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STEM Educators to Convene at UNCW for Annual K-12 Education Conference

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The UNCW Watson College of Education is pleased to again host the Annual STEM Education Teacher Conference on Friday, Jan. 6.

Sponsored by WCE’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Center, the all-day event brings STEM leaders from business and education together to provide professional development for K-12 teachers and administrators.

“Our aim is to help teachers incorporate STEM education into their classrooms by exposing them to innovative tools and activities to stimulate their students’ curiosity in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math,” said CESTEM interim director Chris Gordon. “Teachers will extend their own content knowledge and leave with hands-on, practical applications to integrate lessons across STEM disciplines.”

Faculty from the Watson College and the College of Arts and Sciences, local business leaders, state organization professionals and other educators will deliver presentations to help teachers incorporate STEM and digital education into the classroom. Participants will learn about current best practices, recently adopted STEM attributes, and methods to pursue STEM school recognition and grant opportunities.

In addition to workshops and roundtable discussions, speakers include:

  • Bonnie Monteleone, executive director of the Plastic Ocean Project, administrative assistant and Plastic Marine Debris Research Lab assistant in UNCW’s Department of Biochemistry and Chemistry (morning session keynote)
  • José Garcia, director of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for Greene County Schools (lunch keynote)

Complete conference information and registration link can be found online.

-- Caroline Cropp

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Caption info: More than 150 area teachers attended the 2016 STEM Education Teacher Conference. UNCW is hosting the event for the third year in a row on Jan. 6.