CHEYENNE – Educators joining this year’s 2016 Roadmap to STEM Conference can expect three whirlwind days of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) experiences, active learning, and practical classroom ideas. The conference convenes at Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC) in Rock Springs August 1-3.
“Wyoming needs to be all in when it comes to STEM education,” said State Superintendent Jillian Balow. “Our kids need to be ready for and excited about jobs in STEM fields, and this conference puts educators and industry together so we can make sure Wyoming students can fill these high-demand jobs.”
WWCC President Karla Leach said the college is at the crossroads of STEM education, providing students with the skills they need for the jobs of the future. “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs prepare students for careers that not only pay well and are in demand in Wyoming and throughout the nation, but that also serve critical roles in America’s energy, technology, manufacturing, communications, education, and healthcare fields.”
The theme this year is “Inspiring Wonder,” which is a perfect description for what we have in store for attendees,” said Tonya Gerharter, WDE Education Consultant.
Illusionist and World Magic Champion Jason Latimer kicks off the event, combining magic and impossible science. Attendees will also have opportunities to learn about everything from earth science data visualizations to engineering, and robotics to storm chasing using a mobile doppler system.
There is something for everyone in the general sessions. Participants have 60 and 75 minute session options including but not limited to: life sciences, robotics, earth sciences, engineering, language arts, makerspaces and much more. Tuesday afternoon will be fun-filled with STEM experiences including a guided tour to Ft. Bridger, Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, and the Jim Bridger Generating Station, to name a few.
The Share-A-Thon is an opportunity for teachers, students, business and industry partners to share their wares. These might be a STEM activity used in a classroom, opportunities in industry that could connect with the classroom or products and services that align with STEM education.
Information about the conference and registration can be found at: https://edu.wyoming.gov/inside-the-wde/communications/news/2015-2/march/stem-2015/
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Kari Eakins, Communications Director