Why does VMI host a STEM Conference for K-12?

Approximately 2,250 Teachers with about 250 Classroom-Tested STEM Lessons Shared Since 2011

In 2011, the staff at the created a conference to address the nation's need for educating and training new talent to help fill the overwhelming gap in technology needs and job vacancies nationwide, particularly in the Commonwealth. Initially, high school students and their teachers attended together to take part in STEM workshops, but from that conference survey, we discovered that our teachers preferred to take part in teaching workshops in a train-the-trainer style and to network with one another. In 2012, we made that change and never looked back! 

Approximately 2,250 teachers since that time have attended this event and shared about 250 classroom-tested STEM lesson plans.  We gather those presentations and lesson resources each year (previous years' lessons link at the bottom of this page so we're sure they are indeed fresh) and provide a link on our website so that anyone may access that content and reuse and SHARE time and time again! Now, more about what you will get when you come...



When you attend our Annual VMI STEM Education Conference you will find inspiration in the presentations, networking, and speakers!  The format features hands-on workshops with ready-to-use lesson plans, top-notch speakers, and continuing education credits. 


Focused on the classroom needs of STEM teachers and administrators enhanced by our partnership with the Virginia Department of Education and the Science Museum of Virginia. Research shows these grades are the most influential for inspiring students to pursue STEM offerings in high school, college, and future careers. Our surveys indicate that 98% of the teachers and administrators attending the conference say that they would recommend this conference to others.  

  • Affordable – the conference fits into most budgets.
  • Practical Workshops – Attendees leave with the fresh inspiration they can implement immediately. 
  • Continuing Ed Credit – Attendees and presenters may earn CEUs.
  • Networking – Build relationships and grow your professional connections.