STEM Career Day 2019


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6th Annual Career Day

Friday, November 15, 2019




1890 Briggs St, Anderson, CA 96007



Sherry Rodgers
Math and STEM Coordinator
Instructional Services 
(530) 225-0245

Originally founded by Shasta COE and the North State STEM Career Day Committee volunteers, made possible by generous donations from community partners, this regional event fosters our business community's support and resources on encouraging North State students to prepare for and pursue career opportunities in STEM fields. This annual "Ignite Opportunity" is a one-day event. The Shasta Fairgrounds will host this event that is open to 9th grade students from Trinity, Tehama, Siskiyou, Shasta, Plumas, Modoc, Lassen, Glenn and Butte counties. Regardless of their specific interests, your students will benefit from this action packed day of:

  • Dynamic, engaging presentations from professionals working in STEM fields in the North State
  • Real-world anecdotes and advice about the educational paths to STEM career opportunities in our area and beyond
  • Direct access to and interaction with local professionals and college students
  • Challenging STEM activities fostering collaboration and engineering practices
  • Tools to help them plan and prepare for work, post-secondary education and more!

Day of Schedule

Main Stage Speaker

Keynote Speaker


Morning Keynote Speakers


Barry Miller, a 1990 graduate of Anderson High School, is the Director for the California Department of Justice, Division of Law Enforcement, Bureau of Forensic Services. He was the Laboratory Director for the Solano County Office of the District Attorney, Bureau of Forensic Services for six years. His interest in forensics began while he was a student majoring in Biochemistry at the University of California at Davis.  He attended a job fair at the university and was fascinated by the application of science to the criminal justice system. Additionally he now lectures for UC Davis in their Master of Forensic Science program on forensic statistics and alcohol analysis.

Mr. Miller specialized in controlled substance analytical chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology of ethanol, and fire debris analysis. Additionally, he has testified as an expert witness in multiple Superior Courts in northern California and Colorado on topics including blood alcohol concentrations, controlled substances, clandestine laboratories, and crime scene documentation/reconstruction.

Timothy Roloff, CHP - Northern Division MAIT, Investigator Redding, was interested in computers from an early age and graduated with a computer science degree from CSUS. He worked as a computer specialist for ten years and joined CHP at age 32 because he thought it would be a nice change of pace from office work.  He worked road patrol until this year when he transferred to the CHP’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT). MAIT conducts in-depth investigations and analysis of major traffic collisions. Some factors of MAIT investigations include physics for collision analysis, use of surveying and 3D scanner technology, and computer aided design software. Although he never anticipated it applying to law enforcement, his degree and background with computers has helped with the methodologies and equipment used in MAIT investigations.

Closing Keynote Speakers

Colleen Milligan, Ph.D.: Michigan State University (2010)

Dr. Colleen Milligan, professor at CSU Chico, is a physical anthropologist with research interests in bioarchaeology, skeletal biology, and forensic anthropology. She has been a Fellow with the Department of Homeland Security, and has assisted in forensic anthropology casework and recoveries in the State of Michigan and California. She has also assisted in community outreach programs in forensic anthropology and forensic science, as well as recovery training courses for local, state, and federal law enforcement officers. She is a certified instructor through Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST). Dr. Milligan is a Member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Paleopathology Association, Society for American Archaeology, and the American Anthropological Association. She serves as the current Co-Director of the Human ID Laboratory.

Ashley Kendell, Ph.D, D-ABMDI.: Michigan State University (2016)

Dr. Ashley Kendell, professor at CSU Chico, is a physical anthropologist with research interests in bioarchaeology, skeletal trauma analysis and digitization and curation methods for osteological data. Prior to beginning her position at Chico State, she was a visiting professor at the University of Montana and the forensic anthropologist for the state of Montana. She is also a Registry Diplomate of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. She has worked as a Medico-legal Death Investigator for the greater Lansing, Michigan, area and was involved in the investigation of over 200 unexpected deaths. Dr. Kendell is a Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Society for American Archaeology, and the American board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.


The 2018 STEM Challenge

The 2018 STEM Challenge

The 2018 STEM Challenge features a fun forensic mystery where a team of scientists sifts through the evidence. In the end we all win through a community give-back program connected to their results. 

Exhibitors, Colleges, & Attending Schools




Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District

Shasta Mosquito & Vector Control District

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Schreder Planetarium
Friends of the Planetarium

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Butte College
Health Workforce Initiative


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Applied Technology Solutions














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Exhibitor Registration

Exhibitor registration is closed for the 2018 event.

Tech Schools, Colleges, & Universities






Attending Schools

Anderson High School
Anderson New Technology High School
Big Valley Jr./Sr. High School
Burney Jr./Sr. High School
Central Valley High School
Dunsmuir High School
Elk Creek Jr./Sr. High School
Enterprise High School
Fall River Jr./Sr. High School
Foothill High School
Golden Eagle Charter School
Greenville Jr./Sr. High School
Modoc High School
New Day Academy
Orland High School
Phoenix Charter Academy
Red Bluff High School
Shasta County Independent Study
Shasta High School
Stellar Charter School
Tehama eLearning Academy
Trinity High School
University Preparatory School
Weed High School
West Valley High School
Willows High School



Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring Ignite Opportunity 5.0?  

If you choose to honor us with a sponsorship, please fill out the sponsorship form and submit payment by mailing a check payable to Shasta County Office Of Education, including a memo: “STEM Career Day”, along with the form to: Shasta COE STEM Education, ATTN: Sherry Rodgers, 2985 Innsbruck Drive, Redding, CA 96003.

If you are interested in donating swag items for up to 1,400 student grab bags, please contact us at 

Thank you for your consideration! 

STEM businesses interested in having a booth can register at 
For more information about having a booth contact:
Heather Kelnhofer, or 530.209.6072

Sponsored By


the mcconnell foundation   Related image  

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shasta college




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In Partnership with

shasta county office of education north state stem reach higher shasta

SMART Business Resource Center