VMI STEM Education Conference Series
Next Conference: 8 - 10 October 2013
The target audience for the 2013 conference is high school teachers and students. Teachers will explore current scientific research as well as the pedagogy of science. Full conference participation will provide 14 contact hours of professional development credit. High school students will see science in action and have an opportunity to build relationships with mentors who love STEM. Nationally recognized scientists working on cutting edge research, including that of the human brain, will address attendees in our plenary sessions.
Workshops for 250 participants will provide attendees with an opportunity to participate in:
- a class lead by one of Virginia’s top high school science teachers
- research taking place in labs at VMI and other colleges and universities in Virginia
- research taking place in government or industrial labs.
Nearly 600 attendees participated in the 2012 STEM Education Conference, "Mathematics as the Gateway to STEM Success." Attendees included 540 K-16 teachers and administrators, and 40 high school students representing a total of 126 schools. Policy-makers and business leaders from across the commonwealth and beyond were also in attendance.
The goal of the conference was to foster a better understanding of math in the classroom - how it can be taught and learned - while highlighting the latest research. State and national leaders in STEM fields led a variety of breakout sessions, inspiring interaction and discussion between K-16 educators. Hands-on workshops geared toward student attendees and led by STEM professionals helped students learn firsthand about exciting research taking place in higher education. Workshop leaders spoke with students about envisioning and pursuing STEM careers, and a first class cadet provided a lesson in leadership.
Plenary speakers included Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Natural History Museum in New York; Salman Khan, creator of the Khan Academy; and Cathy Seeley, Senior Fellow at the Dana Center, The University of Texas at Austin. Speaker presentations are organized by track and can be found by going to the Program page
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