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  • 2016 CT STEM Conference
    2016 CT STEM Conference

    Presenter Anthony Truss instructs participants in hardware-based computer science.

  • 2016 CT STEM Conference
    2016 CT STEM Conference

    The "State of STEM Education" panel discussed inquiry-based learning.

  • 2016 CT STEM Conference
    2016 CT STEM Conference

    Math and Engineering practices come to life in "The M in STEM" presentation.

  • 2016 CT STEM Conference

    Dean David Goldenberg shares why ENHP's participation in the CT STEM Conference is so important.


2016 Connecticut STEM Conference

Educators from across the region converged at the Connecticut Science Center for a day of exploration, discussion, and learning at the fifth annual Connecticut STEM Conference. The day provided a forum for regional educators to engage in discussions and further their skills surrounding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education.


  • Welcome address by Dianna Wentzell, Connecticut Commissioner of Education. Wentzell told participants “The State Board of Education will take the necessary steps to support expansion of access to high-quality math and STEM programming for all students.”
  • “The State of STEM Education” keynote panel followed moderated by Meteorologist Mark Dixon. Panelists included:

The Connecticut Science Center
Nick Balisciano, STEM Program Director

Hartford Public Schools
Sandra Inga, PK-12 STEM Director, Physical Education and Health Education

West Hartford Public Schools
Sharon Zajack, STEM Specialist, Florence E. Smith STEM School (P-5)

University of Hartford
Jean McGivney-Burelle, Professor of Mathematics,Executive Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation and University of Hartford Campus Director of the NASA Space Grant Consortium

State of Connecticut, Department of Education
Melissa Hickey, Reading/Literacy Director

  • Keynote Speaker Joanne Berger-Sweeney, President of Trinity College and a Professor of Neuroscience. Sweeney emphasized the importance of a STEM Education. “So many of the complex questions in the 21st century require knowledge of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields,” she said.
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Corporate sponsors

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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

CONFERENCE exhibitors

  • Connecticut Invention Convention
  • Connecticut State Department of Education
  • JoVE
  • National Geographic Learning
  • Pearson
  • Texas Instruments
  • University of Hartford