THE GOLDEN GEAR AWARDS

The vision of the VC STEM Network is that all Ventura County students, from pre-kindergarten through post-graduate studies will benefit from high quality STEM learning opportunities, and graduate with STEM knowledge and abilities that will translate into successful careers positively impacting our region, nation, and the world.

The Golden Gear Award was created by VC STEM to recognize innovative and impactful efforts in STEM programs that provide direct service to learners in Ventura County, that are bringing this vision to life. Programs and schools interested in applying are asked to complete a self-assessment process and share their findings as part of their formal application.

The VC STEM Network has identified five attributes of high-quality programs and exemplars across a variety of learning environments including:  Early Learning, Elementary STEM, Middle School STEM, and High School STEM and Expanded Learning STEM programs.  The Discover, Dream Design – 3D Self-assessment Tool was created to guide the self-reflective process, deepen conversation, and establish consistent vocabulary around high-quality STEM learning.

2019 Golden Gear Award Winners

  • Ventura College Child Development Center
  • Rio del Norte STEAM Program (Grades 3-5)
  • STEAM Parent Nights-Hollow Hills Elementary School
  • Rio Summer Science Academy
  • Oxnard Summer Writing & Science Camp

2018 Golden Gear Award Winners

MIDDLE SCHOOL

     Haydock Academy of Arts & Sciences, Schoolwide Program

             Project Based Learning 

     Oxnard Elementary School District

     Model Program Anacapa STEAM at Anacapa Middle School

     Ventura Unified School District

HIGH SCHOOL

     Schoolwide Program Rancho Compana High School

     Oxnard Union High School District

EXPANDED LEARNING

     High School Pantherbotics Club at Newbury Park High School

     Conejo Valley Unified School District

2017 GOLDEN GEAR AWARD WINNERS

EARLY LEARNING

    Del Norte Child Development Center – Rio Schoold District, Oxnard

ELEMENTARY

     E.P. Foster Elementary K-5 – Ventura US

     Mckinna Elementary TK-5 – Oxnard SD

     Mountain View Elementary PK-6 – Simi Valley

     Vista Fundamental Elementary K-6 – Simi Valley

     Somis STEAM School L-8 – Somis Union

     UPCS K-8 – Camarillo

MIDDLE SCHOOL

     Frank MS 6-8 – Oxnard SD

     DATA MS 6-8 – Ventura USD

EXPANDED LEARNING

     Discovery Center – Thousand Oaks

     Mesa Union Full STEAM Ahead – Mesa Union

     Somis – Somis Afterschool