Science-related professionals to be featured at CCA career presentation night in Carmel Valley

A career presentation night, “The STEM experience at CCA,” will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Proscenium Theater at Canyon Crest Academy. This event, led by science teacher Ed Gerstin, will provide students and community members with the opportunity to learn about careers that are related to science, technology, engineering, and/or math (STEM).

The award-winning CCA Robotics teams will set-up a demonstration in the lobby of the theater before the presentations. Those attending will be able to drive the robots, ask questions and learn what the program is about.

Professionals from the San Diego STEM community will share their life course, education and the passion that led them to pursue careers in their fields. Included in this dynamic lineup of speakers are Suara Naderi, a Qualcomm career development specialist and previous TEDx presenter; Charles Cantor, Ph.D., founder and retired chief scientific officer at SEQUENOM Inc., a genetics discovery company with tools, information and strategies for determining the medical impact of genes and genetic variations; Claire M. Gelfman, Ph.D., director of preclinical services at Ora Inc., an ophthalmic contract research organization and product development firm; and Joel Barkin of the Ocean Discovery Institute, an organization that uses science exploration to engage urban and diverse young people in three ways: education, scientific research and environmental stewardship.

Eric Chen (grand prize winner of both the Google Science Fair and the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology) and Catherine Wu (gold medal winner of the 24th Biology International Olympiad) will share their STEM interests, accomplishments and projected career trajectories.

This third annual event is a great way for students to explore all kinds of STEM careers. CCA students, families, friends, and members of the community are invited to attend this free event.

Event presenter QUEST at CCA has recently been updated and expanded to include a wide variety of STEM-designated electives and activities in research and practical applications of STEM subjects, including after-school programs. Information about CCA’s QUEST day classes as well as after-school programs can be found at

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