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Connecticut STEM Conference

STEM Conference 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

This fourth annual conference will draw educators from throughout the region at the exciting Connecticut Science Center to explore and discuss classroom ideas and innovations for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) curricula.

Registration is now closed. Please join us next year!
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TWO keynote speakers

Bruce DixonBruce Dixon is an educational innovator, social entrepreneur, youth advocate, former corporate director, motivational speaker and current Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program (CPEP).

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Dixon's keynote at the 2015 Connecticut STEM Conference is titled, "STEMovation."

Description: 21st century scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as our nation addresses the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students must develop their capabilities in STEM to new levels. In March 2015, the Obama administration announced that increasing the number of students who receive undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math by 1 million over the next decade is a national imperative. This talk will explore innovative practices to help inspire and prepare students to earnestly pursue STEM careers. Participants will leave their comfort zones as we challenge ourselves to push against some strongly held beliefs associated with STEM and innovation. We will laugh, maybe cry and leave with a new sense of what is possible for our students!


Ainissa Ramirez is a self-described science evangelist who is passionate about getting the general public excited about science. She co-authored Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America’s Game and authored Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists.

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At the 2015 Connecticut STEM conference, Ramirez will speak on "Why We Need STEM Superheroes." 

Description: The 21st century needs a new kind of learner—one that can think expansively and solve problems resourcefully. Yet, many students do not get an opportunity to exercise these muscles in this age of assessment. This situation underscores the importance of making STEM fun and engaging, and makes the role of science teachers more critical than ever. In this talk, Ramirez will make a call to action to all science educators to infuse passion into the learning experiences they create to ignite curiosity in their students. She will invite audience members to get in touch with their inner superhero to help save STEM education.

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  • Bloomfield Public Schools
  • Connecticut Science Center
  • Hartford Public Schools
  • University of Hartford’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions
  • West Hartford Public Schools

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