Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fourth Annual CA Statewide Project Lead The Way Conference

Sponsored by Chevron

California PLTW - Stepping stones to building career pathways for students!

This two-day conference will provide attendees an opportunity to learn about the latest updates for PLTW and connect with PLTW teachers, counselors, administrators, and business and industry supporters from throughout the state of California.

This year’s conference program will include information regarding the PLTW elementary LAUNCH, middle school GATEWAY, high school BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE, ENGINEERING and COMPUTER SCIENCE pathways/curriculums, as well as updates and best practices. Curricular connections with the Common Core State Standards, College and Career Readiness, and Next Generation Science Standards will also be a part of this exciting program!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Seasons Greetings!


I hope each of you had a great Thanksgiving spending time with family, friends and loved ones!  We are in the midst of the winter holiday season, and there are some great opportunities for you and your students as you wrap-up 2014!

Please review the latest updates related to PLTW and STEM activities in our region under 'STEM Resources'.  This includes:
  • Fourth Annual PLTW State Conference
  • PLTW Regional Meetups
  • BGC Bay Area Chapter Presents: Robot Expo! SAT DEC 13
  • Free STEM Classes: Early Mathematics Workshop Series
  • VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) Team Grants from Chevron
  • Brothers Code Tech Event (Saturday, December 13)
  • And much more…
Until then, enjoy this last month of instruction in 2014 and this CAD drawing of an engineered Christmas!

Monday, October 27, 2014

BEST, BASF, and Small Groups!

Greetings, PLTW Teachers, Administrators, and Supporters! This week has opportunities for you to BEST, BASF and join a small group!
  • BEST (Business and Educators Shadowing for Tomorrow) Day is Wednesday, October 29 for Diablo Delta Corridor Project’s Linked Learning high school career pathway teachers at Antioch, Mt. Diablo and Pittsburg Unified School Districts. 
  • Also the Bay Area Science Festival is this Saturday, November 1st! If you were meaning to register and let the deadline slip you by, please register online by Tuesday, October 28 at 9 a.m.! Thank you to all the schools who have registered to participate: 
Helms Middle School
West Oakland Middle School 
Dublin High School
Mount Diablo High School 
California High School
Riverview Middle School 

Be sure to check out the STEM Resources tab for updates!  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bay Area of Opportunity

We live in the Bay Area of Opportunity!  The This weekend, there are a couple of activities taking place around STEM for you and your students.
  • BESSA - A Stand for Education is this Saturday at 8:30am - 4:00pm, Bechtel Engineering Center, UC Berkeley campus! The one-day program includes workshops and experiments for students K-12. Find out more information at https://www.facebook.com/events/1496180173962373/
  • Haas Technical Education Centers (HTEC) & De Anza College invite you to the annual Northern California manufacturing conference - Advanced Manufacturing Technologies: Educating our Students to Meet Employer Needs this Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at De Anza College (Cupertino, CA).  Please register (free) at: http://tinyurl.com/NorCalHTEC2014 
If you are aware of other opportunities, email them to us at tegrantconsulting@gmail.com

Friday, October 3, 2014

My Love for Manufacturing

What do I love most about STEM? Manufacturing!

Why? Growing up my father was a maintenance engineer for AlliedSignal.  He was the one they called and wanted to be close in case issues occurred on the manufacturing line. He would come home and share how he would assess and address the issues faced in the world of manufacturing. His love for manufacturing became my love for manufacturing.

October 3rd is Manufacturing Day, and it addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry. For more information, visit http://www.mfgday.com/.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Overwhelming Response...

All we can say is Wow!  We received an overwhelming response for Monday evening's East Bay Regional PLTW Engineering Partnership Dinner & Dialogue (Mon, Sept 29)! Meeting registration is now closed. If you were not able to RSVP for this event, fret not.  There will be more convenings in the 2014-15 academic year.  Stay connected to this online blog for more information.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Off To A Great Start!

Hello PLTW Engineering East Bay!

Many of you I have chatted with via phone, via email, or even seen in person. I can already tell this is going to be an exciting year filled with new STEM-focused opportunities for our students and for your teacher professional development. 

If you haven't done so, please RSVP yourself and your PLTW team for our September 29 Dinner and Dialogue. April and I are in the process of finalizing the agenda, and each participant will leave at 7PM equipped, encouraged, and motivated to take your PLTW program to the next level.  RSVP today and let us know if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Happy New School Year, PLTW East Bay!

My name is Tiffany E. Grant, and along with April Treece of the STEW Workforce Initiative of the Contra Costa Economic Partnership (CCEP), we focus on creating pathways in public education institutions to increase the workforce pipeline into STEM-related careers. PLTW partners with CCEP in the East Bay in forming dynamic partnerships with schools and businesses in Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties to increase the number and diversity of students achieving success in the STEM fields. 

Click Get Connected! to do just that!  We are ready for an exciting year in the East Bay region!