STEM education provides many opportunities and challenges. How can our practice evolve to meet the needs of 21st-century learners?

$25,000 in cash for great STEM teaching and learning ideas.

STEMposium STEMposium is a STEM symposium event happening on April 1, 2011.

Dear Valued Educator,

As someone with a deep commitment to education, we know that you are invested in improving the quality of STEM teaching and learning in California. Often teachers are not asked for their great ideas to improve the way students learn STEM. Here is your opportunity to finally tell your story of STEM and potentially win $5,000 in the process.

This April 1, 2011, Encorps Teachers Program is launching STEMposium, a symposium event that will cultivate innovations and connect leaders in STEM education throughout California. At STEMposium, students, teachers and educational innovators will share their ideas to a live and digital audience at the California Academy of Sciences. To find great ideas and speakers, STEMposium is holding a video contest and we want you and your students to enter.

How can my students or I be featured at STEMposium and win $5,000?

Enter the contest and submit a 60 second video of your idea at
Videos are simples, just you and camera explaining your idea.
Deadline for videos is January 31, 2011.

From the submissions, a panel of experts will select 20 presenters to be featured at STEMposium and a total of $25,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top innovators. This is a great opportunity to raise money for your classroom and to get attention for your great ideas. Submitting a video and attending STEMposium is also a great, hands-on professional development opportunity.

Email us with questions at

All the best,
the STEMposium team

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8th grade science teacher, health teacher

Video questions...

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Can I make my video with my cell phone or does it have to be a "real" camera?

STEMposium is a STEM symposium event happening on April 1, 2011.

Great question

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Videos can be made with anything that will upload to YouTube, so a cell phone, flip cam, webcam, a camera built into a Mac, etc. can be used.

Also, production quality isn't imporant. Should just be you, talking to a camera, explaining your idea.

curriculum and projects learning centers

STEM PBL Unit with lesson plan & teachers' guide pages

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My idea already exists as a Project-Based Learning Activity with Photograph Starter Page, lesson plan, and brief text teachers' guide.

So do you accept an already created MS Word document to accompany the 60 second video...?

Thank you for your assistance with my proposal/submission...

Allen Berg

STEMposium is a STEM symposium event happening on April 1, 2011.

Allen, Thank you for your

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Thank you for your question. We are excited to view your submission! The selection of semi-finalists for STEMposium will be based purely on the 60 second video submissions, but please feel free to email your document to so that we can keep it on file for the duration of the contest. Also, be sure to describe the document as best you can in your brief video if it is a critical part of your STEM idea.

Looking forward to your hearing you tell your story of STEM,
The STEMposium team

I am interested in starting a

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I am interested in starting a STEM after-school/summer program. Any suggestions?

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Hi Phyllis, We have lots of

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Hi Phyllis,

We have lots of resources for STEM programs.

Please let us know how your program goes. We love to hear about it!

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