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Media Advisory - Mt. Diablo Unified School District and East Bay CUE Host 2017 STEM & EdTech Symposium
Posted 2/24/17


Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / / mobile: (760) 705-6919
Mt. Diablo Unified School District and East Bay CUE Host 2017 STEM & EdTech Symposium

Event will provide professional development for teachers, administrators and Special Education staff, plus hands-on activities with robots, laser cutters and the latest educational technology


WHAT:  2nd Annual MDUSD and East Bay CUE STEM & EdTech Symposium


WHEN:  Saturday, February 25, 2017, 8am-4pm
WHERE:  Valley View Middle School, 181 Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill


Nearly 450 teachers and administrators from the Mt. Diablo Unified School District and surrounding areas will gather to learn, share, collaborate, and play with new educational technology at the 2nd Annual MDUSD & East Bay CUE(Computer Using Educators) STEM & EdTech Symposium, sponsored by the Tesoro Foundation. STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math, is a critical instructional focus for MDUSD in order to help students develop capabilities to succeed in an increasingly scientific and technological society.

The purposes of the Symposium are to:
• Build collaboration and communication between staff members of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District and its neighboring schools/school districts in the areas of STEM and education technology integration
• Provide STEM and EdTech thinking and problem-solving professional development for teachers, administrations and Special Education staff
• Introduce and share resources from and between educators and other professionals who are using them now
• Provide professional development that is fun, with hands-on and integrated activities

The symposium will open at 9am with keynote speaker, Nick Zefeldt, Instructional Technology Coordinator at the Contra Costa County Office of Education and a former Teacher of the Year 2013.

Teachers and administrators will have options to attend classes on digital learning with Seesaw, coding with Scratch, creating virtual fieldtrips, teaching with Spheros, gamification, and digital storytelling among others.

Besides classes focused on technology, attendees will also be able to attend classes on technology for students with special needs, design thinking, digitizing lesson plans and using blended learning. The symposium will also feature Tesoro’s STEM Lending Library where teachers can try out the latest technology teaching tools such as Ozobots, Raspberry Pi’s and laser cutters before using them in their classes.

Valley View Middle School’s Mouse Squad students will be present to guide and assist as needed. Students from College Park High School’s FIRST Robotics team will be standing by to show off fun tools as well, and will be showing off their newly-built robot before it goes to competition.


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Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We are proud of our award-winning staff and extensive honors and recognitions for our innovative programs in Career Technical Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is also pleased to have launched its first middle college program, College Now, and is planning to open its first International Baccalaureate program in 2017.  Extensive student support services help ensure an inclusive culture of excellence and achievement for all students to help them prepare for success in college, career, and life. Learn more at