Newswise — California State University, Dominguez Hills’ (CSUDH) 3rd Annual “STEM in Action: A Kids Conference” on April 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will provide close to 1,000 inner-city students the opportunity to participate in interactive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities that will help inspire them to become lifelong learners.

 Designed around this year’s theme, “Step into the World of STEM Careers,” the conference provides a festive and inviting environment for underserved students from the region with fun and imaginative learning opportunities. Students will be challenged and engaged in such projects as creating paper circuits, marshmallow catapults, and balancing robots. They will also learn about string geometry, the “Stroop Effect,” why “Sugar is in My DNA,” and much more.

 “We at Cal State Dominguez Hills are committed to transforming STEM education by offering students in our service area and beyond authentic and engaging hands-on learning experiences,” said Kamal Hamdan, Annenberg Endowed Professor and director of Center for Innovation in STEM Education (CISE) at CSUDH. “Our goal is for students to leave feeling inspired enough to someday pursue a career in a STEM field.”

 The “STEM in Action: A Kids Conference” is coordinated by CSUDH’s STEM Institute for Innovation and Improvement (CSI3), a component of CISE, which is dedicated to addressing the shortage of STEM teachers in high-need schools in Los Angeles County, and across the state. It also provides future educators in CSUDH teacher education programs the opportunity to help facilitate and observe fun and interactive lessons that engage students. More than 150 pre-service teacher candidates and undergraduates have volunteered for the conference.

Where: California State University, Dominguez Hills’ North Lawn. The university is located at 1000 E Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747. Click here for directions and a printable campus map.


 Center for Innovation in STEM Education

The Center for Innovation in STEM Education (CISE) enables transformative and inspiring STEM learning experiences for youth and future educators. Through numerous grants, including its recent $5.85 million Hispanic-Serving Institutions Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (HSI-STEM) grant, the center partners with schools, districts, community colleges, local and national organizations, and philanthropic and industry leaders to broaden its impact across institutions and the local and global community.


About California State University, Dominguez Hills California State University, Dominguez Hills, centrally located in the greater Los Angeles South Bay region, is a model urban university with a wide range of academic programming, providing accessible, high quality, and transformative education to students aspiring to succeed and thrive in a complex, global society.  Since 1960, CSU Dominguez Hills has served a diverse community of learners and educators collaborating to change lives and communities for the better. A national model and laboratory for student success, the university offers a proven path to opportunity and social equity, advancing a college-focused culture in the communities it serves while providing vital resources of knowledge, talent, and leadership to the greater Los Angeles region and beyond.  Today, CSU Dominguez Hills boasts over 100,000 alumni – doctors, scientists, engineers, educators, entrepreneurs – who are leaders in education, health, technology, entertainment, public service, and business, making a difference in their fields, in people’s lives, and in their communities. For more information, visit     

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