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The 2015 Connecticut STEM Conference Seeks to Inspire and Motivate STEM Educators


Posted 10/01/2015
Posted by David Isgur


Ainissa Ramirez, a self-described science evangelist who is passionate about getting the general public excited about science, will deliver one of the two keynote addresses at the 2015 Connecticut STEM Conference.

Ainissa Ramirez, a self-described science evangelist who is passionate about getting the general public excited about science, will deliver one of the two keynote addresses at the 2015 Connecticut STEM Conference.

Bruce Dixon, an educational innovator, social entrepreneur, youth advocate, and former corporate director, is currently chief executive officer of the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program (CPEP).

Bruce Dixon, an educational innovator, social entrepreneur, youth advocate, and former corporate director, is currently chief executive officer of the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program (CPEP).

The fourth annual Connecticut STEM conference will draw educators from throughout the region to the Connecticut Science Center on Monday, Oct. 5, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., to explore and discuss classroom ideas and innovations for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) curricula. The conference will feature keynote addresses by Ainissa Ramirez, an author and former associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Yale University, who describes herself as “a science evangelist who is passionate about getting the general public excited about science” and Bruce Dixon, an educational innovator and chief executive officer of the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program (CPEP).

There will also be a multitude of workshops and presentations by educators and those employed in STEM fields, all aimed at giving classroom teachers more tools and information for enhancing STEM education in their classrooms.

The 2015 Connecticut STEM Conference is sponsored by the University of Hartford’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, Bloomfield Public Schools, West Hartford Public Schools, Hartford Public Schools, and the Connecticut Science Center.  For more information, contact enhp@hartford.edu or 860.768.5378 or visit www.ctsciencecenter.org/STEM2015

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.

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. At the Connecticut STEM conference, Ramirez will explain “Why We Need STEM Superheroes.”  She believes 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.  (For more information, visit her bio at http://www.ainissaramirez.com/bio.html.)

Ramirez will deliver the morning keynote talk at 8:50 a.m.

Keynote speaker Bruce 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). His keynote address at the 2015 Connecticut STEM Conference is titled, “STEMovation.”  His talk will explore innovative practices to help inspire and prepare students to earnestly pursue STEM careers. Participants will leave their comfort zones as he will challenge attendees 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,” he says.  (For more information, visit his bio at http://www.hartford.edu/enhp/files/pdf/brucedixon_bio.pdf)

Dixon will deliver the afternoon keynote talk at 1 p.m.

Ainissa Ramirez, a self-described science evangelist who is passionate about getting the general public excited about science, will deliver one of the two keynote addresses at the 2015 Connecticut STEM Conference.

Ainissa Ramirez, a self-described science evangelist who is passionate about getting the general public excited about science, will deliver one of the two keynote addresses at the 2015 Connecticut STEM Conference.

Bruce Dixon, an educational innovator, social entrepreneur, youth advocate, and former corporate director, is currently chief executive officer of the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program (CPEP).

Bruce Dixon, an educational innovator, social entrepreneur, youth advocate, and former corporate director, is currently chief executive officer of the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program (CPEP).