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
  • 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: 
If you are aware of other opportunities, email them to us at

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