National Science Teachers Association
How to Maximize Your Participation During the STEM Forum & Expo

This Web Seminar took place on January 9, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was: Margie Gifford-Hawkins, John Quinn, Michael Heinz, Tanisha Wesby, Michele Williams, and Shannon Hamilton. In this Seminar, the presenters gave an overview of the upcoming STEM Forum & Expo coming up in May of this year. They also talked about the importance of STEM education and ways to integrate it into the classroom.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

This program was designed to make educators aware of NSTA's first-ever STEM Forum & Expo. The presenters discussed STEM as an integrated approach to teaching and learning that removes the traditional barriers erected between the four disciplines and integrates them into one cohesive perspective of preK-8 instruction. The presenters posed thought-provoking questions to the audience and participants responded in a lively discussion on the chat.

Forty-six (46) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Four participants attended the Web Seminar from locations outside the United States: Dominica, Germany, Israel, and Turkey.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "It gave me an opportunity to see what others are doing related to STEM."
  • "It really helped to explain my understanding of STEM and what it takes to have an outstanding program."
  • "I believe the more STEM is discussed, the clearer the definition is for all. Information on the logistics of the STEM forum was very helpful."
  • "Sharing of issues in implementing and integrating STEM into existing science and math curriculum."

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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Underwritten by the STEM Forum & Expo