume the roles of space explorer, marine biologist, computer programmer, and more as they immerse themselves in hands-on projects. Top-notch STEAM instructors lead these workshops, serving as both teachers and role models. These summer workshops also incorporate real-life stories of vibrant women conducting research in each field. Their examples inspire students and help make STEAM careers more accessible. Workshops run through 7/24/2020.
Come see her journey to where she is now.
jasmine l. Sadler aerospace engineer - steam collaborative
workshop session 2
Artificial Intelligence for Kids!
Founder and Executive Director of Hands-On Technology Education
Computer Science Student,
Minerva Schools at KGI
Have you ever wondered what makes computers "smart"? How do things like video games, smart devices and phones figure out so many things on their own?! Well this is your chance to dive into the world of Artificial Intelligence for Kids! In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the fundamentals of AI & Machine Learning through our incredible "Teachable Machine" project!
Dr. Korey Sewell , founder of Hands-On Technology Education, is a professional engineer and educator specializing in Computer Science & Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan (2012) and his Bachelor's degree from the University of California at Riverside (2004). His professional background consists of work at places such as Intel, Apple, Qualcomm and MIPS Technologies with interests in Microprocessors, CPU Workloads, and Simulation Methodology. As an educator, Dr. Sewell aspires for Hands-On Technology to continue to fulfill its mission of empowering the K-12 demographic with innovative, practical, and affordable technology-based activities (summer camps, workshops, and after-school programs).
Corin is a Computer Science student at the Minerva Schools at KGI as well as a Lead Instructor and Curriculum Development Specialist for Hands-On Technology Education (HOTE). Before HOTE, she has had prior experience in engineering and theater development (an assistant acting instructor). Corin’s career interests include combining multimedia communication and AI to help connect individuals and address social problems.
Forest School STEAM: Learning from Nature
PhD, Professor of Praxis,
This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the basic tenets of Forest School - a nature based pedagogical approach with proven benefits for behavior, anxiety and learning difficulties whilst developing children's resilience, creativity, holistic learning and a deep connection to nature. In addition to the Forest school approach we will introduce the idea of 'Learning from nature' or 'biomimicry' - being inspired to solve our problems by discovering how nature solves its own. Participants will be invited to take part in a simple exercise which will present a small window into the 'Forest School STEAM' world of possibility.
Dr. Caroline Baillie is Professor of Praxis in Engineering and Social Justice at the University of San Diego with a background in materials engineering, engineering education and STEAM elementary education. Through the Shiley Marcos School of Engineering/ Professional Continuing Education at USD and the Standing People Together program (a program of the not-for-profit organization 'Waste for Life') she helps run a Forest School STEAM one year teacher certification program. This gives teachers Forest School Leader Level 3 equivalency as well as the capabilites to bring forest School to the k-6 curriculum through an integrated STEAM approach. They also hosts weekly extra-curricular and after-school forest schools for children (k-6). This program aims to support public schools in the development of forest school programs to help in the teaching of their standards-based curriculum.
Instrumentos Musicales de las Américas
Senior Research Engineer, Qualcomm, Advanced Tech R&D,
AT THE END
Presentación de instrumentos populares en la música folklórica de las Américas. Al explorar instrumentos de cuerda, viento y percusión se va a dar conocimientos principales sobre la ciencia del sonido.
Speakers and Headphones
Dr. Isaac Muñoz received an electrical engineering B.S. degree from the California Institute of Technology, traveled throughout Latin America building musical instruments as a Watson Fellow, and completed his PhD. in computer music at UCSD. He is currently researching the next generation of audio as a senior engineer at Qualcomm.
School Program Coordinator, Nature Collective
Educator, Nature Collective
An introductory lesson to nature journaling using the routine of I Notice, I Wonder, and It Reminds Me Of. This session will encourage students to use Words, Numbers and Pictures in their entries. Students will spend some time journaling on their own before returning to the group to share their journal entries with others. All you need is a pencil and some paper!
Just some paper and a pencil
Nature Collective connects lands and hiking trails, provides experiences for people to fall in love with nature, and protects the beauty all around us. We’re a nonprofit that stewards lands like the San Elijo Lagoon – and offers engaging events for one and all.
Debi Iannizzotto, as the School Program Coordinator for Nature Collective, develops curriculum, provides professional development training with partner educators to make learning in nature a more integral part of the classroom and in-the-field experiences, and oversees a weekend family adventure program called GOIN (Get Out Into Nature).
Carol is currently an Educator at the Nature Collective. It is in this position that she is able to share her curiosity and sense of wonder with school children out in nature. She uses the phenomena of the natural world to teach science practices and assist children in learning from their own explorations and discoveries. When she is not working in the field, Carol enjoys traveling to witness natural beauty and experience cultures where daily life is so different from ours.
After many years in the high tech industry, Jim changed course and applied his skills in science and communication to nature education. As an Educator with the Nature Collective organization, he has helped thousands of students enjoy the natural wonders of the San Elijo Lagoon while using science concepts to build observation skills, ignite curiosity and connect students to the natural world around them. On his own time, Jim enjoys recording the ever changing nature on his daily discovery hikes in the Lagoon.
Educator, Nature Collective
STEM Stories: the Power of the Influencer
Participants will learn about the design and implementation of an interdisciplinary STEAM project and they will hear Rinka N., Aiden S., and Shannon P., students of Kearney School of Digital Media and Design, tell the stories of STEMists from underrepresented populations. This presentation will also featuring the work of Amari H., Lloyd L., Lily G., Mya M.
pen/pencils and paper (any size) for drawing
Physics Teacher, Kearny High School of Digital Media Design
American Literature Teacher, Kearny High School of Digital Media Design
Kriss Thompson is a Science teacher at Kearny High Schol of Digital Media and Design. She grew up in El Paso, Texas and Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and is an alumna of USD’s SOLES. It is her goal as a science educator to encourage all students to see themselves as scientists and to consider a career in STEM.
Peri Kost teaches American Literature at Kearny High School of Digital Media and Design. She has 15 years of experience working in interdisciplinary teams to develop project based learning curriculum. She believes meaningful PBL experiences allow students to engage more authentically with core concepts and develop a range of transferable skills.
Zach Robson is a Social Studies teacher at Kearny High School of Digital Media and Design.
As educators, empirical research shows us that individuals who are a part of underrepresented populations and have a mentor of similar gender/ethnic background tend to seek higher-level education in STEM fields, which then allows for access to higher-level STEM jobs. Therefore, one of the goals of this project is to provide our students with opportunities to develop relationships with women and other minorities in STEM with the hopes that they will ultimately be more apt to consider STEM careers. To see the project click here!
The 11th grade students at Kearny High School of Digital Media and Design (DMD) are a group of innovative influencers who use their critical thinking and media skills to practice civic engagement and bring positive change to our community. This year our 11th-grade students (class of 2022) will be creating interdisciplinary pieces that incorporate science, art, and history (STEAM-a-zines and InvestiCrates) inspired by local STEMists from an underrepresented population. Students will use these products to target Linda Vista with the goal of providing people with stories of STEM professionals who reflect the gender and ethnic background of the community.
The Science of Tortillas/
La Ciencia de las Tortillas
STEAM Outreach Ambassador
The “Science of Tortillas'' allows students to explore the chemistry and physics behind everyday food. The lesson explains how biology, chemistry and physics topics come together in the creation of a tortilla. This lesson demonstrates biology by explaining how the different strains of corn came about, chemistry by reacting ground maize with calcium oxide to form our dough or masa, and the physics of mechanical instruments, different forces and energy. This culturally relevant lesson allows students from different backgrounds and cultures to learn science using something as fun and easy as making and eating tortillas.
STEAM Outreach Ambassador
STEAM Outreach Ambassador
STEAM Outreach Ambassador
Jonathan (Johnny) Padilla is a San Diego and Tijuana native. He graduated from UC San Diego in 2018, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physiology and Neuroscience and a minor in Chicanx studies. He is currently a 3rd year medical student at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Tijuana, Baja California. Johnny hopes to serve his binational environment by promoting STEM and health related topics to different communities, both as an educator and a health professional. He hopes to one day become a doctor and professor of medicine to teach underrepresented communities how to improve their health.
Ronny Vasquez is an International Student from Venezuela. He is currently in his last year at UC San Diego, majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Marine Sciences. He transferred from San Diego City College where he obtained 3 different associates degrees, French AA, Humanities AA and General Sciences AS. He has served different communities as an educator and he is looking forward to continuing and developing new methods of learning.
Alberto "Beto" Vasquez was raised in Logan Heights. Once a high school dropout, he has overcome homelessness, incarceration and addiction and managed to change the trajectory of his life. Vazquez earned an MA in biology at UCSD He is currently employed with the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) at the University of California at San Diego, where he spearheads the university’s efforts to increase STEM diversity, access and interest to disenfranchised communities throughout Southern California.
Arturo (Archie) Baza, a Community College student at San Diego City College. His studies are currently focused in Mechanical Engineering and he is looking forward to transferring to a 4 year University, where he can further his education. He currently works with CREATE at UC San Diego as a STEM outreach ambassador, promoting science to students in K-12.
Founder and Managing Director,
Tiny Home Central
The tiny-house movement is sweeping the country! Explore how and why people are building houses that take up a fraction of the space of a typical home, and then learn how you can create your own tiny-house model. Participants will explore the role of architecture, social responsibility, and community sustainability all play a role in the design of tiny houses.
Ellen Stone has been focusing on the potential of tiny homes for those experiencing housing insecurity and those that wish to live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle. She was Chair of the Tiny Home Subcommittee under SD County’s Behavioral Health Housing Council, co-founded the local chapter of the American Tiny House Association and is Founder and Managing Director of Tiny Home Central.
UC San Diego - Sally Rice Science Junior Academy summer program offers science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) workshops for students entering 4th-12th grade. During these workshops, students assume the roles of space explorer, marine biologist, computer programmer, and more as they immerse themselves in hands-on projects. Top-notch STEAM instructors lead these workshops, serving as both teachers and role models. These summer workshops also incorporate real-life stories of vibrant women conducting research in each field. Their examples inspire students and help make STEAM careers more accessible. Workshops run through 7/24/2020.
Unmasking The Beautiful Human Face
Chula Vista Elementary School District
Chula Vista Elementary School District
Each human face is different from every other, and each is uniquely beautiful, yet there is a consistency in the architecture of the facial features that many are not aware of. Using focused observation, participants will become more aware of the wondrous landscape of the human face, and will learn some strategies for drawing it, too!
Wesley Garcia has more than 10 years of classroom teaching experience in various grade levels spanning from elementary to high school, and has served as an instructional coach for 15 years. He is currently working as a 6th grade teacher at Olympic View Elementary in the Chula Vista Elementary School District. Wesley also has a bachelor’s degree in Art, and has produced murals and other works of art for a number of schools.
Dr. Devoun Stewart Chemistry professor - Sacramento City college
Come see his journey to where he is now.
workshop session 3
Logical Thinking with a Simulated Robot
FTC Team Captain
Robosub Deputy Captain
Mechanical Team Member
Members of Team Inspiration will share their inspiring journey in STEM to engage the community in it. Additionally, they will teach the foundations of logic through simulated robots in an engaging activity.
Laptop and paper
My name is Aditya and I have been in robotics for 6 years, and in that time, learned a lot about technical aspects of robotics—like programming and design—and also important soft skills, like leadership, time management, and communication. As the team lead for the 2020 FIRST Tech Challenge season, I got to directly guide a team of 10 members to advance to the world championship in 2020. I enjoy teaching robotics to others, and want to share my teachings with the local and global community. I’ve mentored teams and students in over 5 different countries.
My name is Ashiria Goel and I have been in robotics for the past 2 years. This year I am the deputy team lead for the 2020 RoboSub competition and have been able to oversee the process in detail. Throughout my journey, I have worked on programming and learned about many engineering concepts as well as learned to work with others and get a job done. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of robotics and encouraging others to become a part of it as well.
My name is Noah Tang, and this is my 2nd year on Team Inspiration, and have primarily worked on the mechanical team. Throughout my time on Team Inspiration, I have improved my ability to create 3-D Computer-Aided Design (CAD) models for subsystems of various complex robots.
Applying and Going to College
Admission Counselor for Multicultural Recruitment, University of San Diego
Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of San Diego
In this interactive and highly informative session you will learn the steps required for preparing and applying for college. The session will cover how to decide on a college that suits you, how to prepare a personal statement, guidelines on applying using the common app, information about USD. as well as other, often overlooked details of the college application process. Apply for USD here!
Michelle D. Padilla has worked with serving students in different capacities throughout the years as a teacher, social worker, and now advisor. As a first-generation student and growing up in the border county of Imperial Valley, she strives to empower underrepresented communities. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of San Diego.
Pauline Berryman Powell works on projects that support university faculty, and she interprets, creates and applies academic policies that directly relate to the College of Arts and Sciences. Additionally, Powell supports all students, provides counseling on a wide range of complex issues, serves as first contact regarding enforcement of university and college policies, provides help to international students, works with local community colleges to create articulation agreements to clearly define course equivalents between the institutions. She also coordinates the annual University of San Diego Honors Convocation, and serves as co-chair of the Diversity Postdoctoral Faculty and Recruitment Committee. Powell has a special interest in working with underrepresented students, transfers and students with learning disabilities.
Maria S. Malloy found her passion in advising while completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at San Diego State University. Her interest in serving students continued as she completed her Master of Arts in Counseling at the University of San Diego. While pursuing her graduate studies, she worked in both the admission and international offices. Maria has now been part of USD’s Office of Undergraduate Admission for over 15 years. She works with both first-year and transfer applicants, while managing the international admission process.
Associate Director and International Admission Counselor, Undergraduate Admission, University of San Diego,
SciChats @Salk:Un Dia en el Dia de Una Cientifica/
A Day in the Life of a Scientist
SciChats connects a Salk scientist with an audience for a presentation of their career and research in science. The goal is to breakdown the classic-stereotype of stuffy-scientist, and expose youth to wide range of careers in science that are waiting for them. Salk Scientist, Dr. Cynthia Reyes will speak for about 20 minutes, and answer audience questions for about 10 minutes.
Come see Un Dia en el Dia de Una Cientifica/A Day in the Life of a Scientist! Dr. Cynthia Reyes of the Salk Institute will share her career path, give us a look at her current research, and answer your scientific questions! SciChats offer a unique opportunity to hear directly from a lab scientist actively working towards exciting scientific discoveries. Don’t miss out your chance to listen, learn, and ask!
Dr. Reyes studies the genome, a region at the end of our chromosomes that plays a crucial role in the viability of your cells. These structures are called telomeres, and Dr.Reyes studies the intricate balance of their length regulation. The presence or absence of just a few letters of DNA on the end of a chromosome can mean the difference between a young cell and a cell at the end of its life span. Telomere regulation has implications in human disease, cancer, and aging, so having a clear picture of the important players is crucial to our understanding of life.
From Math to Art
Programmer of MathArt.us , Owner of Art by Coloring
Create your own beautiful art! MathArt.us is a platform where you can create interesting and unusual patterns through an intuitive interface, and discover the language of computer graphics, much about the angles in a circle, numbers to make geometric shapes and much much more.
Paul Gary Phillips is a computer graphic artist who has learned to program to make tools to facilitate his computer art which uses mathematical and randomize functions to manipulate simple shapes into regular and unusual patterns. Currently the tools he programmed and uses are provided for anyone to use who want to play in a world of math based art.
Funds of Knowledge and Culturally Responsive Education
Assistant Professor, Integrated Engineering, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, USD
In this session, we will discuss the benefits of integrating a funds of knowledge approach to STEM education, particularly engineering education. We will explore the ways in which teachers can engage with students, their parents and their communities to create bridges between the home, the community and the classroom.
Access to Internet
Dr. Joel Alejandro (Alex) Mejia is an assistant professor in the Department of Integrated Engineering at the University of San Diego. his research has contributed to the integration of critical theoretical frameworks and Chicano Cultural Studies to investigate and analyze existing deficit models in engineering education. Dr. Mejia's work also examines how asset-based models impact the validation and recognition of students and communities of color as holders and creators of knowledge.
Genomics 101: Learn about DNA and do a strawberry extraction hands-on activity!
Technical Application Scientist, Illumina
In this fun interactive session, students and families will learn about the structure and function of DNA, traits and inheritance. Participants will be able to ask our resident scientist questions. After he shares about DNA, you can watch him perform a DNA extraction from a strawberry or do the experiment alongside him. Just make sure you get your materials ahead of time – most materials can be found around your home!
Jason Button, Technical Application Scientist at Illumina supports customers who use Illumina Sequencing Instruments for their research and clinical applications. What does that mean?! He handles customer phone and email problems by answering questions concerning our machines and experiments. He hosts troubleshooting and informational webinars and helps customers with finding information quickly. If you are a customer of Illumina and are having trouble – Jason is your guy!
Introduction to Snapology Origami
Principal Owner, Imathigination LLC
In this session, participants will learn about snapology origami, a type of origami made of cardstock strips. Participants will make a snapology icosahedron and gain the necessary skills to make other shapes on their own. Participants will learn that they can upcycle thier trash-such as tetrapacks or old transparencies-into elegant pieces of math art.
Yana Mohanty is the founder of Imathgination LLC, whose award-winning product Geometiles has gained popularity nationwide in schools, after-school programs, universities, and math festivals. Having started her career in engineering before earning a Ph.D. in mathematics from UCSD, Yana loves sharing her diverse approach to STEM with students and teachers.
Imathgination LLC is a small San Diego based company whose mission is to communicate the beauty of math through tactile objects. We sell Geometiles, a set of interlocking tiles for building and exploring, as well as hand made mathematical art items.
David Honda is a middle school math teacher from San Diego. When not teaching he creates artwork in an attempt to showcase the beauty in mathematics. He won First Prize at the Math Art exhibit at the Joint Math Meetings in San Diego in 2018.
Math Teacher, award-winning origami artist
Project Coordinator, Energy Coalition
In this workshop, participants will learn about the social and environmental impacts of the textile and fashion industry. Participants will then learn about alternative and sustainable methods of production and textile creation and will create their own upcycled pillow from materials found around the home as a means to limit their energy footprint.
Mallory Schaefer supports engagement and enrollment goals, assists with educational events, and supports Local Government Partnership projects. She previously served two AmeriCorps VISTA terms in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she supported a variety of initiatives, including acquiring funding and developing curriculum for a Makerspace in an off-grid rural school. She also worked five summers at a Girl Scout camp in Prescott, Arizona, starting as an Art Instructor and Unit Counselor and moving to Assistant Camp Director. Mallory holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Sustainability Studies from Northern Arizona University.
Theatre for Environmental Justice
Theatre Department, College of Arts and Sciences, University of San Diego
Based on Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, participants will work together as actors and directors to create real-life practices towards environmental sustainability.
Tezeru Teshome, PhD is a Postdoctoral Rsearch and Teaching Fellow at USD. Her research focus is on youth civic engagement, critical childhood studies, and Black Performance Studies. She finds joy in helping (young) people value their flaws as strengths. This is the second year she will work with the STEAM youth and community conference
Keynote Speaker, Raffle Results and Closing Words
Dr. Shakira Hobbs-Keynote Speaker
A self-driven, adaptable and courageous assistant professor at University of Kentucky in the Department of Civil Engineering conducting novel research in global sustainability, resource recovery from anthropogenic waste, and life cycle thinking applied to food-energy-water nexus.
She has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Sciences and Technology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2012. In 2014 she received her Master's Degree in Engineering (Environmental) from Arizona State University. Then three years later she earned her PhD. in Civil Engineering from Clemson University. Then from 2017-2019 she engaged in Post Doctoral Research for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences from University of Virginia.
Dr. Shakira Hobbs is an incredible sustainable and humanitarian engineer. To learn more read pages 7 - 11 of this journal.
Raffles and Prizes
Sally ride Junior Swag
Donated by Sally
Ride Junior Academy
Four tickets to san diego air and space museum
Donated by San Diego Air and Space Museum
Surface x pro laptop
Donated by Qualcomm
Donated by Qualcomm
Special Thanks to Our Contributors and Sponsors
Kearney High School of Media and Design
Chula Vista Elementary School District
Sacramento City College
University of Kentucky
Robotics Team Inspiration
Tech Adventure Camp
University of San Diego Strategic Initiative
Support from NSF-DRL#1713547