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Ed Abeyta on the Importance of STEAM Education

ed abeytaUCTV’s recently launched STEAM Channel is a platform for all things science, technology, engineering, arts and math. We sat down with the channel’s founding partner and director of K-16 Programs at UC San Diego Extension, Ed Abeyta, to learn more about the STEAM movement and how it impacts students, educators and parents.

UCTV: How did you get involved in the world of STEAM?

Ed Abeyta: STEAM became the framework for the creation of our K-16 division in 2010. It was inspired by Harvey White, co-founder of Qualcomm Inc., who believed the Arts (the creative skills) plus STEM are key for industry success. “STEM education is necessary but it is not sufficient – we must have STEAM education – our future is at risk otherwise.”

UCTV: Why STEAM and not STEM?

EA: STEM is based on skills generally using the left half of the brain and thus is logic driven. Much research and data shows that activities like Arts, which uses the right side of the brain supports and fosters creativity, which is essential to innovation. Clearly the combination of superior STEM education combined with Arts education (STEAM) should provide us with the education system that offers us the best chance for regaining the innovation leadership essential to the new economy.

UCTV: Why is STEAM so important for today’s students and teachers?

EA: There seems to be consensus that for the US to replace the lost jobs from the industrial sector we must create the new industries that will drive the future economies of the world – and that requires innovation. So we need to focus on examining some of the difference between what and how we “teach” today and what we need to change to effectively “teach” innovation. The underlying need is to refocus the system to teach innovation – not just facts.

UCTV: How is STEAM changing the way we think about education?

EA: STEAM is not about adding to the acronym, but instead adding to the relevancy of learning. As Vince Bertram, President and CEO, Project Lead The Way, Inc., noted “It’s about showing students how concepts relate to real-world situations and providing them with hands-on projects and problems that help them apply concepts in a new context. It’s about nurturing students’ curiosity and helping them develop creativity, problem solving and critical thinking skills.”

UCTV: Why should universities help lead the charge for STEAM in K-12?

EA: The core disciplines are beginning to merge. Visual Arts, Computer Science, and Engineering are working more closely to utilize expertise in each of their domains to solve problems. This mindset showcases what awaits the next generation at post-secondary institutions like UC San Diego.

UCTV: How can parents involve their children in STEAM education?

EA: At its heart, STEAM is about solving real-world problems. The world is going to need more and more graduates with the skills to identify problems, visualize solutions, design prototypes and implement solutions. Parents should seek every learning opportunity that incorporates practice based learning and challenge their children to continually think out of the box.

UCTV: What can viewers expect from the STEAM Channel in the coming months?

EA: The STEAM Channel will begin showcasing how STEAM is connected to research, policy, education, and industry. We will also seek to provide programming resources to enable parents, mentors and teachers to utilize our programming as a teaching platform.

Visit The STEAM Channel today!

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Start Me Up! Entrepreneurs at Career Boost Camp 2013

Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in the U.S. economy as it embodies the spirit of American capitalism.

However, as the necessity of capitalism dictates, some of these entrepreneurs must fail in order for others to succeed.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, survival rates of new start-ups have been dwindling since the recession began. The BLS reports, “The period from 1993 to 2006 was marked by an increase in the number of births and deaths [of start up companies], indicating a higher amount of business ‘churn’ — that is, new business establishments entered and old establishments exited the economy in greater numbers. Since the most recent recession began in December 2007, births have experienced the steepest decline in the history of the series.”

But even in this tough economy, UC San Diego Alumni have managed to create and sustain successful businesses. Watch “Start Me Up! Entrepreneurs at Career Boost Camp 2013” to hear from a chief creative officer, a computer and electrical engineer, and other entrepreneurs as they share their tales of successful start ups.

For more career advice and job-focused videos, check out The Career Channel.

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A Career in Beer is Near

San Diego’s beer business is booming as the city is becoming known as the craft brew capital of the nation.

The beer industry brought San Diego $680.8 million in sales in 2011 and totaled $299.5 million in wages, contracts, and capital expenses.  In 2011, there were 52 licensed breweries in San Diego county and since then 33 more licenses have been issued. As the industry grows, many new jobs are created and UC San Diego Extension is offering a way for you to get your foot in the door.

Watch this discussion, titled “Is Beer in your Career?” as some of the leading regional brewers, including Stone Brewing Company CEO and co-founder Greg Koch, Lost Abbey brewer Tomme Arthur, Ballast Point brewer and co-founder Yuseff Cherney, and the founder of White Labs Inc. Pure Yeast and Fermentation, Chris White, discuss the opportunities for those who wish to have a future in the craft brewing scene and the future of the industry itself.

Want more from inside the beer industry? UC San Diego Extension is offering a Brewing Certificate that will teach you everything you need to know to be a professional brewer. Also, catch some candid moments with Greg Koch.

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What Makes a Leader? And Other Career Channel Wisdom

What is it that makes a leader? According to Cynthia Burnham, author of The Charisma Edge: A How-To Guide for Turning on Your Leadership Power, confidence and power can translate into success in the corporate world and beyond.

In “What Makes a Successful Leader?,” the  latest installment of the Career Channel’s audio podcast series “Career Talk,” Burnham shares her tips on how to construct the confidence needed to be a successful leader.

If it’s inefficiency that’s holding you back, tune in for “Minimizing Wasteful Work,” host Henry DeVries’ enlightening conversation with Lynn Coffman, author of Slay the Email Monster. In the corporate world, waste is one of productivity’s largest obstacles, but Coffman offers up some helpful ways to minimize wasteful work and focus effort productively.

There’s plenty more career conversation happening at UCTV’s Career Channel, powered by UC San Diego Extension, so stop by to see what’s new. And make sure to like the Career Channel on Facebook for the latest updates on workplace issues that matter to you.

 

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Author T.C. Boyle Presents ‘San Miguel’

Acclaimed author T.C. Boyle’s forthcoming work, San Miguel, is the latest entry in what The New York Times called Boyle’s “own fascinating, unpredictable, alternately hilarious and terrifying fictional history of utopian longing in America.” The novel is a soaring historical narrative about two families—one in the 1880s and one in the 1930s—starting new lives on a windswept, near-desolate island off of the Santa Barbara coast.

In the latest installment of UC San Diego Extension’s Revelle Forum, Boyle presents excerpts from his new novel, followed by a reading of his gripping short story, The Lie.

Watch “Revelle Forum: T.C. Boyle,” online now.

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