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Annual Connecticut STEM Conference to Focus on Building Institutional Teaching Partnerships


Posted 10/01/2014
Posted by David Isgur


Careers in the global workforce continue to rely more heavily upon preparation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). So the University of Hartford's College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) and its community partners — Hartford Public Schools, Saint Francis Care, East Hartford Public Schools, West Hartford Public Schools, and the Connecticut Science Center are sponsoring the 2014 Connecticut STEM Conference with an eye toward forming strong relationships between STEM educators and institutions that rely on STEM knowledge to succeed. The conference will be held at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford on Monday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This third annual conference will once again bring together more than 200 experienced STEM educators from 40 Connecticut school districts and provide them with 30 presentations on developing STEM curricula partnerships with organizations such as the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Office of Naval Research and LIMBS International, Inc., a non-profit organization that works with prosthetic clinics around the world and which is working with a University of Hartford faculty-student team to develop prosthetic limb services in developing countries.

The conference will also include presentations by students from Hartford’s Academy of Engineering and Green Technology and the University High School of Science and Engineering. The students from the Academy made national headlines for their design and construction of a solar-and-wind-powered turbine that brought electricity to a school in the remote Himalayan village of Saldang, Nepal. The students at UHSSE gained notoriety for their design and construction of low-cost prosthetic arms as part of a project for LIMBS International, Inc.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Ellen Doris, Ed.D., faculty at Antioch University, who writes for both teachers and children. Among her publications are, Doing What Scientists Do and Life at the Top: Discoveries in a Tropical Forest Canopy.

In this year’s conference, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • look for STEM curricular projects to incorporate immediately;
  • explore community partnership opportunities in STEM;
  • consider applications of STEM-related products or services;
  • examine the latest research on learning in simulation/virtual environments; and
  • learn how to generate student interest in STEM careers.

The Connecticut STEM Conference, now in its third year, is an example of the initiatives emerging from ENHP’s Institute for Translational Research.

For more information, contact Valerie Gilleran in the ENHP dean’s office at 860.768.5378 or gilleran@hartford.edu.