CT Science Center Hosts the 2013 Connecticut STEM Conference

CT Science Center Hosts the 2013 Connecticut STEM Conference

A conference designed for school teachers, college faculty, administrators, and counselors set in a dynamic STEM venue.

 
 
The keynote address was presented by Dr. Suzanne Chapin
 
The conference included a keynote session, exhibits and break-out sessions, took place on October 7th.
 
The keynote address was presented by Dr. Suzanne Chapin, a professor of mathematics education at Boston University and senior author of Math Matters: Understanding the Math You Teach and Classroom Discussions: Using Math Talk To Help Students Learn. Her work on the Mentoring Mathematical Minds series has won “best curriculum” awards from the National Association of Gifted Children.
 
Specific strands included:
  • The Future Starts Now: Elementary STEM
  • The Future is Here: Secondary STEM
  • Expanding Career Potential: School Counselors and STEM
  • Informed Practice: Using Research and Assessment in STEM
Break-out sessions were fascinating and included:

  • No Bones About It: Engineering is Elementary  — Strand: The Future Starts Now: Elementary STEM (pictured above, Hank Gruber and Rachael Manzer present.) An "Engineering is Elementary" unit that uses hands-on, minds-on work with real engineering practices that promotes the invaluable 21st-century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.  Learning about how you can participate in further training in the "Engineering is Elementary" program. by Hank Gruner, Vice President of Programs, Connecticut Science Center, Michael Wininger, Assistant Professor, University of Hartford, and Rachael Manzer, STEM Coach, and Erin Wilson, Grade 6 Teacher at Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School, Hartford Public Schools

The Caine's Arcade Teachers — UHart undergraduates:  Laura Breault, Kathleen Cicchese, Jayna Dorau, Meghan McKinney, Michael Morrissey, Rachel Schmidt, Hannah Schultz, and Shana Silver

  • Caine's Arcade —  Education students at the University of Hartford conducted a science inquiry with sixth graders at the Annie Fisher STEM School based on the popular video, Caine's Arcade. Participants will see the results of this collaboration and have the opportunity to investigate the construction of arcade games with cardboard. by Laura Breault, Kathleen Cicchese, Jayna Dorau, Meghan McKinney, Michael Morrissey, Rachel Schmidt, Hannah Schultz, Shana Silver, undergraduate students studying elementary/special education, University of Hartford

Teachers learn hands-on game construction from UHart students at the Caine's Aracade breakout session.

 

Other sessions included:

  • Research on STEM Education (Secondary Focus): What have we learned that can be used in the classroom?
  • Integrating Elementary Engineering Units Grades 4-6: “Engineering is Elementary” and “Engineering by Design”
  • Models of Integrated and Interdisciplinary STEM
  • Experience STEM through Learning Expeditions
  • Culture + Context = Career 
  • Future Careers in Health Care
  • Preparing the Next Generation Workforce
  • Leading, Living, and Looking at STEM Careers: An expert panel addresses the question, How can we engage today’s students to pursue STEM careers of the future? 
  • Build a Bridge and Get Over It!  presented by last year's Hartford Public Schools Teacher of the Year, Keith Sevigny from Annie Fisher STEM
  • Catching Up to the Common Core: Green Flags & Red Flags (Elementary Focus)
  • Getting Hooked
  • Straw Rockets: A STEM Investigation for Middle and High School
  • Fuel Cell STEM Partnership: Capital Region Education Council (CREC) and the Connecticut Science Center (CSC)
  • Understand the Engineering Design Process while Addressing the Common Core Standards (Part 1 of 2) 
  • Using Technology to Support Project Based Learning
  • Research on STEM Education (Elementary Focus): What have we learned that can be used in the classroom? Elementary Focus 
  • Science and Engineering Practices: What's the Difference? Why Are They Important 
  • Catching Up to the Common Core: Green Flags & Red Flags (Secondary Focus)
  • Combining Arts and Science
  • Exploring iPad Technologies for Thinking, Collaborating, and Information Sharing across the Content Areas. 
  • PROMISE (Promoting Mastery in STEM Education): A Middle School Science and Math Interdisciplinary Unit
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Facilitating Student Survival
  • The Power of Peer Mentoring  
On October 8th, attendees could visit and tour HPS schools, Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker and the STEM Magnet School at Annie Fisher, and University High School for Science and Engineering. 
 
 

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