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.

2021 California STEAM Symposium


The 9th annual California STEAM Symposium took place October 21-23, 2021, bringing together passionate people seeking inspiration, energizing engagements, and the opportunity to collaborate with STEAM education experts to expand STEAM learning opportunities for everyone in California. The STEAM Symposium is co-hosted 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. This year we were so excited that ALL FOUR of the keynote speakers were women. CCSWG staff was also given an opportunity to speak one-on-one with keynoter Dr. Moogega “Moo” Cooper,  a real life “Guardian of the Galaxy,” who holds the awesome responsibility of keeping the planet Mars safe from any of the Earth’s contaminants.  

The symposium equips attendees with actionable strategies they can implement in their districts, schools and communities. We look forward to seeing you next year!


Click here to view previous STEAM Symposium, Town Halls, and resources.

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As a #CASTEAM21 participant, you can expect to:

  • Have The Uplifting & Positive Experience That You Deserve! Our goal: Develop and Sustain a Diverse STEAM Teaching Workforce
  • Engage With Our Amazing Network! Our goal: Embolden STEAM Communities
  • Focus On Best Practices For Every Learning Environment & Every Student! Our goals: Increase STEAM Equity & Share The Joy of Learning