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|The 2017 STEM Summit featured keynote speaker Congressman Ruben Hinojosa who addressed the need for strengthening STEM education in the Rio Grande Valley via a new regional slogan - STEM&ME (Medical and Energy). As emerging trends in healthcare and energy along with technology-based industries offer rewarding career opportunities, Congressman Hinojosa offers an inclusive vision for STEM education that encourages stronger partnerships among regional entities to form sustainable, long-term, transformational models for STEM Education to encourage participation from all student groups and underrepresented populations.|
The STEM Center of South Texas extends a gracious thank you to all attendees of the 2nd Annual South Texas STEM Summit hosted by the Region One ESC. STEM programs of all types benefited from learning experiences under the theme “Connected Minds, Connected Futures.” The Summit featured two days carefully designed to serve multiple needs.
2018 Conference Registration: Looking ahead, the registration fee ($TBA) will be waived for all accepted proposals for the 2018 Summit. The deadline for registration will be February, 2018. Please check back for an updated link to submit a proposal and registration.
Hotel Reservations -
Participants will have until February 10, 2018 to make hotel reservations at the group rate. Feel free to call the hotel at (956) 761 - 6511 or toll-free (800) 292-7704 to speak with the reservation department. Please refer to the Region One STEM Conference in order to receive the discounted rate. The cabana rate over this time frame are available. The rate for the STEM Conference is yet to be determined.
2017 STEM SUMMIT STRANDS
If you are searching for ways to immediately and effectively apply STEM education in a K–12 setting or to implement STEM as a best practice, you should plan to attend this event. Attending the Annual STEM Summit of South Texas, hosted by the Region One ESC, provides networking opportunities to learn and interact with vendors, colleagues, and other entities vested in strengthening STEM education in the region.
Proposal Submission Link: Pending for 2018
STEM-Elem (Elementary Strand)
Taking advantage of a child’s natural curiosity is a cornerstone for STEM education. We simply need to provide learning environments that allow a child’s innate curiosity to flourish, and harness their sense of wonder to ask questions as they begin to understand the world around them. STEM literacy is age-independent. Students at any level can benefit from innovative experiences that focus on open-ended questions to spur active exploration, meaningful play, and natural investigation opportunities of the real world. Foundational skills (teamwork, critical-thinking, collaboration, and presentation) in the early years set the tone for higher levels of mastery in years to come, especially in the areas of science and math. Confidence in STEM translates to personal confidence to meet any challenge. The STEM-Elem strand will feature sessions to learn how to integrate instructional strategies, tools, and techniques to build a strong STEM classroom culture that benefits all children.
STEM-Mid (Middle School Strand)
Navigating through middle school can be a stressful time for children. A period of time marked by many changes in adolescence, helping students navigate through middle school is a perfect opportunity to reinforce skills sets that may lead to rewarding STEM careers. All students deserve an opportunity to experience quality learning experiences to explore their interest and develop competencies in the STEM subjects. The STEM-Mid strand will feature sessions to help build interest in STEM careers and develop a STEM program recognized for creativity, innovation, communication, and collaboration via projects that are both personally meaningful and anchored to solid learning goals and academic content.
STEM-High (High School Strand)
As we prepare high school students to enter the workforce and college, students must not only understand but apply their understanding in the context of real-world problem solving. Nowhere is this more important than in STEM for grades 9–12. STEM endorsement pathways in computer science, healthcare, engineering, and many other areas depend on solid core knowledge in math, science,and technology, but also on employable skills such as communication, research, critical-thinking, and problem-solving. The sessions in this strand will highlight innovative, hands-on, student-centered approaches to STEM topics that cross many subject boundaries. For STEM administrators - Successful STEM programs at the primary and secondary levels require short and long-range goals. General sessions in project based learning, capstone course design and implementation, and STEM endorsement graduation requirements will be offered as part of this strand.
|STEAM Art Challenge|
The 2017 South Texas STEM Summit featured an exciting STEAM inspired Art Contest. As the STE"A"M concept continues to gain momentum, educators embrace artistic creativity as a fundamental form of expression that supports the development of 21st century skills. By engaging in STEAM artistic experiences, students understand both function and form in design.
2017 STEM EXHIBITORS
2018 Partner/Exhibitor Registration: TBA
The Region One ESC welcomes partnerships among community, business/industry, and education-focused entities to connect preK–16 schools and universities to valuable resources. Local, state, and national entities are invited to showcase preK–16 initiatives that have been successfully implemented and have demonstrated positive outcomes.
Exhibitors are free to display materials and resources during the 2 day event during conference hours (8:00 am to 4:00 pm). If you are interested in serving as a sponsor, please contact Dalia Gracia at firstname.lastname@example.org, (956) 984-6242 for payment and registration.
$500 for all companies and organizations
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