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STEM Think Tank & Conference Session Proposals 2017
“Disrupting Silos and Creating STEM Habits of Mind” has been chosen as the conference theme for 2017. Areas of focus have been selected as listed below. Please note that you do NOT have to choose one of these areas, and that any STEM for girls proposal is welcome. You are encouraged to meet as many areas of focus as possible.
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
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?
Computer Science - What are the specific ways in which girls are succeeding in computer science? What encourages them to participate?
You may choose from any of the following session types during the main conference:
• One hour hands-on workshop
• Two hour hands-on workshop
• One hour presentation
• One hour Think Tank discussion session
In addition to a presentation or workshop session format, proposers may choose to propose a "Think Tank" discussion session. A Think Tank discussion should begin with a topic and then allow for open discussion on that topic. The proposer should clearly outline the topics to be discussed in a more classic open-ended Think Tank format, rather than in another format.
All proposals will be judged on the following criteria:
- Is the proposed session relevant to the conference theme?
- Is the proposed session relevant to a conference area of focus, if one is selected (not required)?
- Is there potential for rich discussion if Think Tank format is chosen?
- Does the proposed session have applicability to the intended audience?
- Does the proposed session appear to be of an appropriate session length and have an interactive focus?
- Does the proposed session demonstrate ideas or activities with proven effectiveness?
- Does the proposal clearly describe the session?
- Is the proposed session topic timely/appropriate?
Please submit the following form no later than January 31, 2017. Notifications will be made by February 28, 2017. Presenters will receive a $50 discount in their registration fee.
Should you have questions or problems, please contact us.
STEM Think Tank and Conference Friday Workshop Proposals 2017
The main conference will run Wednesday, July 12, 2017 through the end of the day on Thursday, July 13, 2017. We will then offer to participants optional post-conference workshops on Friday, July 14, 2017, from 9:00-12:30 with lunch built in at a very low cost.. These workshops will be posted ASAP and included in the conference registration. These workshops MUST be very hands-on in nature, taking advantage of the extended time to produce a real product or gain specific knowledge that a participant would use in the future.
*** Please do NOT use this form for workshops you would like to host during the main conference. ***
All sessions will be either three-and-a-half hours in length and take place on Friday, July 14, from 9:00-12:30, with lunch built in. Please submit the following form no later than December 21, 2016. Notifications will be made promptly. Presenters will receive a $50 discount in their conference registration fee.
This year's conference theme is "Disrupting Silos and Creating STEM Habits of Mind.". Please consider the application of this theme in your workshop proposal.
While you certainly may propose on anything related to the conference theme, below is a list of topics that have been pulled from conference feedback and advisory board input:
• teaching engineering when you’re not one
• transitioning to being a STEM program or school
• Assessment (student, program, or outreach program)
• 3D spatial skills
• embracing failure / design thinking
• grant writing
• computer science PD
• maker spaces / 3D printing
• new STEM teachers (0-3 years)
• outreach professionals - improve your practice
All workshop proposals will be judged on the following criteria:
• Is the proposed session relevant to the conference theme?
• Is the proposed session relevant to a conference strand, if one is selected (preferred)?
• Does the proposed session have applicability to the intended audience?
• Does the proposed session appear to fill the three-hour time window usefully and have an interactive focus?
• Does the proposed session demonstrate ideas or activities with proven effectiveness?
• Does the proposal clearly describe the session?
• Is the proposed session topic timely/appropriate?
Should you have questions or problems, please contact us. All starred fields must be completed.