Los Angeles Wins Bid For 4th International Festival Of Science, Technology, Engineering And Mathematics 2017.
The Global STEM States has today announced that Los Angeles has secured the rights to host the 4th International Festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEMfest) in 2017.
This festival of up to 13 conferences and 15 community events will see delegations from an estimated 55 countries participate.
The rights to host the event were secured following a competitive international bid process which was led by Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board on behalf of the city.
S.T.E.M. refers to the cross curricula education practice that integrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), as well as frequently including the arts in many activities to go under the acronym STEAM.
The International STEMfest is a festival of conferences and events which take place over one week, all aimed at exploring ways in which education can be better aligned to a state’s future skills needs and economic development targets.
“The 2017 International STEMfest will bring the world’s STEM community to California for just over a week, and will allow for transnational collaboration on STEM projects that impact us all such as climate change, food security, trade, defence and more “ says David Goncalves, Executive Director of the Australian headquartered Global STEM States, a not-for-profit international association. David continues, ”The biggest impacts of the International STEMfest are that it brings the varying STEM groups from within a city together, to allow them to focus on one project, and also to talk with the international community and establish global partnerships which flow on to research, trade and more. The event is not intended to create something new, but rather look at everyone’s existing projects and allow them to use the event to come together and take their projects forward a step into the international community”.
The International STEMfest is held in a different destination each year, with the inaugural event held in Malaysia in 2013. This event saw over 1200 delegates from 55 countries visit the destination and led to many legacies, including the eventual introduction of a national STEM Curriculum, and included high profile people from Ministers of Education to leaders in industry, including US companies such as Boeing and Microsoft. The next event will be in Canada in 2015, followed by Australia in 2016.
During the International STEMfest 2017 in Los Angeles a series of up to 15 conferences will take place from different industries and sectors, such as education, renewable energy, safety, space research, biotechnology and others. Each conference will explore their role in STEM and “Skilling a Nation’s Future” and will contribute to what will be known as theInternational STEMfest 2017 Declaration on STEM Education, Innovation and Alignment with Industry Needs. In addition, each conference will have tangible outcomes which are directly aligned to both the city and State’s strategic plans.
Whilst the city’s educational and professional communities attend conferences, students and the public will be invited to participate in a wide range of community events, including the STEMfest GameJam, the Ride2Learn Around the World By Cycle Adventure which welcomes 2 science teachers who are riding around the world on bicycles, and the STEMfest Engagement with Schools Day which will see international speakers visit local schools to provide internationally focussed STEM activities, including fun and educational sessions for students from grades 3 to 12. The event covers everything from astronomy Over 1,500 delegates are expected to attend and tens of thousands of students and educators will view the event through webcasting in Asia and beyond.
The event has included directors from international organisations such as UNESCO and the South East Asian Ministers of Education Organisation who visit the city during this time, the event will also see a careers day open up for students interested in exploring the careers of the future.
A delegation of International Association Presidents from around the world have been in Los Angeles meeting with local representatives.
Planning for STEMfest 2017 is just commencing. Anyone interested in participating is most welcome as part of the local organising committee and can contact Global STEM States at [email protected]
Individual membership in Global STEM States is free and anyone can join the mailing list to stay up to date on the many free events taking place across the city during the festival. Educators are invited to present papers at the various conferences that will take place as part of this International STEM Festival, and companies and organisations interested in exhibiting or supporting the event can contact the STEMfest committee for a prospectus at [email protected]