3 California Districts Adopt STEAM Mentor Platform

Students at three California districts will have access to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) professionals through a newly adopted platform thanks to a grant.

Teachers at Porterville Unified, Long Beach Unified and Oakland Unified School District, all members of the state's Linked Learning Alliance, will be able to use the Nepris platform to request speakers or mentors able to speak to their students about their careers and inspire them to pursue educations in STEAM fields.
Students at Aldridge Elementary School in Texas interact with a Nepris STEAM mentor.

"The Linked Learning Alliance brings meaningful learning experiences to students so they will be thinking ahead to college and career," said Susan Benz, manager of career readiness for Oakland Unified School District. "Nepris opens a whole new horizon for our students, encouraging them to reach beyond what they might have thought was possible for their lives. Our teachers will love that Nepris does this without being a complicated process or a burden on an already packed curriculum."

Access to the platform is being provided through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.

"This grant brings Nepris to dozens of California schools and will connect hundreds of students with subject matter experts and professionals from right next door or from across the globe," said Sabari Raja, CEO and founder of Nepris, in a prepared statement. "We are pleased to join the Linked Learning Alliance in inspiring students to dream big and achieve great things."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at [email protected].