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2013 Connecticut STEM Conference

In the months prior to the October 2013 Connecticut STEM Conference, the dean's conference room in Hillyer 252 became headquarters for planning meetings with committee members from Hartford Public Schools, Saint Francis Care, the Connecticut Science Center, East Hartford Public Schools, and, joining the committee in 2013, West Hartford Public Schools.

The result: Over 300 educators from throughout Connecticut (see map representing state registration) came together on Monday, October 7, at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford for the 2013 Connecticut STEM Conference. They had an exclusive opportunity to visit exhibits throughout the Connecticut Science Center including the special exhibit, Bodies Revealed.  Professor of Education at Boston University Suzanne Chapin shared her work in a keynote address on The Importance of Classroom Talk in the Age of the Common Core State Standards. Twenty four presentations were offered throughout the day that supported one of the following four conference strands:

  • The Future Starts Now: Elementary STEM
  • The Future is Here: Secondary STEM
  • Expanding Career Potential: School Counselors and STEM
  • Informed Practice: Using Research and Assessment in STEM
Many of the presentations were hands-on workshops that provided educators with age-appropriate curriculum projects to support STEM education.

STEM Workshop

This year, two of the workshops involved College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions teacher candidates. They lead participants in an exploration of the application of STEM principles in the design of cardboard arcade games and the use of iPad technology.

To learn more about the conference and plans for the Monday, October 6, 2014 conference, contact  Kevin Ball, associate dean for research and community, at itr@hartford.edu.

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