August 2017

Ignite Opportunity 4.0 Keynote speaker: Olympia LePoint at TEDx 

Often called "The New Einstein," Olympia LePoint is best known for her role as an award-winning rocket scientist, science entertainer and educator driving to help people overcome fear. As an internationally-recognized science leader, LePoint helped launch NASA's Endeavour, Discovery, Columbia, and Atlantis Space Shuttles. She successfully helped launch 28 Space Shuttle Missions into Space. She won The 2004 Boeing Company Professional Excellence Award, and The 2003 Engineer of the Year "Modern Day Technology Leader" Award.  Mathaphobia: How You Can Overcome Your Math Fears and Become a Rocket Scientist is her debut self-help, educational book designed to empower adults and help students ace STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education.
As CEO of OL Consulting Corporation, LePoint publishes educational books and executive produces Science TV shows.  With her extensive experience as a  math professor, LePoint educates in person and through the media. As a top-five graduate, LePoint holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mathematics, and a Master's of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics from California State University Northridge.  LePoint advises for educational PBS TV programming with Wind Dancer Films, coaches through keynote speeches and workshops, and is as a media personality for TV, Radio, News Publications and Social Media outlets. 

July 2017

SciTrends - STEM Careers

SciTrends shows the various career opportunities in STEM.

June 2017

DoD STEM: Careers in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics

Interested in a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics? Apply for a job with DoD STEM and get a taste for everything from basic research to applied systems. 

If you have always wanted a career in designing robots, engineering airplanes, or crafting inventions and technologies that will change the world, then DoD STEM Laboratories are the right place for you. 

The first people to invent the internet and GPS were once young professionals who had new and highly innovative ideas that were backed by the Department of Defense. DoD STEM does the same for the current generation for inventions in robotics, artificial intelligence, mechanical engineering, and more! 

At the Department of Defense, our people are the military's most enduring advantage. DoD continually seeks to increase development of a representative, world-class STEM talent pool capable of filling our workforce needs and providing continuous access to STEM talent throughout the Nation. 

You don’t have to be a member of the military to work for the DoD as a STEM scientist or engineer. It is a great way to give back to your country and be a part of something bigger. With labs located across the country with innovative, diverse, and creative environments, working for the DoD means being surrounded by intelligent people who are laser focused on forwarding science and technology through innovation.

DoD STEM also provides great benefits for employees obtaining an education. The SMART Scholar program offers the opportunity to be paid a full salary while working part-time and going to school full time -- all of this happening while having a guaranteed job when you finish. We understand that putting education first allows our employees to be their best. 

Watch our videos to see all of the different science, engineering, technology and mathematics jobs and programs available.

For additional information about our STEM education initiatives, please visit

May 2017

Career Girls | Inspiring Girls to Pursue STEM Careers

STEM Career Girls Empowerment Lessons used at GALA Girls Academic Leadership Academy in LA. Liz Hicks, Emilie Hill and Alece Plasencia share teaching with Career Girls Empowerment Lessons.

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April 2017

Pretty Curious - 360° Virtual Reality - STEM Careers of the Future

EDF Energy is using 360° virtual reality immersive experiences to encourage more girls to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. 

Our film showcases the worlds of three successful women working in some of the most in-demand STEM-related industries. Currently, just 1 in 5 people working in core STEM in the UK, is female, this means there is a pool of undiscovered STEM talent – vital in creating a diverse future workforce.

Our 360° virtual reality film will transport you to EDF Energy’s offshore wind farm in Teesside with renewable energy research engineer Claire Canning, to the top of the Shard with structural engineer Roma Agrawal, and to an East London shared workspace where computer coder Claire Mitchell introduces a community of coders that sit behind the tech of daily life.

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Pretty Curious is a long-term programme from EDF Energy to address the critical under-representation of women working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). It aims to demonstrate the breadth of career opportunities available through pursuing science-based subjects at school and provides teenage girls with hands-on and digital STEM experiences.

March 2017

Microsoft's New 'Make What's Next' Ad Shows Girls How to Pursue STEM Careers

    Only 6.7% of women graduate with STEM degrees. When we encourage girls to pursue STEM, we double our potential for innovation. Change the world, stay in STEM. #MakeWhatsNext Learn more at

    February 2017


    SciShow explores the unexpected. Seven days a week, Hank Green, Michael Aranda, and Olivia Gordon delve into the scientific subjects that defy our expectations and make us even more curious! 


    • Sundays - Learn about the amazing topics we can't quite make a stand-alone show about in SciShow List Show! 
    • Mondays - Tune in for a short Dose about our weird world. 
    • Tuesdays - Find answers to our most asked Quick Questions. 
    • Wednesdays - Hank or Michael dives deep into a long-form Infusion episode, or an unscripted talk show or quiz show with a guest!
    • Thursday - Another new dose about the wonders of the world.
    • Fridays - Learn the latest in science News.
    • Saturdays - Get your quick questions answered! 

    Don't forget to check out our sister-channels SciShow Space and SciShow Kids!

    This SciShow video explores that things can go wrong in scientific experiments sometimes, but when it comes to engineering, getting things wrong can be disastrous.

    January 2017


    A 4-day fully-immersive experience for teens 13-18 years old.  Working hands-on with some of today’s most innovative technology — building custom inventions in fun and creative challenges alongside their peers, all in an inspiring and safe environment. - June 6 – 9, 2017

    December 2016


    Originally founded by Shasta COE and the North State STEM Career Day Committee volunteers, made possible by generous donations from community partners, this regional event fosters our business community's support and resources on encouraging North State students to prepare for and pursue career opportunities in STEM fields.  For more info go to:

    November 2016


    More Hour of Code events than ever are being organized for CS EdWeek December 5 - 11. Join the Hour of Code movement at

    October 2016


    7 out of 10 girls are interested in science. Only 2 out of 10 will pursue it as a career. Let’s change that. Through the voices of these girls, we celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History month. We support the bright young women who participated in this project and all girls who share our belief in the empowering nature of science and technology.

    Microsoft is committed to creating opportunities for all youth. DigiGirlz is a Microsoft YouthSpark program that gives girls the opportunity to learn about careers in tech. Learn more about it here:

    See more empowering stories here:

    September 2016

    SEEKING INQUISITIVE FEMALE SUPER HEROES!  Do you have what it takes to discover the secrets of science and technology and to take the magical to the practical? The impossibilities are endless.  Girls between the ages of 15 and 18 are encouraged to apply now to MARVEL STUDIOS' DOCTOR STRANGE: THE MAGIC OF STEM CHALLENGE for a chance to win a trip to the World Premiere of MARVEL STUDIOS' DOCTOR STRANGE, a mentorship with the Walt Disney digital team, $1,000, deposited in a HYS from Synchrony Bank and more.

    August 2016

    One example of how robotics is a great venue for STEM education.

    July 2016

    Learn how science, technology, engineering and math education generates long-term American economic benefits.

    June 2016

    Celebrating women inventors, how they’ve changed the world, and are inspiring the next generation. 

    May 2016

    3 reasons you might want to consider trade school programs as an alternative to colleges/universities.

    April 2016

    Easter STEM Experiment.  Just for fun.  :-)  Enjoy!

    March 2016

    The STEM thinking behind bad ideas.  Find more at 

    February 2016

    The Importance of STEM in K-12 Education

    The video also refers to MEA's (Model Eliciting Activities).  MEAs are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in these realistic activities. MEAs resemble engineering problems because students work in teams to apply their knowledge of science and mathematics to solve an open-ended problem, while considering constraints and tradeoffs and clearly documenting their thought process. The MEAs found in this collection include MEA-specific sections for the problem statements and data in addition to containing components for a lesson plan, such as learning objectives and assessment.

    January 2016


    The President discusses his plan to give all students across the country the chance to learn computer science (CS) in school.  The President noted that our economy is rapidly shifting, and that educators and business leaders are increasingly recognizing that CS is a “new basic” skill necessary for economic opportunity. The President referenced his Computer Science for All Initiative, which provides $4 billion in funding for states and $100 million directly for districts in his upcoming budget; and invests more than $135 million beginning this year by the National Science Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service to support and train CS teachers.  The President called on even more Governors, Mayors, education leaders, CEOs, philanthropists, creative media and technology professionals, and others to get involved in the efforts.  Click here for more details.

    DecEmber 2015

    Northstate Secondary STEM Partnership 

    • The Northstate Secondary STEM Partnership (NSSP) Project is a Cohort 10 partnership funded by the California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP) program through the California Department of Education. 
    • NSSP includes a target of 60 participating mathematics and science teachers in grades 6 to 12 from thirty partner districts. 
    • The lead for this partnership is the Shasta County Office of Education, which is partnering with faculty members from the Shasta College, College of the Siskiyous and CSU, Chico. 
    • NSSP believes the purpose of STEM education is to help students learn math and science as relevant, stimulating, and overlapping disciplines through providing real-world learning opportunities that develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills. 
    • NSSP focuses on both the primary content areas of math and science, and on the secondary content area of technology & engineering.
    • NSSP teachers participate in an annual 30-hour summer academy that focuses on pedagogical and content training with five additional 6-hour intensives sessions during the school year focused on training in STEM integrated lesson plans and units of instruction. 
    • The 24 hours of classroom follow-up consists of providing teachers in their groups and individually with the time and support they need to prepare and test their STEM integrated lesson plans, while utilizing peer feedback to consistently improve the materials they are developing and increase the effectiveness of their instructional practices. 
    • NSSP teachers engage in a staggered, pre-lesson, post-STEM lesson and return to their group with feedback and student responses in post-lesson sessions. The STEM integrated lesson plans, organized into STEM modules and curricula, are available on the project’s website.

    NOVEMBER 2015

    North State STEM STEM Career Day 2.0 took place on October 23, 2015 at the Shasta District Fairgrounds.  There were over 1000 9th graders from 25 northern CA high schools.  

    It is the goal of the STEM Career Day committee to provide an opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to foster awareness of career opportunities in STEM-related fields and to dive into hands-on, “minds-on” STEM activities.  For businesses and organizations, STEM focused career day also provides an ideal setting for local industry leaders to network, engage attendees in discussion, expose students to the different STEM related careers and vocations, and learn more about the latest STEM initiatives throughout Shasta County and beyond.

    October 2015

    From screenless displays to wireless electricity, take a look at 10 future technologies that will change the world.

    September 2015

    North State STEM STEM Career Day will be October 23, 2015 at the Shasta District Fairgrounds.

    It is the goal of the STEM Career Day committee to provide an opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to foster awareness of career opportunities in STEM-related fields and to dive into hands-on, “minds-on” STEM activities.  For businesses and organizations, STEM focused career day also provides an ideal setting for local industry leaders to network, engage attendees in discussion, expose students to the different STEM related careers and vocations, and learn more about the latest STEM initiatives throughout Shasta County and beyond.

    Originally founded by Shasta COE and the North State STEM Career Day Committee volunteers, made possible by generous donations from community partners, this regional event fosters our business community's support and resources on encouraging North State students to prepare for and pursue career opportunities in STEM fields.  This annual "Ignite Opportunity" is a one-day event. In the 2014/15 school year Redding’s Civic Auditorium hosted close to 700 9th grade students on Friday, January 30th, 2015.  The Shasta Fairgrounds will host the 2015/16 event that will be open to 9th grade students from Shasta, Trinity, Siskiyou, Modoc, Lassen and Tehama counties. Regardless of their specific interests, your students will benefit from this action packed day of:

    • Dynamic, engaging presentations from professionals working in STEM fields in the North State
    • Real-world anecdotes and advice about the educational paths to STEM career opportunities in our area and beyond
    • Direct access to and interaction with local professionals and college students
    • Challenging STEM activities fostering collaboration and engineering practices
    • Tools to help them plan and prepare for work, post-secondary education and more!

    June 2015

    This looks like a great season of Battlebots.  If nothing else, this should inspire those that love to tinker in the world of robotics.  BattleBots is the ultimate competition of genius innovators, passionate builders, and oh yeah… fighting robots! 

    May 2015

    A fun video that shows STEM in the world around us.  Enjoy!  Happy May!

    APRIL 2015

    WWW.STEMJOBS.COM/videostars contest is rolling.

    We're on the hunt for our next video blogger and it could be you! Do you love YouTube? Interested in film and video? Then you could be the next VIRAL web sensation all while being the face of STEM! You'll also win some pretty cool prizes, too!

    Create a 2 to 4 minute video showing what you love that involves science, technology, engineering, and math. Let us know what STEM means to you like these students, or conduct an experiment like this guy. You can even talk about sports, cars, fashion, or more! Just be creative and have fun!

    Upload your video below or submit your video using the hashtag#STEMVideoStar via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Voting ends May 8, 2015. The video with the most votes wins!

    MARCH 2015

    WWW.BLOWMINDS.ORG is all about inspiring Young People to pursue an career as a STEM Teacher.

    The most obvious and impactful way somebody can help is to actually become a STEM teacher. But maybe you already are a teacher. Or maybe you like your job but still believe in this mission now you wanna take this to the next level.

    Whatever it may be, the least you can do is share this site, our animation, and anything else you find interesting, funny, or worthy of your precious social platforms. The wider our net, the more likely we are to reach those prospective teachers.

    In addition to broadcast-style circulation, we’re asking people to do one more thing not normally part of the digital sharing experience: Think. Hard. About who you know that this campaign might speak to. A friend, a niece, a neighbor, the weirdo reading this over your shoulder.

    If you know someone who has studied STEM—who knows firsthand how mind-blowing those subjects can be—and they’re maybe curious about what to do with their degree, direct them to this site. The future will thank you. Because time travel.

    Blow minds. Teach STEM. Read about-pages.

    visit for more This video is part of a co-funded campaign to inspire math, science, tech, and engineering undergraduates and recent graduates to consider a career in teaching. The United States hasn't exactly been the sharpest bulb in the knife shed when it comes to international rankings in math and science.


    FEBRUARY 2015


    This is a television spot that Brogan & Partners created for the National Defense Education Partnership to increase awareness of STEM and the importance in science, technology, engineering and math education because the jobs of the future will be in these areas. 

    STEM is the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Coalition. STEM works to raise awareness in Congress, the Administration, and other organizations about the critical role that STEM education plays.


    JANUARY 2015

    STEM Education Motivational Video

    STEM is a nationwide initiative aimed at better equipping kids for the future. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. But STEM is more than just an acronym, its a step forward. In today's society, United States companies are forced to outsource high level jobs because Americans aren't qualified. STEM is trying to fix this problem by getting kids involved in these fields in early education.


    DECEMBER 2014

    STEMbites - YouTube channel

    Your home for bite-size math and science lessons from everyday life. These engaging educational videos are filmed from a first-person perspective through Google Glass.  We're totally surrounded by math and science - it's everywhere we look. The trick is knowing how to see it. Join Andrew Vanden Heuvel as we discover just how extraordinary the ordinary can be. 


    NOVEMBEr 2014


    He will again speak to educators at the CSTA's California Science Education Conference October 2-4, 2015 in Sacramento.

    North State STEM educators can share the passion of this presentation with colleagues, students, and communities to illustrate the potential of every child in California. The video is a beautiful reminder of how precious every child is and that we have no way of knowing who or what they will be as we give them the gift of education to cultivate their potential. 

    Here's to all of you who give that tremendous gift of education every day.