The STEM Conference for Educators at Washburn University, October 30, 2017

STEM Conferece for Educators

Science is more than just a school subject.  Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) offer a fundamental way of understanding and changing the world for the better.  Come and learn the latest techniques in teaching science, technology, engineering and math at this full day conference on the Washburn University campus in Topeka.

The STEM Conference for Educators will feature multiple professional tracks and breakout sessions for teachers from elementary schools through middle and high school. The conference fee includes registration and all materials as well as a catered lunch, a reception at the end of the conference and reserved seating for the keynote speaker, Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first female African-American astronaut and a leading voice in STEM education.

Best of all, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, the full-day conference is just $10 including lunch.

Make your reservation today by clicking on this link:

(You'll be taken to EventBrite, the exclusive ticket source for the conference.)

Thanks to our sponsors, Barlett & West and Westar Energy and to AT&T which provided funding for the STEM classroom

STEM Program Pathways

STEM Program Pathways

Featuring six different educational tracks so teachers can find just the right fit for your interests.

STEM: Don’t Keep Your Hands and Mind to Yourself!

In the STEM-oriented classroom, learning is a combination of “hands-on” and “minds-on” learning. How do we gain the knowledge and retain the knowledge? Using a variety of objects and manipulatives to engage hands and minds, students find they can “create” ideas and solutions to any problem!

STEM: Plugging in to Student-Centered Technology!

Using technology for teaching is different from engaging students in all kinds of technological experiences. Using technology in the classroom allows teachers to engage students in all kinds of creative and compelling technological experiences. A variety of activities and resources can be plugged into technology to create high-interest and motivating learning environments.

STEM: “E” is for Engineering!

What does “engineering” mean and look like in my classroom? “E” is for Engineering and it’s all about solving real world problems. The process to solve the problem is ENGINEERING! What are the steps to solve the problem and how can you apply them in your classroom today?

STEM: Pick A Subject, Any Subject!

Many people think that STEM is just for math and science people, but it’s for EVERYONE---language arts, social studies, music, art, etc. Cross-curricular units integrating STEM can apply to any subject and any grade.

STEM: Career and Tech Ed? STEM is For You!

Preparing students for a wide-range of highly skilled and demanding careers, Career and Technical Education engages students with academics in rigorous and relevant pathways, leading to certification and degrees. Many times we don’t think of these pathways as STEM, but STEM is highly integrated into the plethora of careers involved in the 16 career pathways!

STEM: It’s for PreK-5th Grade, Too!

Who says STEM doesn’t start until the middle school grades? Integrated science, technology, engineering and math into elementary curricula is alive and well in preschool and other elementary grades today. Integrated thematic units create a prime environment for STEM topics and ideas.

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Mae Jemison

Dr. Mae Jemison

Dr. Jemison was the first woman of color in the world to go into space and served six years as a NASA astronaut. Dr. Jemison was also NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist performing experiments in material science, life science and human adaptation to weightlessness.

A strong, committed global voice for science literacy, Dr. Jemison founded the international science camp The Earth We Share™ (TEWS) for students 12-16 years old from around the world, and founded and chairs the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence.

In addition to her appearance at the conference, Jemison will make a public presentation in the evening at Washburn’s White Concert Hall.  That event will be open to the public.  Conference participants will have reserved seating at the public presentation.

Additional Speakers

Speakers include:

Lunch Speaker -- Dr. John McConnell

STEM Outside of the Classroom – Dr. John McConnell, is a Washburn Physics graduate who went on to a career at the National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico. When they retired to Colorado, he established the John McConnell Math and Science Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. The center which provides both a hands-on learning environment for students and provides teacher training in that field. It began with some hands-on activities which he built himself and which he and his wife moved around from one elementary school to another and grew into a collection of experiments and educational activities which was housed in a classroom where students were brought and finally to an entire school building in Grand Junction which they were given to create this dual-purpose center.

Featured Speaker -- Dr. Tom Turpin

Dr. Tom Turpin is a native of Kansas. He received his undergraduate degree from Washburn University where majored in biology and played basketball and baseball.

Dr. Turpin created the "Bug Bowl," a celebration of insect science that draws from 20,000-35,000 visitors annually and attracts media attention from around the world. He has been featured in numerous news stories including Time and People magazines. He has appeared and been quoted on many major TV including Good Morning America, Prairie Home Companion.

He also writes a bi-monthly column "On Six Legs" that appears in over 40 newspapers. He has done presentations around the nation for the Smithsonian O. Orkin insect zoo that have taken him to over 30 major US cities. He has also been a regular featured speaker at the International Flower and Garden Show at Disney World. Dr. Turpin is retiring this year from Purdue University.

Other speakers include:

Beverly Erby & Rafael Alessio - Early Childhood

Tim McKeny - Manipulatives

Dr. Timothy McKeny is a Mathematics Education Consultant based in Athens, Ohio. He has taught all levels of mathematics in K - 12 environments as well as mathematics methods courses for preservice and inservice teachers. He currently travels across the country to spread the 'math-y goodness' with teachers, administrators, and districts who are dedicated to do something different in the teaching and learning of mathematics. His work focuses on instructional coaching, using non-traditional approaches in mathematics instruction, and personalized learning.

Camille Schroeder & Loren Zachary -Engineering in the Classroom

Felicia Cullers - What A STEM School Does

Felicia Cullers is a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM/STEAM) Program Specialist from the Georgia Department of Education.

Ashleigh McFadden - STEM As It Relates to Career and Technical Education

Ashleigh McFadden is a State Policy Manager for Advance CTE.

Share your own expertise -- call for proposals

Do you have a special technique or expertise that you'd like to share?  Fill out the call for proposals and apply to join one of our educational tracks.

Proposals due no later than September 30, 2017

Call for Proposals

University Student STEM Poster Contest - Cash Prizes!

Are you a university student? Enter the Student Poster Contest for the chance to win cash prizes!

Vendor opportunities

If you're a vendor and would like to display your product or services at the STEM Conference, go to our EventBrite page and select "Vendor Ticket" from the drop down menu.  Space is limited so hurry.:

• Booth space fee $100 per table 

• Washburn University will provide a 6 ft. table. 

• Access to power outlets is limited in the venue. Vendors are encouraged to provide presentations without the use of equipment that requires the use of a wall outlet.

• Each applicant will receive confirmation upon receipt of the completed application

• Space is limited. Vendor tables will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

• All vendor fees are non-refundable.

• Registration must be paid by October 1, 2017 

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