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, at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, located at the college’s Valencia campus (University Center Drive entrance).
The conference, 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, the college’s assistant superintendent/vice president of instruction, and a variety of guest speakers and presenters discussing topics such as compact fusion, wind panel technology, biodiversity, pollution prevention, and “environmental magic.”
In addition, the event will include an Environmental Science Competition open to local high school students, with those projects scheduled to be on display throughout the event.
The University Center Café will be open during the event with food and beverages available for purchase.
The SCEEC, an initiative of College of the Canyons, 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.
About the Speakers
Paul Cash – Cash is an “eco-magician” who will entertain with his environmental magic show. Featured in National Geographic, Cash uses magic and humor to educate students about the environment, while instilling a sense of social responsibility regarding environmental issues.
Dr. Charles Chase – Chase, who manages Revolutionary Technology Programs for Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, will deliver a presentation on compact fusion and wind panel technology. 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 he was a semifinalist in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge with the project “Bio-Inspired Morphing” 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 – 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.
For more information, follow the link below or call Stephanie Anagnoson at (661) 297-1600, Ext. 231.