Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is on everyone’s mind. By coordinating science and math courses with technology and engineering courses, teachers can give students a better understanding of the world in which they live. Few of today’s students understand the way in which these fields benefit our society or the variety of career opportunities that are available to them. On December 1, 2018, more than 100 educators from the United States and around the world participated in this virtual conference which focused on incorporating STEM in all grade levels, K-12. The four-hour conference included two all-group presentations and one breakout parallel session where participants chose their presentation by grade band.
At the end of the virtual conference, participants indicated that they were able to:
- Build the capacity of STEM educators at the school, district, and state levels
- Empower educators to better integrate STEM across the curriculum
- Begin growing STEM leadership to help build a STEM culture across their communities
- Provide a forum for participants to network, share stories, and best practices with other educators interested in STEM
Here are responses from participants to the question: "What did you enjoy most about the virtual conference?"
- "It's great to have such an accomplished lineup of speakers and interaction with other participants from the comfort of my own home!"
- "Having my eyes opened to what STEM really means and how awesome it can be for developing deep thinking in my students."
- "Practical applications, supporting examples and discourse on what worked and did not work."
- "Ability to work into my schedule and not have to travel for great PD."
- "The ideas from others in the chat."
- "Did not conflict with my work schedule and was manageable."
Learn more about the virtual conference's presenters and agenda.