Monday, May 25, 2015

Career Readiness : New STEM Opportunities in Alameda

Alameda’s New Billion Dollar Company - Wrightspeed 

Wrightspeed is a powertrain company built on a tradition of quality systems engineering. Its powertrains are the next step in the evolution of vehicle propulsion. Wrightspeed’s engineering team has particular strengths in control systems, high-reliability software, and high-power analog electronics. Wrightspeed holds most of the IP for its powertrains, including patented-pending controls, 200 kW inverter, 41 kg 250 hp electric motor, two speed gear box with clutch-less shifting, battery pack, battery management system, and LCD user interface. 
Q8: When it comes to recruiting what kind of standards or requirements are you looking for? Are you looking for welders? Are you looking for all engineers? What’s going to be the spin out for your employee recruitment? 
Ian Wright: “Oh, it’s going to be everything you can imagine. Right now, we’re looking for people with manufacturing experience. Supply chain people. Manufacturing engineers. Then there’s technicians for assembly and test. We do have one fabricator that does welding for prototype development work. And we probably need another tech right now with more techs later. But we’ll need a lot more engineers as well. Test engineers. Mechanical engineers.”
Read the complete interview here

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Honoring Our Teachers: KRON 4’s Teacher of the Week

KRON 4 is proud to recognize a “Teacher of The Week.” Click here to tell us why your favorite teacher should be nominated and he or she may have the chance to be recognized on KRON4 TV as the “Teacher of The Week.” Nominations are limited to Kindergarten through 12th grade. Show your support today!  Click here to nominate! 

Monday, May 11, 2015

ELA + STEM = Developing Literacy with Math and Science

I recently came across a 2013 article that is still relevant to the state of literacy in STEM for many of our schools and students.

"ELA + STEM = Developing Literacy with Math and Science" talked about just that. 

  • Ways to develop a student's literacy skills 
  • Strong need for STEM teachers to partner with their English colleagues to incorporate relevant reading and writing into their classroom activities
  • How to blend the learning
Take a moment and read this article at Also this summer, Barnes and Noble is kicking off a summer reading program for kids with many perks! Learn how your child can earn a free book by clicking

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

“A teacher affects eternity; she/he can never tell where her/his influence stops.” 

– Henry Adams

CCEP STEM Summer Camps for Teachers and Students


The CCEP STEM Initiative's goal is to provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) summer enrichment opportunities for high school students and teachers.The STEM summer camps offer the opportunity to explore theory and practice in week-long experiences that blend hands-on exploration, field visits to industry workplaces, problem-solving and presentations by experts, combined with college campus exposure and college credit.

More than 85 industry partners participate in the four summer work-based learning camp experiences the STEM Initiative provides. These include:

  1. Engineering, Construction & Manufacturing Camp @ Diablo Valley College; June 15-19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  2. BioTech Summer Science Camp @ CSU-East Bay Concord Campus; July 6-10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  3. Solar Science Academy @ CSU-East Bay Concord, July 13-17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (BY TEACHER INVITATION ONLY.)
  4. Environmental Sciences Summer Camp @ CSU-East Bay Concord, July 27-31 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information about the summer camps and to register, please visit  If you have questions, please contact the associated camp manager as listed on each camp page. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

STEM in Higher Education: Examining Why the "M" (Mathematics) Matters

From grade school to grad school STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is a hot topic in education. According to the Department of Commerce, STEM-related jobs are expected to grow by 17 percent by 2018, whereas non-STEM related jobs are only expected to grow by 9.8 percent. The Department of Commerce also states that those with STEM-related degrees earn more money than those with non-STEM related degrees, even if they work in a non-scientific field. But, currently only one-third of college degrees earned are in STEM fields, and the numbers are even lower for women and minorities. In this month's interview we talk with Dr. Mary Gray of American University about the importance of STEM education, what sorts of jobs those with STEM related degrees are taking, and how to attract more women and minorities to the field.