The Children’s Center at Caltech and Early Childhood Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (ECSTEM), the nation’s leading organization supporting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for your youngest learners (birth to age eight) announced today the panel of national experts that will be speaking at the Fifth Annual ECSTEM Conference to be held at the Pasadena Hilton, Feb. 4 through 6. Registration is now open (www.ECSTEM.org).
The conference begins, Feb. 4 at 5 p.m., with keynote speaker, Dr. Russell Shilling, executive director, STEM, U.S. Department of Education. Joining Dr. Shilling, will be technology experts: Dr. Susan Hackwood, executive director, California Council on Science and Technology; Dr. Chip Donohue, dean of distance learning and continuing education, Erikson Institute Graduate School in Child Development and co-author of NAEYC Technology position statement; Kafi Blumenfield, executive director, Discovery Cube Los Angeles; Peggy Ashbrook, early childhood author and contributor, science and children; and Dr. Carrie Rothstein-Fisch, professor, California State University, Northridge.
This three-day conference, draws more than 500 attendees from 23 states that include educators, home day care providers, school leaders, and local, state, and national STEM policymakers and stakeholders. The conference addresses the challenges facing early childhood. We provide more than 40 workshops showcasing STEM-related curriculum and instruction, and access to business partners, community leaders, and researchers to address the needs of our youngest learners.
Huntington Botanical Gardens, Art Collection, and Library will provide general admission to all conference attendees and will be the site for one of the conference’s fieldtrips, titled Soil, Seeds, and Surprises. The Children’s Center at Caltech will be the second fieldtrip destination, in order to give conference attendees a behind the scene tour and see the state-of-the-art science laboratory designed for young children.
Media tours are available at The Children’s Center at Caltech. To register, exhibit, sponsor, or for more information, visit www.ecstem.org or call (626) 395-6860.