Central California STEM Education News

November 2015

Conference encourages STEM career paths for female students
(The Collegian © 11/12/2015)
Female students in grades 6-12 across the Valley attended the Expanding Your Horizons Conference led by STEM Saturday hosted by The Fresno County Office of Education and sponsored by Fresno State’s Downing Planetarium.

May 2015

Clovis Student Wins $10,000 at International Science Fair
(yourcentralvalley.com © 05/18/2015)
The International Science and Engineering Fair was held last week in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where a Clovis student came home with a big prize.

March 2015

Science comes to Highway City's reborn community center in northwest Fresno
(Fresno Bee © 03/10/2015)
Every child’s passion for learning has rescued perhaps the most forlorn neighborhood center in all of Fresno.

Students pit robots against each other at Madera South High
(Fresno Bee © 03/08/2015)
Inside Madera South High School’s gym, a fierce competition Sunday kept supporters cheering from the bleachers, waving pom-poms and shouting chants.

February 2015

Engineering students from UC Merced visit Riverview Elementary School
(Fresno Bee © 02/27/2015)
Students from the University of California, Merced, made a visit to the Riverview Elementary School to help promote interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Fresno Unified Joins National STEM Teacher Initiative
(Fresno Bee © 02/07/2015)
Fresno Unified School District has joined a nationwide initiative aimed at recruiting, training and retaining science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers.

November 2014

Innovative program rethinks high school
(edsource.org © 11/03/2014)
No bells ring at this high school, and you won’t find monitors roaming the halls or restless students asking fitfully for permission to use the restroom.

July 2014

Jobs requiring math, technology skills hard to find, harder to fill in Fresno area
(Fresno Bee © 07/01/2014)
Susan Elrod, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at California State University, Fresno, said that educational institutions need to do a better job of helping students understand the importance of science, math and technology courses to their futures.

June 2014

Tech growth spurs Bitwise expansion in downtown Fresno
(Fresno Bee © 07/01/2014)
Bitwise Industries, the self-described "mother ship" for a growing community of small technology companies in downtown Fresno, will add a second location in early 2015 with much more space for tenants.

April 2014

Edison Computech's model car fastest at National Science Bowl
(The Fresno Bee © 04/27/2014)
A team of middle-school students from Fresno's Edison Computech is a national hot-rod champion -- of sorts.

Fresno's Edison Computech competes in National Science Bowl
(The Fresno Bee © 04/26/2014)
Teams from Fresno's Edison Computech Middle School and 47 other schools across the nation competed Saturday in the National Science Bowl.

New CSU program to push for more STEM graduates
(Central Valley Business Times © 04/11/2014)
[Fresno State] of Science and Math will host two VISTA members while the Fresno State Construction Management Program will take on one.

A bigger Mini Maker Faire settles in at Fresno Art Museum
(The Fresno Bee © 04/09/2014)
Fresno, get ready to meet your Makers. There will be more than 100 of them Saturday at the Fresno Mini Maker Faire, a day filled with science, innovation, amazing craftsmanship, children's events and food and entertainment. 

New UC Merced science and engineering building taking shape
(The Fresno Bee © 04/07/2014)
After about two years of construction, a new building is slated to open this summer at UC Merced, which continues to grow toward the enrollment goal is set for 2020.

March 2014

Fresno County science fair winners honored
(The Fresno Bee © 03/20/2014)
After about two years of construction, a new building is slated to open this summer at UC Merced, which continues to grow toward the enrollment goal is set for 2020.

Students say science and math are fun
(The Kingsburg Recorder © 03/12/2014)
Rafer Johnson Junior High student Mason East had only two words to praise the school’s elective class named MESA or Math, Engineering, Science and Achievement.

Valley teams excel in Madera regional robotics competition
(The Fresno Bee © 03/09/2014)
Robotics teams from Buchanan High in Clovis, Duncan Polytechnical High in Fresno and Madera High were regional finalists in the FIRST Robotics Competition held this weekend in Madera.

High school robotics teams from Valley face off in Madera
(The Fresno Bee © 03/07/2014)
Forty-five high school robotics teams from around the West have converged on Madera South High School for a weekend competition.

Buchanan High School teacher Paul Lake named California High School Educator of the Year
(The Fresno Bee © 03/06/2014)
As a college student, Paul Lake loved physics so much that when he went jogging or driving his car, he saw things like centripetal force and velocity happening, right before his eyes.

January 2014

Common Core Standards Bring Dramatic Changes to Elementary School Math
(EdSource © 01/20/2014)
Teaching elementary school math just got trickier, or at least deeper. The new Common Core State Standards require students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of math concepts, which means teachers will have to change how they teach those concepts too.

Technology hub Bitwise has big goals for downtown Fresno
(The Fresno Bee © 01/12/2014)
As Bitwise Industries prepared to open its doors in a remodeled building at the edge of Fresno's Mural District last summer, workers were scrambling to ready space for up to 10 fledgling tech companies and an upstairs classroom to teach the basics of software coding and website development.

Gates Foundation considers major Common Core grant program in California
(EdSource © 01/8/2014)
Having largely steered clear of making education grants in California over the last half-decade, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is weighing whether to invest substantially in helping California’s teachers successfully put the Common Core standards into practice.

Fresno Unified set to buy almost 15,000 tablets
(The Fresno Bee © 01/8/2014)
Fresno Unified students could get their hands on almost 15,000 tablets this year, following a ramp-up in technology at schools across the state as California districts prepare for new state computerized tests.

Districts adopting Common Core standards
(The Kingsburg Recorder © 01/8/2014)
Students spend an average of seven hours a day, five days a week, studying everything from fractions to Shakespearean literature — but according to Selma Unified School District Superintendent Mark Sutton, education isn’t what it used to be.