Science In Our Community
Lecture Series


"STEM Showcase" (May 10, 2008)
at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

5401 Bld, Student Center

Arroyo Grande High School
Atascadero High School
STEM Luncheon

The Discovery Institute in partnership with Cuesta College and the County Office of Education provided an exciting day of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics demonstrations, presentations and hands-on activities. Several teams from our county-wide schools and local STEM focused organizations showcased their current experiments, simulations, and projects. This included San Luis Obispo High School, Arroyo Grande High School, Morro Bay High School, Atascadero High School, Harloe Elementary School, Cuesta College, and the Central Coast Astronomical Society.

We had great prizes which included eight $50 U.S. Savings Bonds from Rabobank. All students left with something nice to reward them for their important contributions.

This event was more encompassing than a "science fair" and we feel it significantly expanded the STEM pipeline in San Luis Obispo County. Robotics and astronomy turned out to be the major focus. Many of the displays were quite simply amazing. The mayor of San Luis Obispo, Dave Romero, addressed the audience as well as the new President of Cuesta College, Dr. Dave Pelham. We also were fortunate to have a visit from the Grizzly Academy.

Our Special Guest Speaker was Dr. Patrick Lin, Cal Poly State University, who spoke about "Nanotechnology: Its Promises and Challenges." Dr. Lin's talk was fabulous and he opened up many new problems and challenges for the young people in attendance to think about as we move into the new millennium.

Patrick Lin is the director of The Nanoethics Group (, a
non-partisan organization focused on the social and ethical impact of
emerging technologies, especially nanotechnology. He is a visiting
assistant professor in the philosophy department at California Polytechnic
State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo, and also holds academic
appointments at Dartmouth College as well as Western Michigan University.
Dr. Lin is a co-editor on the new anthology "Nanoethics: The Ethical and
Social Implications of Nanotechnology" (Wiley, 2007) and also part of a
significant National Science Foundation (NSF) award to study the ethics of
human enhancement and technology. He earned his B.A. from University of
California at Berkeley and M.A. and Ph.D. from University of California at
Santa Barbara.


Rabobank (primary sponsor)
Central Coast Surfboards
San Luis Chiropractic
Discovery Science
Dancing Horse Ranch and Retreat
San Luis Obispo Surf
Downtown Centre Cinemas
Gold's Gym
Sunglass Hut
Jamba Juice
The Sock Drawer
Kennedy Club Fitness

We extend a thank you to the P-16 Science and Mathematics Task Force for assistance and support in planning this event. We especially thank Cathie Babb, Jim Babb, Brad Schultz, and Lisa Ramser for all their help in making this event possible. And we finally thank Cuesta College for support with publicity and providing facility use.


NOTE: All contributions were tax deductible under section 501 (c) 3 of the IRS code - EIN#: 20-2949009


Are accepted through Paypal

Note: The Discovery Institute is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 educational foundation – EIN# 20-2949009 All contributions are tax deductible.

PH: (805) 709-0579 FAX: (805) 546-3232


[mission] [programs] [teaching links] [content links] [technology links] [donations] [consulting] [board] [contact us ] [home]

COPYRIGHT © 2000 The Discovery Institute for the Advancement of Science and Technology Education, All Rights Reserved