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STEAM Ahead: Resources for Parents and Students

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“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious”, Albert Einstein

How do we prepare all of our children to be successful in a world that is rapidly changing? Many of tomorrow's careers do not exist today. STEAM exposes students to content knowledge, critical thinking and innovation while developing students' interests and skills for future success.

Research shows that student interest in STEM careers starts from early experiences. Eyeballs in the Fridge: Sources of Early Interest in Science, (Tai and Maltese, 2010) reports that the majority of participants reported their interest in science began before middle school.

Parents can engage students by:

  • Visiting museums, zoos, botanical gardens, space centers, etc. Many have free community days and offer programs for students of various ages.
  • Encouraging your child to ask questions. Discover the answers together and explore solutions.
  • Making observations, research interesting phenomena and create science opportunities. Discuss issues around current science research.
  • Involving the family in STEAM projects. Families can grow a garden, build a cardboard castle or explore the night sky. Create a family science notebook to record data and conclusions.
  • Enrolling your child in STEAM programs after school and during the summer.
  • Creating a “Young Makers Club”.
  • Participating in a STEAM Challenge or the Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair. Many organizations are offering students the opportunity to collaborate with peers and solve problems. First Robotics, Technovation and Dupont Challenge are just a few. Sign up for CCCOE's STEAM E-news to discover more competitions as they are available.

Enhance STEM Education by integrating art and design “transforming STEM to STEAM and promoting the intellectual and creative potentials in the process” —Rhode Island School of Design.

Here are tips, resources and information to engage and support children from pre-K to high school as they expand their curiosity in STEAM.


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News and Events

Hour of Code at the Lafayette Library

Do you want to learn computer programming? Join us for one-hour sessions of programming activity throughout the week of December 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8 th (Computer Science Education Week)'s own tutorials feature Minecraft, Star Wars, Disney's Frozen, and more. You can code by yourself or collaborate with a friend or two. Bring your own laptop or tablet if you have one! Participate in an Hour of Code!

Where: Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette,CA 94549

When: December 5th–8th, 3–4 p.m. & 4–5 p.m. Two sessions available each day.

Registration: Register online at
Please register for only one hour per day.

Download the flyer (pdf)

Backyard Mystery
After School Biology Curriculum for Grades 5-7

Backyard Mystery logoBackyard Mystery is curriculum developed by UC Berkeley as part of the STEMwareTM project funded by the National Science Foundation. This middle school curriculum focuses on diseases, pathogens and careers through interactive activities.



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