Alameda well represented at Anaheim STEM Symposium

Wood Middle School was selected to showcase its integrated and project-based learning Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) program at the fourth annual California STEM Symposium which began last Sunday in Anaheim, Calif. The symposium continued with a full slate of speakers, workshops and activities through Tuesday, Oct. 11. 


This year we celebrate the 524th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World, although not without controversy. The Culinary Academy of Post Street didn’t want to tackle the tricky topic of whether Oct. 10 should be renamed “Indigenous Peoples Day,” so we focused on the safer subject of food.


A seventh-grade student at Nea Community Learning Center, Shino Kawazu, has won a place as a semifinalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS (Math,
Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program of the Society for Science and the Public. This honor placed her project among the top 300 middle school science and engineering projects in the United States out of more than 6,000 nominees.

Kawazu’s teacher, Daniel Pasker, inspired and assisted Kawazu with her science fair project.


College students from Harvard, Stanford, and Yale have created a college admissions and financial aid guide that is now being sent to every public high school in America. Attempting to level the college application playing field, Fair Opportunity Project’s aims to get every student the best college admittance information available, regardless of background. The guide is free and in PDF format.


The history of Alameda schools goes back more than 150 years. Former Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) board president Mike McMahon compiled a history of Alameda’s schools that forms the basis of this article. The photos come courtesy of Alameda Museum curator George Gunn who recently acquired them from an Alameda family. At left they are, clockwise from top left, Bay Farm, Haight, Mastick, Wilson, Porter and Longfellow schools. At lower right, not pictured on the cover, is Everett School.

Alameda Schools History Chronology