STEAMConnect conference convenes March 4-5 in San Diego


STEAMConnect’s second Ascend Conference, set for March 4-5, will bring together more than 500 educators, school administrators, nonprofits, parents, business leaders, funders and policymakers from around the U.S. who share a common interest in bridging the arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in education — two often siloed worlds.

Attendees, speakers, sponsors and community members will gather from 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, for a welcome reception to celebrate the start of STEAMConnect 2015 at SILO in Makers Quarter, a neighborhood in San Diego’s Upper East Village anchored by artists, makers and entrepreneurs (753 15th St.)

From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall (5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego), attendees of the main conference will hear from 19 speakers, visit 11 spotlight booths featuring STEAM activities and resources, and have the chance to experience three different hands-on workshops. Tickets are available at

Under this year’s theme “Moving From Dialogue to Action,” conference attendees will share practices and new ideas about the impact of the STEAM movement on education policy, funding, industry innovation and the community. Find the full conference agenda at