USD Conference to Power Students' STEAM Success

More than 200 parents and other community members who want children to succeed in science and technology careers are expected to attend a free University of San Diego conference on Saturday, Aug. 13. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the USD campus in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall on the west end of campus. 

The conference will include workshops and games providing practical tools for parents anstice)d educators, a career panel, resource directory, and a showcase of student work.

The conference is focused on incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), to make learning more integrated and applicable to real-world scenarios. Presentations will be given in both English and Spanish.

“Preparing students to become the STEAM literate citizens of tomorrow is a community effort that starts with parents and family members, and extends to K-12 schools and educators, colleges and universities, and members of the civic, business and faith communities,” said Odesma Dalrymple, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering in USD’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. “Engaging the entire community to support this effort is crucial.”

USD’s College of Arts and Sciences and School of Leadership and Education Sciences are also co-sponsors of the conference.

Organizers hope the inaugural STEAM Youth and Community Conference will encourage more students, including female students and members of underrepresented groups, to consider careers in the sciences.

According to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, there are more than half a million unfilled jobs in the information technology sector across the country alone, and that by 2018 there could be 2.4 million unfilled STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) jobs. Women and students of color currently comprise 70 percent of college students but fewer than 45 percent of science and technology degrees, representing a largely untapped talent pool.

“We hope this conference can demystify STEAM and help parents realize these concepts are easy to comprehend, exciting and fun,” Dalrymple said.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.