Hear about the connections between the makerspace and the workplace, specifically about pathways in advanced manufacturing, and brainstorm ways to help students learn about the many opportunities in this area.
Interested in place-based education? Hear how the Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative leverages PBE to increase rural educators’ capacity to connect with valuable expertise and access assets that focus on STEM locally.
Come hear how you can adapt your TPBL approach to meet the needs of your students and community. Adaptable Approaches to STEM explores how employing real problems establishes new instructional strategies that amplify project-based delivery, promote options in assessment, and respond to culturally relevant workforce development.
Speakers: Holly Lavender, STEM Education Lead, Office of Innovation, Ohio Dept. of Education Sheli Smith, Chief Academic Officer, PAST Foundation Annalies Corbin, President and CEO, PAST Foundation
Come learn about the STEM Forum & Expo program and networking opportunities for registrants who are first-time attendees. Join us for tips on navigating the forum and learn how to make the most of the amazing opportunities available over the next few days.
Speaker: David Crowther, NSTA President and Professor of Science Education, University of Nevada, Reno
The need for STEM literacy—the ability to understand and apply concepts from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in order to solve our nation’s most complex problems—is growing exponentially. The requirement for STEM literacy goes beyond the traditional STEM occupations of scientist, engineer, and mathematician. In addition, the United States and the Army have a growing need for highly qualified, STEM-literate technicians and skilled workers in advanced manufacturing, logistics, management, and other technology-driven fields.
For more than 50 years, the U.S. Army has supported a wide range of educational opportunities in STEM for our youth and undergraduate students, as well as our valued teachers. From elementary school through undergraduate school, students of all proficiency levels, interests, and social and economic backgrounds are encouraged to participate in real-world STEM experiences while also engaging with Army-sponsored mentors. These STEM experiences include competitions; STEM enrichment programs; and opportunities for apprenticeships, internships, and scholarships. More information is available at https://www.usaeop.com.
A diverse panel of students from the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) will describe their experiences with the AEOP programs they have participated in, the importance of STEM in their lives and school experiences, how STEM will help them in their futures, and why they think STEM is important.
AEOP aims to provide both students and teachers with diverse opportunities that effectively engage, inspire, and attract the next generation of STEM talent and expose participants to Department of Defense (DoD) STEM careers.
Introductions and Moderator: Matt Hartman, eCYBERMISSION Educational Content Manager, U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program, NSTA, Arlington, Va.
Ryanne Leslie and Gabby Adams, Students, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia, PA
Speakers: Ryanne Leslie, Student, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Gabby Adams, Student, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
Explore the world of STEAM and inexpensive hands-on activities that participants can take back to their classrooms. Tips from my book Getting Started with STEAM: Practical Strategies for the K–8 Classroom will be shared as well.
Speakers: William Krakower, Teacher, Beatrice Gilmore School Meredith Martin, Science Leadership Academy Middle School
There is so much written on this topic that many people think it is impossible to attract women and minorities in the STEM field. It isn’t.Come meet professionals who have successfully inspired women and minorities to join engineering and stay there. Learn what you can do as educators to keep your students interested in a STEM career and discover the lifelong benefits of careers in engineering. In particular, get ready to understand the lasting impact you make on your students, and why what you do right now matters the most.
Moderator: Karen Johnsen, Early Talent Program Manager, GE Healthcare, Milwaukee, WI
Karen Johnsen, Early Talent Program Manager, GE Healthcare, Milwaukee, WI
Andrew Reid, Senior Planning Analyst, Con Edison, New York, NY
Karen Davis, Director, Career Services, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Speakers: Karen Davis, Director, Career Services, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse University Andrew Reid, Senior Planning Analyst, Con Edison Karen Johnsen, Early Talent Program Manager, GE Healthcare
Join a panel of educators from K–12 and museum settings as they share educator moves to create equitable STEM learning environments. Learn strategies to engage diverse learners in design engineering, making, and sensory-rich STEM exploration. Take part in active discussion with the panel and walk away with inspiration and practical approaches for using design and making to support all students.
Moderator: Janella Watson, Associate Director, Providence Children's Museum, Providence, RI
Gina Tesoriero, Graduate Research Assistant and PhD Student, Learning Sciences and Human Development, College of Education, University of Washington, Seattle
Dana Schloss, Director of Exhibit Experiences, NYSCI, Corona, NY
Satbir Multani, Design Lab Manager, NYSCI, Corona, NY
Amanda Solarsh, Middle School STEM Educator, Simon Baruch MS104, New York, NY
Speakers: Amanda Solarsh, STEM Teacher, Simon Baruch MS104 Gina Tesoriero, Doctoral Researcher, University of Washington Dana Schloss, Director of Exhibit Experiences, NYSCI Satbir Multani, Design Lab Manager, NYSCI Janella Watson, Associate Director, Providence Children's Museum
Can you imagine driving next to a car on a highway without a driver or any passengers inside? There is a lot of conversation around connected and autonomous vehicles, but how exactly are we going to make this happen? It is estimated that the new driverless vehicle economy could be worth $800 billion by 2035 and $7 trillion by 2050. This has an immense impact on the economy and, most importantly, the STEM workforce. In order to bring driverless vehicles to life, we must understand human behavior and extrapolate unlimited amount of data to ultimately accomplish the key goal of increasing driver safety and saving lives. Join us as we talk about the technology, economy, and how STEM education plays a key role in making driverless vehicles a reality.
Moderator: Seun Phillips, Director, PlanetM, Michigan Economic Development Corp., Detroit, MI
Ajit Sharma, Advisor, Lime Lab, Detroit, MI
atrick A. Hillberg, Solutions Architect, Workforce Development, Siemens PLM Software, Detroit, MI
Speakers: Ajit Sharma, Advisor, Lime Lab Seun Phillips, Director, PlanetM, Michigan Economic Development Corp. Patrick Hillberg, Solutions Architect, Workforce Development, Siemens PLM Software
How do we prepare students for jobs that don’t yet exist? As leaders in education, we need to leverage every advantage at our disposal to ensure students’ coursework is relevant and that they have experiences in the community that build their understanding of the requirements for the jobs of tomorrow. Join leaders from across the country as they discuss innovative partnerships that are reshaping how students develop skills for success in future STEM careers and are laying the foundation for America’s future-ready workforce.
Moderator: J. Wesley Hall, Executive Director, STEMx at Battelle: Nashville, TN
David Burns, Director, Education Operations, Battelle
Michael Stone, STEM Director of Innovative Learning, Public Education Fund, Chattanooga, TN
Jill Lansing, Assistant Vice Chancellor, SUNY, Empire State STEM Network
Speakers: Michael Stone, STEM Director of Innovative Learning, Public Education Foundation David Burns, Director, STEM Innovation Networks, Ohio STEM Learning Network/Battelle Jill Lansing, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Empire State STEM Network, SUNY J. Wesley Hall, Executive Director, STEMx at Batelle
Find out how simple it is to teach coding to elementary students using the Scratch programming language. A coding, science, or math background is not necessary. The only thing needed is computer and internet access. Get the tools to develop a game that students can code and then play back in the classroom! Students learn programming concepts and get practice in logic and conceptual thinking.
Speaker: Mary Ellen O'Donnell, STEM Teacher Specialist, Village Glen West School
Enable all K–6 students to recognize the presence, impact, and potential of STEM and the essential integration of all STEM disciplines. Attention will be paid to integration of STEM disciplines in classroom explorations, by analyzing and constructing physical structures and everyday household objects, advancing learning and igniting engagement, critical thinking, and creativity. Handouts.
Find out how to establish purposeful routines for coding in the classroom and a variety of resources that can be used including iOS applications, web based programs, unplugged activities, LEGO® robotics, and more. Walk away with the coding confidence you need to return to your classroom/school with a #KidsCanCode mentality.
Speaker: David Dulberger, 5th Grade Magnet, Emma K. Doub Elementary School
Explore authentic learning through literature while teaching the design process and space concepts in an engaging Project-Based Learning. This project is based on a fiction/nonfiction pairing—Space Case by Stuart Gibbs and Next Time You See the Moon by Emily Morgan (NSTA Kids).
Speakers: Diana McGuire, Teacher, Mathews Elementary School Stefanie Nguyen, Director of STEAM, St. Gabriel's Catholic School
Attention will be paid on how to create an effective makerspace specifically designed to advance robotics, technology skills, and engineering principles, as well as increase learning and engagement to fulfill the NGSS. Emphasis will be placed on criteria for what to include, how to use it to reach diverse populations, and how to measure its effectiveness.
Speaker: Donna Knoell, Educational Consultant
Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
How to Use the Orton-Gillingham Method in the STEM/STEAM Science Classroom***CANCELED***
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Room: 117, Pennsylvania Convention Center
Learn Orton-Gillingham strategies and activities for science vocabulary, concepts, and organizational skills that can be used immediately in all grade levels and inclusion classes.
Speaker: Kathryn Wink, The Bridge Academy of New Jersey
Join us as we demonstrate how several nimble institutional partners have coordinated and leveraged their efforts to provide high-quality STEM learning for middle school and college students.
Speakers: Jan Mokros, Senior Research Scientist, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance William Otto, Professor of Chemistry, University of Maine at Machias Jennifer Atkinson, Project Manager, STEM Guides, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
It is challenging to fund standards-based STEM activities for any classroom teacher. Find out how to successfully write a grant to fund activities, find business partners, and achieve success in your program.
Speakers: Becky Miller, 5th Grade Science/Math Teacher, Bluewater Elementary School Katherine Stephens, Teacher, Bluewater Elementary School
Create a groundswell of interest in your science students by having them set up a real stream monitoring program that involves the data collection and analysis of parameters that determine stream health.
Speaker: Thomas Hinckley, Associate Professor, Landmark College
We will share our processes in developing a Global Environmental Literacy program in an urban elementary school with 100% poverty rate, using STEM and 21st-century skills.
Speakers: Stephanie Norton, John P. Parker School Kimberly Mack, Principal, John P. Parker School Jonaya Brown, John P. Parker School Pamela Knox, John P. Parker School Erica Watson, John P. Parker School Robyn White, John P. Parker School Deborah Elkins-Brown, John P. Parker School Jamie Blessing, John P. Parker School
A major shift in implementing the NGSS involves students actively engaging in science using the eight science and engineering practices. Explore strategies to invite these practices into elementary science labs/explorations. Leave with a template guiding you on flipping traditional science labs to incorporate the science and engineering practices.
Speaker: Seth Marie Westfall, Instructional Coach, Racine Unified School District
Join us as we connect kindergarten and first-grade science standards using the book Those Darn Squirrels and STEAM strategies by engineering a squirrel-proof bird feeder.
Speakers: Kim Parsons, Teacher, Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Elementary School Nichole LeGrant, Teacher, Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Elementary School Marie Hill, Teacher, Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Elementary School
Grade 1, Kindergarten
Lower Elementary/Early Childhood
Available Handouts :
Polymers: Basics for the Science Classroom***CANCELED***
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Room: 121A, Pennsylvania Convention Center
Simple demonstrations, labs, and activities bring polymers into your curriculum that are STEM relevant. Concepts include formation, classification, structure, and properties. NGSS correlations. Take home a CD of activities/information.
Speaker: Debbie Goodwin, Retired High School Science Teacher
In Philadelphia, there are several entities that are working hard to mitigate the decline in STEM performance in public and charter schools. In the past, many of the established programs in the Philadelphia area have operated autonomously from others. Join us to meet the local area STEM Partners and hear what steps are being put into place to resolve this problem so we all can move together toward increasing collaborative efforts between partners, teachers, and students here in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Moderator: Ambra Hook, PFT Health and Welfare Fund: Philadelphia, PA
Jamie Bracey, Director, National Center for Inclusive Competitiveness, College of Engineering, Temple University: Philadelphia, PA
Phil Brooks, Director of STEM Initiatives, Office of Workforce Development, City of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, PA
Sandra E. Dunham, Science Coordinator, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers: Philadelphia, PA
Emily McGady, Science Curriculum Coordinator, School District of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, PA
Michele Lee, Cochair, Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem: Philadelphia, PA
Darryl Williams, Senior Vice President, Franklin Institute: Philadelphia, PA
Speakers: Emily McGady, Science Curriculum Specialist, School District of Philadelphia Darryl Williams, Senior Vice President, The Franklin Institute Sandra Dunham, Science Coordinator, PFT Health and Welfare Fund Jamie Bracey, Center for Inclusive Competitiveness Phil Brooks, Philadelphia Office of Workforce Development Michele Lee, Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem Ambra Hook, STEM Educator, PFT Health and Welfare Fund
Participate in fun and engaging experiments that compare grip strengths, investigate pressure/volume relationships, and match position graphs, all using Vernier digital tools with Chromebooks or BYOD. See how sensor-based experiments teach students about data collection and analysis—practices that promote STEM inquiry, improve STEM literacy, and authentically boost test scores.
Speaker: David Carter, Vernier Software & Technology
Bringing engineering (the E in STEM) into science classes can be a challenge. We will help you understand the value of integrating engineering in your science classes and give some tips on how to make the integration seamless. There will also be an explanation of the online STEM competition eCYBERMISSION and how it relates to engineering in the science classroom.
Speaker: Matthew Hartman, eCYBERMISSION Content Manager, NSTA
Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Available Handouts :
U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)