Girls in STEAM

Women and girls in California continue to lag behind their male counterparts in STEAM fields. The Commission partners with the California Department of Education and the CDE Foundation to act as annual co-hosts of the California STEAM Symposium.

2024 California STEAM Symposium


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#CASTEAM24 Call For Proposals Is Now Open!
Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, in partnership with the California Department of Education, and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, invite all STEAM enthusiasts to join us for our 11th annual convening on February 9-10, 2024 in Long Beach, CA. This must-attend STEAM education professional learning event brings together passionate people seeking inspiration, energizing engagements, and the opportunity to collaborate with STEAM education experts.

Every year we see participants from dozens of states and multiple countries. Throughout the event, we will come together to explore high-quality STEAM strategies to cultivate systems that promote life-long learning through inclusive and targeted practices, high-impact techniques, and policies. These approaches promote a sense of belonging and ignite student passion for STEAM learning while also supporting the social-emotional development of our education community. Network with nationally recognized presenters, educators, and partners in #STEAMeducation! Go to by October 4, 2023 to submit your presentation proposal.

Event Details:
California STEAM Symposium: Friday and Saturday, February 9-10, 2024
Location: Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California
Back-To-School Registration Rate: $445 until October 20, 2023. Use the JOINME24 discount code to receive $50 off registration
Co-Hosts: California Department of Education, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, & Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation

The Symposium remains committed to advancing equity in STEAM, and will focus on the following themes during breakout and keynote sessions:

  • You Belong In STEAM:
    Creating conditions to nurture student agency, identity, and inclusion through joyful STEAM learning experiences
  • Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Diverse & Inclusive STEAM Leaders:
    Strengthening the educator workforce

Want to learn more?
Check out this slide deck or drop in for our Call For Proposals Tips and Recommendations office hour (optional) on either:

Monday, August 28th from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm (PT). Register here.
Thursday, September 14th from 3:30-4:30 pm (PT). Register here.

Visit to learn more and register.

The STEAM Symposium is co-hosted annually by the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, the California Department of Education and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. 

Sally Ride famously said once that “You can’t be what you can’t see” and we think about that a lot at the Commission, particularly with regard to representation and building up strong role models for girls.