CIRCLe Labs are designed to excite everyone about STEM—to break down assumptions about the kinds of employees local STEM companies are looking for, and offer needed support as students explore STEM studies and careers. Targeted to low-income East Bay neighborhoods, local STEM professionals present beyond the school day to complement classroom learning with informal, real-life connections. Students will see first-hand that STEM professionals today are a diverse population in every way; that those with as little as a community college certificate are doing interesting, important, well paid work in an array of fields; that innovation companies are searching for local employees to help them they fuel our economy and change the way we live.
Our Audience

The East Bay is rich with STEM education resources. Too often they do not reach into low-income neighborhoods. CIRCLe Labs turns existing community spaces — schools, YMCA’s, etc. that are unused after school and on Saturdays — into learning spaces for students, families, and teachers.
Our Collaboration

CIRCLe Labs bring educators and local STEM professionals into neighborhoods to offer hands-on STEM demonstrations, professional development for teachers, informal career exploration, and other STEM learning opportunities. Conversations will be sparked. Ideas will be shared. Many things can happen!
Our Goal

• To excite students about the array of STEM jobs open to them.

• To show that STEM professionals in the East Bay are a diverse population in every way, and that just a community college certificate can lead to important, well-paid work that is fueling our economy and changing the way we live.

• To support underrepresented students as they pursue STEM studies.

Servicing four Bay Area communities

Anna Yates Elementary School -
Emeryville Center for Community Life

4727 San Pablo Ave.


East Oakland

East Oakland YMCA

5908 Foothill Blvd.



Rosa Parks Elementary School

920 Allston Way



Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus

4700 Ygnacio Valley Road


Volunteer Presenters are Needed in the Following Programs

Meet A Scientist

Students (grades K-12) explore their STEM career options through informal meetings with local STEM professionals in fields from tech to environmental protection. STEM pros talk about their career path and the work that they do. Hands-on demonstrations and virtual site tours are generally included.
Workforce Wednesdays
STEM in Government
City staff from Berkeley and Emeryville discuss the STEM work they do for the public good.


Cal State Computer Science students work with middle school students to develop their own games on Raspberry Pis over four sessions, with informal “meet a scientist” sessions from Google and CSU East Bay faculty. Lunch is provided, and at the final session Tech Exchange will provide computer literacy lessons and free computers to participating families who do not currently have a home computer.

STEM Teachers Professional Development

Cal State East Bay faculty, in partnership with the Alameda County Office of Education, will train K-5 teachers on Next Generation Science Standards with projects on geology and weather. This is one part of an ongoing series of teacher trainings.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
These trainings will focus on NGSS training for 3rd through 5th grade teachers, and be hosted by Dr. Jeff Seitz from CSU East Bay and Dawn O’Connor from Alameda County Office of Education. The training sessions will take place via videoconference at the Concord and Emeryville CIRCLe Lab sites.

Early Math Learning

Help young children, from pre-school to elementary, achieve the math skills that they need to be successful by using fun, play-based learning activities coupled with foundational math curriculum.

YMCA Crew Coaches

Oversee project-based learning activities twice each month for two months (for a total of four presentations).

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Current Workshops

Meet a Scientist
Workforce Wednesdays
STEM in Government

Early Math Learning
YMCA Crew Coaches
STEM Teachers
Professional Development
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