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I Am A Scientist

Despite being home to two of the largest life science clusters in the world, California’s mathematics and sciences programs continue to lag behind other states, ranking 43rdin the category. As the life sciences continue to grow in California, the state will need more diverse and educated workers in order to fill high-paying jobs; STEM education will have to become stronger in order for these roles to be fulfilled.

In I Am A Scientist, Tom Torlakson (Superintendent of Public Instruction), the Department of Education, The California Endowment, California Biotechnology Foundation, and Lybba connect what a solid STEM education can do for expanding students’ future career paths. The film follows student from Promise Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles at a biohackathon, an event that enables students to work with biomedical lab equipment in a hands-on setting. “[At the biohackathon] I was inspired by [the students’] imagination and wonderment…these students are genuinely passionate about pursuing careers in science, medicine, research,” said Jesse Dylan, founder of Wondros and Lybba.
The film hopes to not only show the impact that STEM education has on future career paths, but also hopes to inspire students to consider the life science field as well. “We want to help students find their passion and to get a sense for what’s possible in the future,” said B. Kathlyn Mead, the EVP and COO of the California Endowment. Given STEM education’s track record, this seems likely. Marlena Jackson, founder of NexGeneGirls, an afterschool program that introduces girls to science and technology, has seen her students place themselves on track to becoming scientists, engineers, and lab technicians just after some exposure to science.
I Am A Scientist is now showing and is due to be screened at several high schools throughout the state in order to open students’ eyes about a possible career path in the sciences.

Here at Project Tomorrow our mission is to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. We believe that by supporting the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools and communities, students will develop the critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century. Each year we hold our Leading the Way: Youth Leadership Summit for Math and Science for local High School students in Orange County, CA. This free half-day event includes a student presentation of OC business trends, panel discussions from industry leaders and a diverse group of engineers, tabletop exhibits to introduce students to local STEM career opportunities and college programs, and breakout sessions led by business and education leaders throughout the region. Opportunities like these are just what students need to get exposure to these types of careers!

To learn more about how you, your company or students can get involved with next year’s 2014 Leading the Way Youth Leadership Summit please visit our website at: http://www.tomorrow.org/programs/youthLeadershipSummit.html

Click here to read the full article, “New Flim Inspites Youth to Find Passion in STEM Education and Discover Science-Based Career Opportunities”.

Also please be sure to contribute to the national dialog about science, technology & preparing students for the 21st century workforce through Speak Up! This year we are asking students, parents and community members to share the types of college and workplace skills that they think students should be learning in school to be successful in the future, what is needed to acquire those skills as well as student’s overall STEM career interest and how they would like to learn about future careers.

To participate in Speak Up go to www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013, surveys are available to students, educators, parents and community members.

Thanks for reading! And please be sure to tell us your thoughts on this interesting article below in our comment section!


Written by Lisa Chu, Project Tomorrow Fall Intern

Leading the Way 4th Annual Youth Leadership Summit for Math & Science

2013 Summit At-A-Glance


200
Student & Parent Participants

37
High Schools

21
Career Professionals

8
Local Colleges

14
STEM Fields
Engineering, Gaming Technology, Zoology, Entertainment, Surgery, Energy, Transportation, Nursing, STEM Teaching, Law, Financial Literacy, Accounting, Earth & Environmental Sciences Studies, Nonprofit Management

23
Raffle Prizes

20
Hard-Working Volunteers
On October 19th, 2013, Project Tomorrow held its fourth annual Leading the Way: Youth Leadership Summit for Math and Science, at Edwards Lifesciences Worldwide Headquarters in Irvine, California. With over 200 students, parents, and community leaders in attendance, the event provided an opportunity for students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and to learn about how math and science proficiency is increasingly a critical skill for current and future jobs.
This conference-style event kicked off with a student presentation of OC business trends, followed by a panel discussion from industry leaders. Students then attended career-specific breakout sessions of their choice led by local business and education leaders, a panel discussion featuring a diverse group of engineers, and tabletop exhibits introducing attendees to local STEM college programs. This free, half-day event included continental breakfast and a networking lunch and concluded with a student raffle featuring gifts from local businesses.
 Project Tomorrow would like to extend a very special thank you to all of our guest speakers, volunteers, local colleges, sponsors, and partners for their time and generous contributions, without which this influential event would not be possible.
Testimonials
• Future Molecular Biologist, Senior, Trabuco Hills High School (Mission Viejo)
“It was interesting to talk to experts in their fields and gain information about skills needed from employers.”
• Future Pharmacist, Junior, Saddleback High School (Santa Ana)
“I think that this Summit was definitely beneficial. I loved getting the opportunity to network with like-minded people in the career of my choice.”
• Future Environmental Scientist, Junior, Santa Ana High School (Santa Ana)
“This event was fun, interactive, and gave insightful information about colleges and careers.“
• Future Computer Engineer, Sophomore, Aliso Niguel High School (Aliso Viejo)
“I thought today’s experience was really cool because I learned that I definitely want to be an engineer.”
• Undecided, Freshman, Edison High School (Huntington Beach)
“I was really happy with the experience and it really opened up my mind to new ideas and careers I may want to consider.”
• Future Mathematics Teacher, Senior, Brea Olinda High School (Brea)
“The Youth Leadership Summit was very interesting, and was a great experience. Thank you to all the sponsors.“

Summit Moderator
Julie Evans
CEO, Project Tomorrow

“…Our most successful Summit yet! This premier STEM event allowed students to understand the depth and breadth of the types of jobs and careers that depend upon math and science…preparing them to be tomorrow’s leaders and innovators.”

Thanks to our 2013 Summit sponsors…
…and contributors…
Adventure City
Angel’s Baseball
Aquarium of the Pacific
Bagels & Brew, Inc.
BCU (servicing Edwards Lifesciences)
Bowers Museum
Discovery Science Center
In-N-Out Burger
Knott’s Berry Farm
Luna Grill
Microsoft
Oakley
Princeton Review
San Diego Zoo Global
Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park
Stonefire Grill

To learn more about how to get involved with next year’s 2014 Leading the Way Youth Leadership Summit please visit our website at: http://www.tomorrow.org/programs/youthLeadershipSummit.html
Also please be sure to contribute to the national dialog about science, technology & preparing students for the 21st century workforce through Speak Up! This year we are asking students, parents and community members to share the types of college and workplace skills that they think students should be learning in school to be sucessful in the future, what is needed to acuire those skills as well as student’s overall STEM career interest. 

To participate in Speak Up go to www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013, surveys are available to students, educators, parents and community members.  

Thanks for reading!

-The Project Tomorrow Team