RCOE Will Host Town Hall Meeting For Statewide “Engaging Girls in STEM” Initiative

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Engaging Girls in STEM - Making The Connection for Action

The town hall meeting will include speakers, exhibitors, and a panel discussion focusing on how to involve female students in science, technology, engineering and math.

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) will host a town hall meeting as part of a statewide initiative encouraging more female students to choose careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“Engaging Girls in STEM: Making the Connection for Action” is scheduled for 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at RCOE’s Conference Center, 3958 12th Street, Riverside. Registration has closed for the event.

RCOE is one of only three agencies in the state invited to host a STEM town hall meeting in partnership with the California Department of Education, the California Commission on the Status of Women and STEM advocacy groups. The others are the Los Angeles and San Joaquin county offices of education.

More than 120 education, government, and business leaders are expected to attend, along with 25 STEM related exhibitors (see list of exhibitors below). The highlight will be a panel discussion on ways leaders can help involve female students in STEM.

Panel members include:

  • Lyzandra Ortega, a sixth-grade student at Val Verde Elementary School in the Val Verde Unified School District
  • Lea Deesing, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Riverside
  • Alisha Wilkins, Commissioner Representative for the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls
  • Sheila Neff, Transportation/Civil Engineer, Highway Design Engineer, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
  • Sharon Walker, Interim Dean, Bourns College of Engineering, University of California, Riverside
  • Kenneth Wesson, Educational Consultant in Neuroscience

Speakers at the event will include:

  • Judy White, Riverside County Superintendent of Schools
  • Paula Evans, Education Programs Consultant, Professional Learning Support Division STEM, California Department of Education (CDE)
  • Mike Barney, Executive Director, Riverside County Office of Education

The town hall format will allow time for participants to meet with advocates, view exhibits, and discuss initiatives that support female careers in STEM.

The purpose of the town hall is to help policy makers, educators, and business and community partners identify steps needed to engage young women in STEM educational fields and disciplines.

Exhibitor List

  • Areteem Institute, Zoom International Math League (ZIML) and Hands-on Activities
  • California Baptist University – Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering
  • California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls with Million Women Mentors-California
  • Corona High School, Girls in the Corona STEM Academy
  • County of Riverside Commission for Women
  • Earhart Middle School, Riverside Unified School District, Inspire Her Mind
  • Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council, Empowering Girl Scouts Through STEM
  • Heritage High School, Agricultural Science
  • Heritage High School, Robotics/Engineering
  • Moreno Valley Unified School District, Girls Luv Math
  • NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • Operation SafeHouse
  • Orange County Department of Education, Project STEM presented by California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP) Systems Grant
  • Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG), Inland Empire PECG
  • Rialto Unified School District, Rialto-Integrating Science Mathematics and Related Technologies (R-iSMART)
  • Science Bits
  • University of California, Riverside (UCR), The Society of Women Engineers
  • UCR Bourns College of Engineering, The MESA Program: Empowering Girls and All Students Through STEM
  • University Heights Middle School
  • Riverside Unified School District, Success In Science & Technology: Engagement with Role Models (SISTERS)
  • Vista Verde Middle School, Cross-Curricular STEAM Problem-Based Learning
  • West Valley High School All Girls Robotics
  • Western Center Academy, Mammoth Computer Science GIRLS
  • Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS)