Think Tank & Conference

640w.x960h_300.iPhone4.jpgMake plans now to join us July 13-15, 2016, for the next STEM Think Tank and Conference!  The organizing team – the STEM Consortium – has selected this year's conference theme: Cultivating Your Network: Growing Sustained STEM.

Areas of focus for the 2016 Think Tank and Conference are the following:

Partnerships for Change– Partnerships between and among K12, industry, informal, university, counselors, parents, private, public, etc.  What are these effective partnerships and how can they be replicated?

STEM+ – Connections with STEM and all disciplines, including art, foreign language, English/Language Arts, history, computer science etc. in both formal and informal learning

Long Term Change – What are the ways in which long term change is created in schools and other organizations to create effective STEM programs for girls?

Social Entrepreneurship and Public Purpose - How is STEM being used to address issues of social justice, social need, service learning for the good of public purpose?

Mathematics and Computational Science - What are the specific ways in which girls are succeeding in mathematics and compuational science?  What encourages them to participate?

All conference sessions will be encouraged to use as many areas of focus as possible.


 Explore the "Wearable Technologies as a Pathway to STEM" session by Dr. Jenny Keshwani that will be held Thursday, July 14, at 8:30AM.




The Think Tank and Conference will bring together national leaders in K12 education for girls and young women (independent, public, charter, and parochial), university K12 outreach coordinators and researchers, STEM university faculty, girls' informal educators, and members of industry. Please plan to attend if you teach or work with girls and young women in a STEM field. Our conference theme will allow us to discuss and learn more from each of these groups, translating lessons learned across the lives of females.


The Think Tank & Conference is funded in part by the E.E. Ford Foundation, through the Center for STEM Education for Girls.


The Think Tank & Conference will be hosted on the campus of the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, TN, July 13-15, 2016. The program is being built by the members of our leadership group, the STEM Consortium, which is comprised of leading K12 schools, university researchers and STEM program leaders, corporate members, and informal educators. Because much of the program is devoted to concurrent sessions, the program will draw on the best ideas in girls' education around the country.


The Think Tank & Conference will produce new connections and conversations among K12 teachers, university faculty and administration, informal education, and members of industry. Each group has lessons learned about creating successful programs for females. It's time that we communicate across these groups effectively – both to teach and to learn.



The 2016 keynote speaker is Terri McCullough, Director, of The Clinton Foundation's No Ceilings Project.  The title of her presentation will be announced soon.


We are extremely grateful to our silver sponsors for 2016!