Making STEM Connections: Thriving in a Digital World

6/8/2021, 6/9/2021, 6/10/2021
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Registration open through 6/2/2021 11:59 PM EST



Making Connections: Thriving in a Digital World, is a fully digital STEM conference being put on by the Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Learning that celebrates and amplifies innovations in remote and blended STEM education. Teachers and administrators are invited to partake in:

  • Three engaging days of professional learning sessions led by over 30 partner organizations.
  • Attend discussion panels that reflect on the current and future state of STEM education.
  • Interactive expo with 40+ STEM partner organizations

Aspects of STEM Conference

Professional Learning Session(s): Throughout the event, organizations will provide professional learning sessions in the afternoon of June 8, 9, or 10. On average, each session will be about 45-50 minutes in length, allow for interactivity among participants and demonstrate alignment with one of the four professional learning themes articulated below.

  • STEM for All: STEM experiences that challenge and engage all students, including students who are multilingual learners and students with disabilities
  • Best Practices in Blended STEM Instruction: STEM-focused resources, experiences and activities that can be used in a hybrid or fully-remote setting.
  • Make it and Take It: STEM resources that teachers can take and implement as designed or adapt to meet the needs of their students.
  • Leveraging STEM to Address Unfinished Learning: Using STEM as an opportunity to address unfinished learning in the content disciplines (e.g., capstones projects, interdisciplinary)

STEM Roundtable Panel Discussions:
The goal of these moderated, theme specific discussions is to introduce the audience to STEM and create a space for their stories to be told.

Digital Platform Features

This event will be held in Virbela; an interactive virtual reality platform and will provide participants with opportunities to learn, network, and be inspired for the 2021-22 school year. Throughout the conference, participants will have the opportunity to engage in sessions hosted in 3 mains areas.

  • The Expo Hall- provides separate areas for our STEM partners to meet with educators to discuss their programming and share resources.
  • We have four conference halls which will be used for the professional learning sessions and can seat up to 144 participants. Each room is equipped with multiple presentation stations. In this digital space, participants will have an opportunity to engage in small group turn and talks about what they are learning.
  • The Auditorium which is where we will hold the welcome address, PL sessions and panel discussions. In this space, there are three presentation screens on stage which can show different images, video (recorded or live stream), websites and/or interactive activities. Participants will have the functionality to use the chat during the presentation and then ask questions directly after the presentation is over.


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