Agenda Item
Meeting Date:
3/19/2019 - 7:00 PM  
Category:
INFORMATION / DISCUSSION ITEMS  
Type:
Info  
Subject:
9.2 Tri-Valley Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Partnership  
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Attachment Summary:
Tri-Valley Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Partnership  
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Quick Summary / Abstract:
Volunteers with the Livermore Science and Society Center will provide an update on their mission.  
Background:
The mission of the Livermore Science and Society Center (LSSC) is to design, build, and operate a regional Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Education Resource Center as part of the cultural core in downtown Livermore. Their vision: unsurpassed scientific literacy in our region, designed to serve the cultural, business and educational needs of our community.

The Livermore Science and Society Center vision is part of a trend toward bringing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and economic development into local communities. By creating hands-on exhibits and activities for accessible, informal learning, themes of interest can be vibrantly showcased to the local and regional community.
 
Status:
Ideally, the Center would be a place where many first discover their love of science. It would be designed to demonstrate the impact of science, technology, and engineering on our daily lives. It can encourage curiosity in people of all ages. This progressive Center can change lives and influence the future by inspiring students from all demographics to pursue technical careers. Above all, it could encourage local, community camaraderie and inspire a diverse range of people to come together and discover something new.

The Livermore Science and Society Center is anticipated to be an impactful presence in the Tri-Valley with an accessible location and inspiring content. Construction of the facility is slated to begin in early 2022 with an expected grand opening to follow end of 2023.

An essential component of the Science Center’s plan includes not just design and construction of the facility, but the development of the educational/cultural program. The content of their program would be based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for K-12 education. California has adopted these standards, which are designed to provide a broad understanding of:
• Science and Engineering Practices;
• Core Ideas in four scientific/engineering disciplines; and
• Cross Cutting Concepts used in science and engineering.

Their program is intended for ALL, not just for those with strong interest in science and engineering. In the purest sense of the meaning, the Next Generation Science Standards provide a path to scientific literacy.

 
Fiscal Impact:
There is no impact to the General Fund, as the Livermore Science and Society Center is a District partner. The Livermore Science and Society Center is a 501(c) (3) non-profit established in June of 2018.  
Superintendent's Recommendation
This item is informational only and requires no action be taken by the Board of Education.  
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Lori Rice - Executive Secretary
Signed By:  
Kelly Bowers, Ed.D. - Superintendent