NOV. 17th & 18th!

The Virtual E Conference is all about putting Engineering Back in STEM! Too often, the Capital "E" is treated like a convenient vowel as opposed to a critical part of education. This virtual conference is all about empowering those involved in K12 Education to help change this. This conference, which is 100% online, will cover advocacy, curricula, grant funding, university partnerships, informal science initiatives, and more. LEARN MORE!

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November 17th & 18th, 2015

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249.00 USD
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Speakers

Dr. Ioannis Miaoulis

President - Museum of Science, Boston

Dr. Yvonne Spicer

Museum of Science, Boston - NCTL

Ms. Liz Parry

The Engineering Place North Carolina State

Dr. Cary Sneider

Center for Science Ed Portland State University

Conference Schedule – November 17th & 18th, 2015

There are two Tracks to choose from below - Elementary and Secondary Tracks. All times are Eastern time.

  • CONFERENCE DAY 1 - November 17 -

  • Tues - 11:00am - 11:05am

    Opening Remarks

    Learn how to ask questions during the sessions, download powerpoint presentations, participate in the virtual expo, and get access to recordings afterward! Mr. Paul Secor promises to explain all of this in under 5 minutes!

    Speakers:

    Mr. Paul Secor

  • Tues - 11:05am - 11:45am

    Keynote Address: Putting the Forgotten 'E' Back Where it Belongs! - Dr. Ioannis N. Miaoulis

    In 1775, Paul Revere, traveled from Boston to deliver one of the most important "wake up calls" in American History. More than 200 years later, Dr. Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis, President of the Museum of Science, Boston, started delivering a "wake up call" of his own in that same city - to put Engineering back in STEM where it belongs! He has continued to spread that message across the United States and throughout the world. "Most of the curriculum in schools focuses on the natural world and very little focuses on the human-made world. However, 98% of the things we deal with on a daily basis are human made, but the curriculum of our schools does not really cover this," states Miaoulis. He often illustrates this point with a painfully obvious example "We spend countless hours teaching kids about grasshoppers, but will teach them nothing about how a car works - something they will likely use or ride in for the rest of their life," he adds. Dr. Miaoulis will explain how we can change this through deliberate and tangible actions at every level of education. If you want to start the day inspired, this is the session that will make that happen!

    Speakers:

    Dr. Ioannis Miaoulis

  • Tues - 11:45am - 12:30pm

    How to Rally YOUR Local Engineering Movement - Panel Discussion

    Experienced STEM Advocates will teach you how you can build an Engineering movement starting in your local community and extending all the way up to the halls of Congress. Ms. Liz Parry will reveal the keys to building a grassroots movement in your local district. Dr. Yvonne Spicer will explain how to get your State Education officials and elected representatives to include Engineering in state K12 standards, and Ms. Patti Curtis will give you insights on how to work with you congressional representatives to make sure Engineering Education is headed in the right direction nationally.

    Speakers:

    Dr. Yvonne Spicer

    Ms. Liz Parry

    Ms. Patti Curtis

  • Tues - 12:30pm - 1:15pm

    K-5 STEM Outreach Programs

    Elementary schools and teachers are continuously challenged to maintain adequate resources, staffing, and technology. Dr. Chris Rogers and Dr. Merredith Portsmore from Tufts University, will discuss how to connect with your local university to tap into engineering and STEM expertise. They will talk about their STOMP model, which brings new technologies and innovative activities from university students into elementary classrooms. Ms. Liz Parry from North Carolina State University will present intriguing ideas on how STEM elementary programs can leverage their local communities to draw support from industry, non-profits, and parents to boost education occurring inside the classroom.

    Speakers:

    Dr. Chris Rogers

    Dr. Merredith Portsmore

    Ms. Liz Parry

  • Tues - 1:15pm - 2:00pm

    Engineering is Elementary: Integrating Engineering in the Elementary Curriculum

    What do the NGSS science and engineering practices look like at the elementary level? In this session with Ms. Nicole O'Neil, participants will come to an understanding of what technology and engineering are and how teachers can foster student engagement in engineering practices.

    Speakers:

    Ms. Nicole O’Neil

  • Tues - 2:00pm - 2:05pm

    Closing Remarks

    Mr. Paul Secor will provide a short summary of the sessions from this day, and provide instructions on how to enter the Expo and connect with speakers, organizations, and vendors.

    Speakers:

    Mr. Paul Secor

  • Tues - 2:05pm - 5:00pm

    Expo Hall: Meet with Speakers, STEM Organizations, and Vendors

    To enter the virtual expo CLICK HERE to be transported to Expo Page. Once there, enter your email address , along with the password "STEM123". This will provide you instant access to the expo.


    The Virtual Expo is a unique experience that will enable you to visit virtual expo booths featuring speakers from that day. When visiting these booths, you can download brochures, instructional materials, and other information. In addition, while inside you can also publicly text chat with the booth owner and other attendees to interact, network, and learn more. MOST IMPORTANTLY --> You can engage in a private one-on-one webcam chat with the booth owner. This gives you the chance to meet face-to-face to ask important questions that are relevant to you and your organization, and connect personally.

    To enter the virtual expo CLICK HERE to be transported to Expo Page. Once there, enter your email address , along with the password "STEM123".

    Speakers:

    Dr. Cary Sneider

    Dr. Merredith Portsmore

    Dr. Yvonne Spicer

    Ms. Liz Parry

    Ms. Nicole O’Neil

    Ms. Patti Curtis

  • CONFERENCE DAY 2 - November 18 -

  • Wed - 11:00am - 11:05am

    Opening Remarks

    Mr. Paul Secor will review how participants can interact with the sessions.

    Speakers:

    Mr. Paul Secor

  • Wed - 11:05am - 11:45am

    Keynote Address: All the Cool Technologies from NASA Swamp Works Lab


    If you thought the technologies Matt Damon used in the movie The Martian, wait to you see the real stuff that is at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Swamp Works Lab. This facility is working on what NASA refers to as "In Situ Resource Utilization", or what in layman's terms - "living off the land on another planet. " Attendees will get an inside and close up tour of the lab from NASA representatives Rob Mueller and Kurt Leucht, who will showcase:

    - Autonomous Quad Copters that can be used to explore craters
    - Swarming Robots that can be used to search for resources
    - Electrostatic technology that can be used to repel dust
    - A test bed filled with 120 tons of moon soil simulant, that is used to test technologies
    - and more!

    Tours of NASA Swamp Works are limited to just a few per year, so this is a very special opportunity. Plus, attendees will have the ability to ask questions and get real time answers from NASA engineers and scientists who are directly responsible for developing these awesome technologies.

    Speakers:

    Mr. Kurt Leucht

    Mr. Rob Mueller

  • Wed - 11:45am - 12:30pm

    Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) - Panel Discussion

    During this session, you will hear about NGSS, a state that has adopted NGSS, and one who hasn't, but still has Engineering. Dr. Jennifer Childress, Director, Instructional Support, Science with Achieve, will give you a complete overview of NGSS. Ms. Suzanne Goldstein from the California Alliance for Next Generation Science Standards (CA4NGSS) will talk about how the standards adoption process happened in California, the priorities and challenges that are emerging as schools and districts begin to implement the new standards, and what CA4NGSS is doing to raise awareness and build capacity to support a successful transition. Mr. Mark Kobel will discuss how Massachusettes did not adopt NGSS, but rather implemented other science standards which include a particular emphasis on Engineering education.

    Speakers:

    Dr. Jennifer Childress

    Mr. Mark Kobel

    Ms. Suzanne Goldstein

  • Wed - 12:30pm - 1:15pm

    STEM Grant Opportunities

    The speaker for this session is Mr. Paul Secor. He is a certified Grant Writer and a member of the American Grant Writers Association. He is President and Founder of Secor Strategies, LLC, which has won more than $6.3 million in grant funding for his clients, and has been especially successful in writing grants and managing programs focused on STEM Education. The company has also coordinated several STEM Education program for NASA, K-12 schools, universities, state government, and non-profit organizations. This session discussion will include 1) Mapping out a Big Picture Strategy for Your Organization, 2) Funding Opportunities You Can Apply to Now, and 3) Hidden Secrets to Writing Winning Proposals.

    Speakers:

    Mr. Paul Secor

  • Wed - 1:15pm - 2:00pm

    UTeach Engineering

    With funding from the National Science Foundation, The University of Texas has developed the next generation of high school engineering design and problem solving. Created by a team of engineers, learning scientists, and secondary educators, Engineer Your World engages students in authentic engineering practices as they discover what engineering is, what engineers do, and the impact that engineers have on our world.

    Speakers:

    Ms. Cheryl Farmer

  • Wed - 2:00pm - 2:05pm

    Closing Remarks

    Mr. Paul Secor will provide a short summary of the sessions from this day and provide instructions on how to enter the Expo and connect with speakers, organizations, and vendors.

    Speakers:

    Mr. Paul Secor

  • Wed - 2:05pm - 5:00pm

    Expo Hall: Meet with Speakers, STEM Organizations, and Vendors

    To enter the virtual expo CLICK HERE to be transported to Expo Page. Once there, enter your email address , along with the password "STEM123". This will provide you instant access to the expo.


    The Virtual Expo is a unique experience that will enable you to visit virtual expo booths featuring speakers from that day. When visiting these booths, you can download brochures, instructional materials, and other information. In addition, while inside you can also publicly text chat with the booth owner and other attendees to interact, network, and learn more. MOST IMPORTANTLY --> You can engage in a private one-on-one webcam chat with the booth owner. This gives you the chance to meet face-to-face to ask important questions that are relevant to you and your organization, and connect personally.

    To enter the virtual expo CLICK HERE to be transported to Expo Page. Once there, enter your email address , along with the password "STEM123".

    Speakers:

    Dr. Jennifer Childress

    Dr. Melanie Moses

    Mr. Mark Kobel

    Mr. Paul Secor

    Ms. Cheryl Farmer

    Ms. Katie Magrane

    Ms. Thea Sahr

  • CONFERENCE DAY 1 - November 17 -

  • Tue - 11:00am - 11:05am

    Opening Remarks

    Learn how to ask questions during the sessions, download powerpoint presentations, participate in the virtual expo, and get access to recordings afterward! Mr. Paul Secor promises to explain all of this in under 5 minutes!

    Speakers:

    Mr. Paul Secor

  • Tue - 11:05am - 11:45am

    Keynote Address: Putting the Forgotten 'E' Back Where it Belongs! - Dr. Ioannis M. Miaoulis

    In 1775, Paul Revere, traveled from Boston to deliver one of the most important "wake up calls" in American History. More than 200 years later, Dr. Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis , President of the Museum of Science, Boston, started delivering a "wake up call" of his own in that same city - to put Engineering back in STEM where it belongs! He has continued to spread that message across the United States and throughout the world. "Most of the curriculum in schools focuses on the natural world and very little focuses on the human-made world. However, 98% of the things we deal with on a daily basis are human made, but the curriculum of our schools does not really cover this," states Miaoulis. He often illustrates this point with a painfully obvious example "We spend countless hours teaching kids about grasshoppers, but will teach them nothing about how a car works - something they will likely use or ride in for the rest of their life," he adds. Dr. Miaoulis will explain how we can change this through deliberate and tangible actions at every level of education. If you want to start the day inspired, this is the session that will make that happen!

    Speakers:

    Dr. Ioannis Miaoulis

  • Tue - 11:45am - 12:30pm

    How to Rally YOUR Local Engineering Movement - Panel Discussion

    Experienced STEM Advocates will teach you how you can build an Engineering movement starting in your local community and extending all the way up to the halls of Congress. Ms. Liz Parry will reveal the keys to building a grassroots movement in your local district. Dr. Yvonne Spicer will explain how to get your State Education officials and elected representatives to include Engineering in state K12 standards, and Ms. Patti Curtis will give you insights on how to work with you congressional representatives to make sure Engineering Education is headed in the right direction nationally.

    Speakers:

    Dr. Yvonne Spicer

    Ms. Liz Parry

    Ms. Patti Curtis

  • Tue - 12:30pm - 1:15pm

    District Changes - The Gateway Project

    Dr. Yvonne Spicer will discuss how you can get Engineering in all grades of your district. Students can benefit from a cohesive experience that encourages learning STEM. There is no one solution. Learn about the NCTL's Gateway Project that helps entire districts to bring Engineering into their schools.

    Speakers:

    Dr. Yvonne Spicer

  • Tue - 1:15pm - 2:00pm

    How to Get Classroom-Tested Engineering Curricula into Your Middle and High Schools

    What are the Practices of Science and Engineering? How does Engineering connect with Math? How can you give all of your students Engineering experiences that they enjoy? Which teacher should teach Engineering? Dr. Cary Sneider and Dr. Peter Wong will lead a discussion on what Engineering looks like in the classroom based on curricula and activities that they have developed.

    Speakers:

    Dr. Cary Sneider

    Dr. Peter Wong

  • Tue - 2:00pm - 2:05pm

    Closing Remarks

    Ms. Mary Baker will provide a short summary of the sessions from this day and provide instructions on how to enter the Expo and connect with speakers, organizations, and vendors.

    Speakers:

    Ms. Mary Baker

  • Tue - 2:05pm - 5:00pm

    Expo Hall: Meet with Speakers, STEM Organizations, and Vendors

    To enter the virtual expo CLICK HERE to be transported to Expo Page. Once there, enter your email address , along with the password "STEM123". This will provide you instant access to the expo.


    The Virtual Expo is a unique experience that will enable you to visit virtual expo booths featuring speakers from that day. When visiting these booths, you can download brochures, instructional materials, and other information. In addition, while inside you can also publicly text chat with the booth owner and other attendees to interact, network, and learn more. MOST IMPORTANTLY --> You can engage in a private one-on-one webcam chat with the booth owner. This gives you the chance to meet face-to-face to ask important questions that are relevant to you and your organization, and connect personally.

    To enter the virtual expo CLICK HERE to be transported to Expo Page. Once there, enter your email address , along with the password "STEM123".

    Speakers:

    Dr. Cary Sneider

    Dr. Merredith Portsmore

    Dr. Yvonne Spicer

    Ms. Liz Parry

    Ms. Nicole O’Neil

    Ms. Patti Curtis

  • CONFERENCE DAY 2 - November 18 -

  • Wed - 11:00am - 11:05am

    Opening Remarks

    Mr. Paul Secor will review how participants can interact with the sessions.

    Speakers:

    Mr. Paul Secor

  • Wed - 11:05am - 11:45am

    Keynote Address: All the Cool Technologies from NASA Swamp Works Lab


    If you thought the technologies Matt Damon used in the movie The Martian, wait to you see the real stuff that is at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Swamp Works Lab. This facility is working on what NASA refers to as "In Situ Resource Utilization", or what in layman's terms - "living off the land on another planet. " Attendees will get an inside and close up tour of the lab from NASA representatives Rob Mueller and Kurt Leucht, who will showcase: - Autonomous Quad Copters that can be used to explore craters - Swarming Robots that can be used to search for resources - Electrostatic technology that can be used to repel dust - A test bed filled with 120 tons of moon soil simulant, that is used to test technologies - and more! Tours of NASA Swamp Works are limited to just a few per year, so this is a very special opportunity. Plus, attendees will have the ability to ask questions and get real time answers from NASA engineers and scientists who are directly responsible for developing these awesome technologies.
    Speakers:

    Mr. Kurt Leucht

    Mr. Rob Mueller

  • Wed - 11:45am - 12:30pm

    Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) - Panel Discussion

    During this session, you will hear about NGSS, a state that has adopted NGSS, and one who hasn't, but still has Engineering. Dr. Jennifer Childress, Director, Instructional Support, Science with Achieve, will give you a complete overview of NGSS. Ms. Suzanne Goldstein from the California Alliance for Next Generation Science Standards (CA4NGSS) will talk about how the standards adoption process happened in California, the priorities and challenges that are emerging as schools and districts begin to implement the new standards, and what CA4NGSS is doing to raise awareness and build capacity to support a successful transition. Mr. Mark Kobel will discuss how Massachusettes did not adopt NGSS, but rather implemented other science standards which include a particular emphasis on Engineering education.

    Speakers:

    Dr. Jennifer Childress

    Mr. Mark Kobel

    Ms. Suzanne Goldstein

  • Wed - 12:30pm - 1:15pm

    STEM Grant Opportunities

    The speaker for this session is Mr. Paul Secor. He is a certified Grant Writer and a member of the American Grant Writers Association. He is President and Founder of Secor Strategies, LLC, which has won more than $6.3 million in grant funding for his clients, and has been especially successful in writing grants and managing programs focused on STEM Education. The company has also coordinated several STEM Education program for NASA, K-12 schools, universities, state government, and non-profit organizations. This session discussion will include 1) Mapping out a Big Picture Strategy for Your Organization, 2) Funding Opportunities You Can Apply to Now, and 3) Hidden Secrets to Writing Winning Proposals.

    Speakers:

    Mr. Paul Secor

  • Wed - 1:15pm - 2:00pm

    Informal Science

    Engage your students in engineering projects in afterschool settings, clubs, and online. Learn about the range of DiscoverE programs from Ms. Thea Sahr, the NASA Swarmathon project for High School and College students from Dr. Melanie Moses, and the Zero Robotics Program that is connected with the US National Lab on the International Space Station from Ms. Katie Magrane.

    Speakers:

    Dr. Melanie Moses

    Ms. Katie Magrane

    Ms. Thea Sahr

  • Wed - 2:00pm - 2:05pm

    Closing Remarks

    Ms. Mary Baker will provide a short summary of the sessions from this day and provide instructions on how to enter the Expo and connect with speakers, organizations, and vendors.

    Speakers:

    Ms. Mary Baker

  • Wed - 2:05pm - 5:00pm

    Expo Hall: Meet with Speakers from the day!

    To enter the virtual expo CLICK HERE to be transported to Expo Page. Once there, enter your email address , along with the password "STEM123". This will provide you instant access to the expo.


    The Virtual Expo is a unique experience that will enable you to visit virtual expo booths featuring speakers from that day. When visiting these booths, you can download brochures, instructional materials, and other information. In addition, while inside you can also publicly text chat with the booth owner and other attendees to interact, network, and learn more. MOST IMPORTANTLY --> You can engage in a private one-on-one webcam chat with the booth owner. This gives you the chance to meet face-to-face to ask important questions that are relevant to you and your organization, and connect personally.

    To enter the virtual expo CLICK HERE to be transported to Expo Page. Once there, enter your email address , along with the password "STEM123".

    Speakers:

    Dr. Jennifer Childress

    Dr. Melanie Moses

    Mr. Mark Kobel

    Mr. Paul Secor

    Ms. Cheryl Farmer

    Ms. Katie Magrane

    Ms. Thea Sahr

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