STEM

Tyler Pratt/KCBX News

Many have lamented the disappearance of the arts from public school curriculums. Over the past few decades, there’s been an emphasis on STEM—science, technology, engineering and math. But one local institution encourages turning STEM to STEAM by including the arts.

Behind the scenes with Atascadero's robotics champions

Aug 2, 2017
Courtesy of Team 973

A Central Coast high school robotics team is number one in the country. Atascadero High School's Greybots team won gold at the 2017 championships, held in Houston, Texas. Last week, KQED's John Sepulvado visited the team at their workshop and brings us this report:

Lisa Osborn, KCBX News

Science, technology, engineering and math are all school subjects typically geared toward boys, and represent careers fields dominated by men. But, there’s an effort taking place on the Central Coast to tutor adolescent girls in this so-called ‘STEM’ curriculum. 

Students in the Santa Maria valley will soon be part of math program that uses real word applications to help teach the STEM curriculum.

The three year program pairs local teachers from the Santa Maria-Bonita School District up with the Cal Poly Mathematics department. The two have been working together since 2006.

Kate Reily, a mathematics professor at Cal Poly, says her department is excited for this newest opportunity to work with the school district.