She said she knows a lot of women like herself who love science but didn't pursue it. It's something she hopes to change through herwork.
weave these connections together to provide high quality STEM for children," Williamssaid.
CSUCI educator honored for encouraging science
During her time at Ridgecrest, home to China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, Birmingham developed an approach to forge partnerships between STEM experts and economically disadvantaged students that brought project based learning in chemistry, engineering and renewable energy to after schoolactivities.
Birmingham is dedicating the award to her father, Michael Goldstein, who always encouraged her to pursue aneducation.
"Her work to bring together the military, community college, the local school district and a local community based organization proves to the state that this work can happen anywhere regardless of the location. We are lucky to now have Sandra at CSUCI where she continues to Air Max 90 Ultra Superfly
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"We're trying to reinforce their instructional day and we want to encourage them to pursue a STEM degree," she said. "The teaching is student centered. We ask them to answer questions and find solutions Pink Air Max 90 Womens
Birmingham said her father, who was born in Romania, raised her, her older brother and sister after their Argentinean born mother, Naomi, died when Birmingham was15.
Birmingham's role also includes developing strategic partnerships with community colleges and others in the STEMfields.
other, that's a unique talent," Hamptonsaid.
Birmingham said that as a child, she dreamed of working for NASA, but when it came to pursuing a higher education, she chose to take a degree in history atUCLA.
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Birmingham, 31, came to CSU Channel Islands in February after five years as program administrator of the Moving Beyond the Bell Afterschool Program in Ridgecrest. It's her work there that led to her selection for the award, according to Marcella Klein Williams, chief educational officer for the California STEM Learning Network based inVentura.
The aim is to create a pipeline of students who seek to pursue a STEM degree at theuniversity.
on their own withguidance."
"People have an innate curiosity and a desire to learn, and if they're given high quality opportunities to engage in STEM, we don't see a difference between genders," shesaid.
Hampton said the university was able to hire Birmingham as part of a $6 million Hispanic serving institutions STEM grant from the Department of Education given to the university lastyear.
"He worked three jobs so he could afford to live in Agoura so we could go to a good public school," she said. "He always told me, education is going to open doors for you, anditdid.
At CSUCI, her goal is to provide STEM outreach to school students who are underserved in the sciences through ProjectACCESO.
"She's so deserving of the award. She's so passionate about getting students excited about science and math, " CSUCI chemistry professor Phil Hamptonsaid.
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