Welcome to the STEM Blog


Our Students Are Going to Mars

By the year 2030, people are expected to be living on Mars. NASA’s current Journey to Mars project focuses research, exploration, and innovation development needed to make this goal a reality. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and Space X, is working to establish a permanent, self-sustaining colony on Mars within the next 50 – 100 years. Dragon, the SpaceX free flying spacecraft, became the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to the International Space Station and safely return cargo to Earth. Dragon’s next goal is to fly crew to space.

Our current students may be one of these visitors to Mars. More likely, our students will be doing work in some way related to the Mars Missions. Students will become the engineers, machinists, and welders designing, testing, and building the spacecraft and equipment. Students will be the programmers creating computer simulations to plan for and trouble shoot challenging problems. Designers will create products that are functional in a much different environment, keeping explorers comfortable and happy. Medical personnel, exercise physiologists, registered dietitians, biomedical engineers, and others will work to keep healthy and safe. Writers will keep us informed of the Mars project’s progress and successes.

The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD)  is preparing students for this exciting future by including STEM education in every grade level. STEM, or science, technology, engineering, and math, trains students to be thinkers and problem solvers.

This blog has two goals: To celebrate the STEM programs happening around the district and to make families and students aware of STEM opportunities available for students.

Listings of STEM opportunities are for information only and are not an endorsement of programs.

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PGE Offers STEM Scholarships

PGE has is offering more than 200 scholarships available in 2018. These STEM-focused or Employee Resource Group-sponsored scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000.

Applicants for ALL of the scholarships listed below must:

Be a high school senior or graduate, have received GED certification or be a postsecondary undergraduate student. Veterans and adults returning to school are encouraged to apply

  • Primary residence is a PG&E customer in California at the time of application
  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited college or university in California


Accepting submissions from: December 1, 2017–February 5, 2018.
Recipients will be notified by May 2018.  See PGE Better Together STEM Scholarship pages for details.

Explore Careers in Aviation & Aerospace

Explore Careers in Aviation & Aerospace Aviation Explorer Post #997 Monthly Meeting

Personal Impressions of College Aeronautical Programs Embry-Riddle / Univ of North Dakota / San Jose State / US Air Force


Join us to hear presentations from four recent Tri-Valley high school graduates. They will be talking about their personal college experiences in their respective aviation or aerospace programs. Extensive Q&A session afterwards. Visit our website to see profiles of these four students: http://post997.weebly.com/student-profiles.html

Livermore Municipal Airport
Five Rivers Aviation
700 Terminal Cir, Livermore, CA 94551 Saturday December 30th from 10am to 12pm


Come meet four former Tri-Valley students who are now attending aviation/aeronautical colleges in different parts of the U.S.. These students will be home for the holidays and want to help inform & inspire other students considering the same path. There will be a lengthy Q&A session after these students give their personal stories.

If weather permits, we will have a BBQ lunch on the tarmac or in the hangar afterwards.

For more information contact Tom Manger or visit our website – Post997.org tom@robotgarden.org

Sponsored by – robotgarden.org

This program is not sponsored by the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, Dublin Unified School District, or Pleasanton Unified School District. Approval to distribute flyers is a community service and does not imply endorsement.

At Las Positas College on Nov. 29: How a pinch of linear algebra, a smattering of graph theory, and a spoonful of computer science are dominating your life

The Math Club and the Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society at Las Positas College proudly present

A Child’s Garden of Graphs

How a pinch of linear algebra, a smattering of graph theory, and a spoonful of computer science are dominating your life

Wednesday, November 29th 6:00pm – 7:30pm Building 2400, Room 2420

Please join us for a reception immediately preceding the talk in the 2420 Lobby

Van Emden Henson, PhD Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Abstract: How does Google decide the order to list search results? How does Amazon know how people who bought thingamajigs also order gizmos? How do MapQuest or Google Maps figure out the best route to go somewhere? How do Facebook, Instagram, and Linked-In figure out people you might want to “friend”? In this talk, Dr. Henson will describe how these questions might be answered using branches of mathematics such as graph theory and linear algebra. He will also mention the computations necessary to pull it off in a way accessible to a general audience.

About the speaker: Van Emden Henson is a mathematician/computer scientist with the Center for Applied Scientific Computing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. For the past seven years he has concentrated on data science and network analysis, mostly using the tools of graph theory, linear algebra, and advanced computing. His recent efforts have been applied to problems in cyber defense, computer networks, communication networks, and malware detection and analysis.

Free and open to the public.

Las Positas College
3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore, CA 94551-7650

SeaWorld Youth Advisory Council Now Taking Applications

SeaWorld states Our purpose is to inspire people to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. While as adults we can all do our part to make a difference, educating and inspiring future generations is critical to the survival of our planet.  And that’s why we are committed to creating an army of passionate, young conservationists who want to make a difference. 

Students may apply for the advisory council by completing an application found here. Applications are due by November 27, 2017. 

This post is for your information only and not an endorsement of the program. 

High school juniors and seniors invited to apply for Bank of America’s Student Leadership Program.

Every year, through our Student Leaders program Bank of America helps connect 225 community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development and service. They’re awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofits such as Boys and Girls Clubs of America and participate in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C. The Student Leaders Summit focuses on skill building and creating a more civically engaged society.

Student Leaders is part of our ongoing commitment to preparing young people for a brighter future. If you or someone you know have a passion of improving the community, click here to learn more about our eligibility criteria. The 2018 Student Leaders application period will be open from October 30, 2017 – February 2, 2018.

Science and Engineering Seminar Series Offered at Las Positas College

How fast do you need to accelerate atomic nuclei in order to separate the radioactive nuclides from billions of stable nuclides?

In the second talk of the LLNL-LPC fall seminar series, physics, chemistry, and biology come together in the use of mass spectrometry to “peek” at particles for human health.  Physicist Graham Bench, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) at LLNL.  AMS is primarily used to detect and measure long-lived radionuclides.  In this seminar, he will discuss biomedical applications of AMS to characterize biological materials associated with human health.  More details are given in the abstract below.

8th Annual

LLNL/LPC Science and Engineering Seminar Series Theory to Practice: How Science is Done

Accelerator Mass Spectrometry: Peeking at Particles for Human Health

Graham Bench, PhD, Physicist

Director, Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, LLNL


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

6:00-7:15 pm

Building 2400, Room 2420


Free and open to the public

Note: There is a $2 parking fee at Las Positas College. Parking kiosks are found across the parking areas. 

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