This year’s program is filled with opportunities to support, enhance and celebrate STEM education for Oregon students K-12.
At the foundation, we have offerings for our elementary colleagues to develop children’s science identities and curiosity about the world around them, setting the stage for advanced science and engineering learning in middle school and beyond.
For our secondary colleagues, we offer methods and strategies to shift classroom practices toward students actively engaged in “figuring out,” rather than “learning about” science and engineering, better preparing them for post-secondary learning.
Phenomenon: Exploring your World
The focus of these sessions will be on teaching practices that will shift the classroom environment to the student’s journey exploring their world. It is about the student experience, not the teacher telling the story of the journey.
Equity: All Aboard
The emphasis of sessions in this strand will be on the need for cultural relevancy in science teaching so all students have access and can participate in the science journey. Let’s utilize the science and engineering practices as the ticket to increase student access and engagement.
Generating Energy through the Interconnectedness of STEAM
These sessions will engage teachers in strategies to optimize student engagement by interconnecting science with technology, engineering, arts, and math.