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Release No. COC-11.18.15-GreenSTEMSummit-DM
November 18, 2015

College of the Canyons & SCEEC to Host Green STEM Summit Nov. 21

College of the Canyons and the Santa Clarita Environmental Education Consortium (SCEEC) will host the 2015 Green STEM Summit designed to introduce local educators and their students to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, located on the college’s Valencia campus (University Center Drive entrance).

The conference, which is geared toward junior high and high school students, is open to the public and free to attend, but does require a pre-event registration.

The program’s schedule of events will include an introduction from Dr. Jerry Buckley, COC Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Instruction, and a variety of guest speakers and presenters on hand to discuss topics including compact fusion, wind panel technology, biodiversity, pollution prevention, and ‘environmental magic.’

In addition, the event will include an Environmental Science Competition open to SCV high school students, with those projects scheduled to be on display throughout the event.

The University Center Café will be also be open, with attendees able to purchase food and beverages.

The SCEEC is an initiative of College of the Canyons, which operates as a private-public partnership with a mission to promote environmental literacy throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.

It is dedicated to promoting sustainability awareness and practices both on campus and in the community by hosting events and activities that help teachers and learners in the Santa Clarita Valley become more involved with environmental issues.

More About the Speakers

Eco-Magician Paul Cash, will be entertaining attendees with his environmental magic show. Cash, who has been featured in National Geographic, uses magic and humor to educate students on the environment, while instilling a sense of social responsibility regarding environmental issues.

Delivering a presentation on compact fusion and wind panel technology is Dr. Charles Chase who manages the Revolutionary Technology Programs sector of the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works division. The organization’s charter is to create, mature, and transition a broad range of disruptive technologies with significant Lockheed Martin system impact. Most recently, Chase won the Lockheed Martin Innovate the Future contest with his project “Power from Low Speed Wind” and was a semifinalist in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge with the project “Bio-Inspired Morphing” used to eliminate design stagnation. He also presented his organization’s work on compact fusion power and propulsion at the 2013 Google “Solve for <X>” event.

Ileene Anderson is a senior scientist and director of the desert public lands program for the Center for Biological Diversity, which believes that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to the vast diversity of wild animals and plants. The organization works to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. They do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climates that species need to survive. Anderson, whose presentation will be focused on biodiversity, works primarily in Central and Southern California, including the Santa Clara River valley.

For more information about the 2015 Green STEM Summit or to register to attend, please visit​ or contact Stephanie Anagnoson at (661) 297-1600 ext. 231.