Merced County Office of Education


​​​​Curriculum/Instruction and Research

Adrienne Nau

Coordinator, Science/STEAM​​​​​

Phone: (209) 381-5971

Schedule an appointment:

AnnaMarie Ruiz​

Staff Secretary

Phone: (209) 381-4509 DTPDC

Phone: (209) 381-6643 J-BLDG

Fax: (209) 381-6774​

Physical Address:
MCOE Downtown Professional Development Center
1715 Canal Street
Merced, CA 95340​

Mailing Address:
Merced County Office of Education
632 W. 13th Street
Merced, CA 95341

Science Education Resources and Reports:

CDE - Next Generation Science Standards (Website )

The release of the Conceptual Framework for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) on July 19, 2011, was the first of two steps to develop new science standards for the states. Through a state-led process, new K–12 science standards are being developed that will be rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.

Lyles College of Engineering - Fresno State (Website )

The Lyles College of Engineering is the only publicly supported engineering college in the San Joaquin Valley.  The mission of the college includes developing each student's potential to the greatest extent possible, provide quality engineering education to all students and to serve students from groups that historically have not participated in university education.

National Science Teachers Association (Website)

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of 60,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.

STEM Connector (Website)

The one-stop shop for STEM education.

STEM Education Coalition (Website)

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition works to support STEM programs for teachers and students at the U. S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies that offer STEM related programs.

American Society for Engineering Education (Website)

Engineers use their imagination and analytical skills to invent, design, and build things that matter. They are team players with independent minds.  Engineers are changing the world all the time by dreaming up creative and practical solutions.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (Website)

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community.

Society For the Advancement of Chicano and Native Americans In Science (SACNAS) (Website)

SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.

National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (Website)

With a membership of nearly 200 colleges and universities from all over the United States, the NCIIA engages more than 5,000 student and faculty innovators and entrepreneurs each year, helping them to bring their concepts to commercialization. The NCIIA ‘pipeline’ provides nascent student start-ups with early stage funding, business strategy development training, mentoring, and investment. The NCIIA provides faculty with funding for courses and programs, opportunities for recognition, and entrepreneurship education training and networking. (Website) brings you the latest research for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. We partner with groups like the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) and the Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) to bring you insightful research.  Whether you are a School Administrator, STEM Specialist, or a company developing products for the STEM market, our reports will help you understand both the challenges and the opportunities facing STEM e

National Math and Science Initiative (Website)

The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) and the teacher training organization Laying the Foundation (LTF) merged at the end of 2011, putting in place a seamless system for preparing middle school and high school students to succeed in Pre-AP and AP courses in the critical fields of math and science.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (Website)

Since 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has supported outstanding individuals and institutions to help reshape American education. The Woodrow Wilson Fellows include 13 Nobel Laureates, 35 MacArthur Fellows, 11 Pulitzer Prize winners, two Fields Medalists—and thousands of everyday heroes, in and beyond the classroom

SIEMENS Foundation (Website)

The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math in the United States.  Its signature programs, the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology and Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, reward exceptional achievement in science, math and technology. The newest program, The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, encourages K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues.

Dow Chemical Foundation (Website)

One of the world's largest chemical manufacturers, Dow's philanthropic arm tries to open students' eyes to STEM career opportunities.

TERC (Website)

For more than forty years, TERC has been introducing millions of students throughout the United States to the exciting and rewarding worlds of math and science learning. Led by a group of experienced, forward-thinking math and science professionals, TERC is an independent, research-based organization dedicated to engaging and inspiring all students through stimulating curricula and programs designed to develop the knowledge and skills they need to ask questions, solve problems, and expand their opportunities.

The Nations Report Card (Website)

In 2015, National Assessment of Educational Progress measured students' knowledge in science including physical science, life science and earth and space science. Results are available at the state level in grades 4, 8 and 12.

​CCSS & CTE: Bridging the Divide (Website)

With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by 46 states and the District of Columbia, there is a tremendous opportunity to rethink the role of literacy and mathematics not only within academic classes but also in CTE courses and pathways, encouraging more collaboration and integration between educators across disciplines.

Common Core State Standards & Career and Technical Education: Bridging the Divide between College and Career Readiness outlines a set of strategies state and district leaders can leverage to ensure the implementation of Common Core State Standards engages, informs, and benefits from the career and technical education (CTE) community, a critical partner in the broader college- and career-ready agenda.


Office Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Adrienne Nau