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Merced County Mobile Steam Lab Van to Roll Out Early Next School Year

The Education Technology Mobile STEAM Lab made its debut on May 19 at the Merced City School District STEAM Festival, where Merced County STEAM team members set up five different stations of activities for students to participate in.

The repurposed van, in partnership with MCOE’s Early Education program, will focus on educational hands-on activities, engineering design process, 21st century skills and tools, along with a variety of other STEAM activities.

STEAM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math, is an educational approach to learning that encourages students to engage in activities that involve inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking.

The Mobile STEAM Lab will help support Family Math Nights, Family Coding Nights, Outdoor STEAM Adventures and provide opportunities for schools to host activities for students at the start of the 2022-23 school year and beyond.

The Merced County STEAM team consists of content experts and Educational Technology staff from MCOE’s Educational Services Department.

For more information on STEAM events and the Mobile STEAM Lab contact Matt Edwards at or Maria Villa

Felicia Roberts took an idea gathered a few people to reached into a minority community to highlight the positive, using a minority newspaper the Central Valley Voice. Roberts was joined by her sisters Carolyn Williams, Alleashia Thomas, niece Hermonie Lynn Williams, nephew Ron Williams, cousin Jerald Lester, Jay Slaffey, Greg Savage, Tim Daniels and the late J Denise Fontaine. Each individual played an important role in the birth of the newspapers. Since, then many have stood strong behind the success of the newspapers and its goal to fill a void in the Central Valley community. The Central Valley Voice published their 1st issue in November 1991. Its purposed was to highlight the achievements of minorities in the Central Valley. The Voice focuses on the accomplishments of African Americans and Hispanics giving young people role models while diminishing the stereotypical pictures of gangs, crime and violence that permeate the minority communities. Since 1991, the Central Valley Voice has provided an important voice for the minority community throughout the Madera, Merced. Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

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