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Fall 2015 Schedule

  • Monday/Wednesday: 4pm to 6pm
  • Tuesday/Thursday: 4pm to 6pm
  • Saturday I: 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Saturday II: 10am to 2pm

2015 Fall Session 9/28/2015 through 12/12/2015

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From the Blog

Building STEM Skills

The need for STEM skills, science, technology, engineering and math, is well-known. The logical conclusion is that the workforce needs more scientists, engineers and mathematicians. That conclusion is only partially correct. 

Half of all STEM jobs are in other... read more

Upcoming Events

  • EIS Open House: Saturday, May 16, 2015 – 10am to 3pm
  • Summer Break Program: June 15 to August 28, 2015 – 9:30am to 2:30pm/10am to 3pm

Stem Education in California

To be successful, California’s efforts to improve schools and raise student achievement must include advancing our students’ understanding of STEM: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Through STEM education, students learn to become problem solvers, innovators, creators, and collaborators and go on to fill the critical pipeline of engineers, scientists, and innovators so essential to the future of California and the nation. Recognizing both the urgency of the state’s need to improve support for STEM teaching and learning and the unprecedented opportunities emerging from the current renaissance in public education, the STEM Task Force calls upon policy makers, business leaders, philanthropists, educators, and all Californians to take the actions necessary to realize this future vision.

California leads the world in STEM education, inspiring and preparing all of its students to seize the opportunities of the global society through innovation, inquiry, collaboration, and creative problem solving. STEM education includes four specific disciplines—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. But STEM is far more than this and is best viewed in terms of its attributes, which transcend the four disciplines. STEM teaches and trains students to engage in critical thinking, inquiry, problem solving, collaboration, and what is often referred to in engineering as design thinking. These stand out as skills that all students, workers, and Californians will need to be successful in college, career, and life.

As a core requirement for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries, STEM is closely linked with our nation’s economic strength in the global economy. Scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians are largely responsible for creating the products, systems, and services that support our health, security, economic prosperity, and quality of life. To ensure that the nation and, more specifically, California, continue to fill the demand for technically skilled workers and innovators in all fields of work, California must embrace STEM teaching and assessment practices, curriculum, and policies that expand STEM opportunities for all California students.


A Blueprint for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in California Public Education, A Report to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction 2014 Online at: In 2014, Tom Torlakson, California Superintendent of Public Instruction. Read more online at