formats Becomes Official

Published on September 1, 2012, by

As of today, this is the official new-and-enhanced website for the Central Coast Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Collaborative (CCSTEM). Entering either or will get you here. Please enjoy exploring the website, and if you have any suggestions, corrections, ideas, etc., we encourage you to use the Contact Us page and make a connection!

We’d also like you to consider joining our group. CCSTEM membership is pretty easy. Simply sign up, and include a little bit about your interest in STEM education. It’s really that simple. See the “Become a Member” area on the right side of the page.


NASA’s 2012 Edition of the Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

Published on August 31, 2012, by
The Cassini spacecraft launched in October 1997 and has been orbiting Saturn since 2004.
The essay contest is open to students in grades 5-12.  Essays must be under 500 words.
There are three essay topics to choose from:
1.  Saturn’s small shepherd moon, Pan
2.  Saturn’s F Ring
3.  Saturn
Students choose one of these topics and write an essay about why they think this image should be taken by the Cassini spacecraft.  What questions do they hope will be answered by taking this picture?
The essay contest meets U.S. National Science and Language Arts Standards.
For contest rules, videos about each essay topic, a downloadable contest flyer, frequently asked questions, and more information, visit:
The contest deadline is Wednesday, October 24, 2012.  All essays must be submitted by the student’s teacher.  If the essay contest is used as a class assignment, please send the top 3 essays from each class, along with a list of other students who wrote essays for the contest.
All students who write essays will receive a certificate of participation.  Winners and their classes will be invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists.  Winning essays will be posted on the Cassini website.
For questions about the contest, e-mail
Good luck!
Best wishes,
The Cassini Outreach Team


Published on May 5, 2012, by


CC STEM members are excited

CCSTEM stands for Central Coast Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Collaborative.

Established in 2012, we are a collaboration of educators, business leaders, parents, students and and much more looking to leverage community resources in support of formal and informal STEM education, from Pre-Kindergarten to high school.

Our coalition has one aim: Enhanced STEM educational opportunities and experiences for our children.

CCSTEM is your central resource for anything STEM education related in California Central Coast communities from San Simeon and Paso Robles in the north to Santa Barbara and Carpinteria in the south.  The CCSTEM Calendar shows all of the interesting events going on in our communities to benefit children and adults.

We hope that as a collaboration, we can bring students, parents, educators and business leaders resources they need to advance STEM education on California’s beautiful Central Coast.

So, please study our website, check our educational Resource materials, and enjoy your visit to CCSTEM!  If you have any questions or comments about our organization and/or wish to become involved in some way, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us and help improve STEM educational experiences for Central Coast children.

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