USD Brings Community Together to Focus on STEAM

Students, families, teachers, community leaders invited to attend

SAN DIEGO: University of San Diego’s (USD) School of Education and Leadership Sciences (SOLES) will host the second annual STEAM Youth and Community Conference on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 from 9:00am-2:00pm. STEAM is science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.


The conference brings together students, families, educators and leaders to provide new pathways for youth to ignite, develop and pursue their STEAM interests, while simultaneously elevating STEAM literacy, awareness and nurturing the potential of the community.

Preparing students to become the STEAM literate citizens of tomorrow is a community effort that starts with parents and family members, and extends to include contributions from educators in K-12 schools, community colleges and universities; religious and other community  leaders; and members from the from the local business industry.


“The STEAM Youth and Community Conference is an opportunity for the Linda Vista and San Diego community to learn and engage in all things STEAM”, explains Joi Spencer, PhD and one of the lead faculty of the conference. “The Conference is hands-on as well as informational. Faculty and students from across the USD campus share their expertise in workshops ranging from robotics to genetics to preparing young people for majors and careers in STEM. The conference is free because we want everyone across our community to have access to these rich opportunities. We want the next generation of STEAM professionals and leaders to reflect the rich diversity of our city and nation.”


The STEAM Youth and Community Conference is run by a team of three University of San Diego faculty; Spencer, associate dean and associate professor at SOLES, Perla Myers, PhD, associate dean and mathematics professor, and Odesma Dalrymple, PhD, assistant professor of engineering, are accomplished educators with expertise in STEAM instruction across the K-16 pipeline. In addition to providing the conceptual development of the STEAM Team Summer Academy, they also serve as lead instructors for the engineering and mathematics learning experiences for the STEAM Team Summer Academy. The faculty coordinate all aspects of the Academy including the selection, hiring and supervision of instructors and student-assistants, and the coordination of the camp schedule and activities.


Attendance is free and open to all members of the community. Presentations will be given in English and in Spanish. Lunch will be provided.


To learn more or to register for the conference, please visit

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.