Schedule of Events for the 2018 Tennessee STEM Innovation Summit and STEMxChange

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
8:00 AM  – 8:30 AM Registration
8:30 AM  – 8:45 AM Welcome and Introductions
8:45 AM  – 9:25 AM Commissioner Candice McQueen Presents the Tennessee Designated STEM School Awards
9:25 AM  – 10:30 AM Keynote Address by Grant Imahara
10:30 AM  – 11:00 AM Networking and Visit the ORNL Traveling Science Fair
11:00 AM  – 11:45 AM Breakout Sessions 1
11:45 AM  – 12:45 PM Lunch
12:45 PM  – 1:30 PM Breakout Sessions 2
1:45 PM  – 2:30 PM Breakout Sessions 3
2:30 PM  – 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM  – 3:45 PM Breakout Sessions 4
3:45 PM  – 4:00 PM Closing Remarks and Door Prizes in the Nashville Ballroom
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
8:00 AM  – 8:30 AM Registration
8:30 AM  – 8:45 AM Welcome and Morning Remarks in the Nashville Ballroom
8:45 AM  – 9:25 AM STEM Excellence Awards and MakerMinded Prizes
9:25 AM  – 10:30 AM Keynote Address by NASA Astronaut Joseph Acaba
10:30 AM  – 11:00 AM Networking and Visit the ORNL Traveling Science Fair
11:00 AM  – 11:45 AM Breakout Sessions 5
11:45 AM  – 12:45 PM Lunch
12:45 PM  – 1:30 PM Breakout Sessions 6
1:45 PM  – 2:30 PM Breakout Sessions 7
2:30 PM  – 3:00 PM Closing Remarks and Door Prizes in the Nashville Ballroom

 

Learning Session Descriptions

Breakout Sessions 1 – Tuesday, May 8 at 11:00 am


STEM Inquiry Activities Yield Students Prepared for a Competitive Job Market
Tracy Anderson, Northwest Middle School, Knoxville
Claudeen Denning, Rose Park Magnet Middle, Nashville
Track: Engaging Underrepresented Students in STEM
Recommended Audience: Middle School Educators
Children are our future employers and employees! Sample favorite hands-on, inquiry-rich STEM activities that excite students (including 3-D printers, Science Olympiad, and other competitions), and reveal possibilities for their future careers. Take away several lessons you can use right away in class, and ideas to infuse more inquiry and career connections into your lesson plans.

“Learn by Doing” the 4-H Way!
Lisa Vasser, University of Tennessee W.P. Ridley 4-H Center, Columbia
Daniel Sarver, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Track: Community Partnerships
Recommended Audience: Middle School Educators
Learn how to catapult youth into lifelong learning with the 4-H “Learn by Doing” philosophy. For over 100 years, 4-H educators have inspired youth to learn STEM principles by doing fun projects designed to actively inspire them to learn more. Come find out what the “Game of Thrown” is, and the STEM principles behind this and other exciting hands-on 4-H STEM activities!

STEMx Session: Challenge Grants Panel
Jill Lansing, New York; Susie Teague, South Carolina; Gay Stewart, West Virginia
Track: Community Partnerships
Recommended Audience: All Educators
Last Fall, the National STEMx network launched the Challenge Grant Program to provide states with up to $15,000 to develop solutions to pressing STEM education issues. Join STEMx state leaders to learn how the program coalesced partners around solving a pressing state issue in computer science, workforce develop, and state-level “Grand Challenges.”

Stop Bogus Science Before It Erodes STEM Thinking
Lea Bartch and Cherry Ross
Overall Creek Elementary, Murfreesboro
Track: School Culture
Recommended Audience: Elementary and Middle School Educators
Need ideas for banning bogus science and promoting authentic discovery and understanding? In this session, learn how one school re-designed professional development to be based in genuine science practice and crosscutting concepts, resulting in deeper conceptual understanding for all.

Getting Creative with Chromebooks: Boosting Student Engagement through Technology
Mary Coulter, Midway High School, Kingston
Track: Innovative Instructional Strategies
Recommended Audience: All Educators
As technology becomes more and more ubiquitous in our classrooms, it’s essential that teachers have unique strategies for engaging students. In this session, we will demonstrate how to incorporate programs such as WikiPages, video software, and simulations into your classroom environment. Bring your own device to practice using the apps we discuss.

Incorporating Geospatial Technologies into the Classroom
Kurt Butefish, Tennessee Geographic Alliance, Knoxville
Michael Camponovo, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Track: STEM Career Awareness
Recommended Audience: All Educators
Humans have been making maps for thousands of years, but geospatial technologies have grown by leaps and bounds in our lifetime, and now permeate our daily lives. Learn what they encompass (Get the pun? A compass is a mapping tool!) and how to effectively incorporate geospacial tech into your classroom using problem-based learning tools designed for K-12 education, Story Maps and GeoInquiries. These tools are particularly effective for cross-curricular learning in English Language Arts. Bring your devices to play along!

 

Breakout Sessions 2 – Tuesday, May 8 at 12:45 pm


STEMx Session: Using Collaboration to Build Capacity and Increase STEM Engagement
Karen Peterson and Erin Hogeboom
National Girls Collaborative Project
Track: Engaging Underrepresented Groups in STEM
Audience: All Educators
Come learn about the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), a model for sustainable collaboration among cross-sector stakeholders. Participants will engage in hands-on activities designed to facilitate collaboration and leverage resources and expertise, learn about current research on the importance of collaboration, and be introduced to the free tools available from the National Girls Collaborative.

Partnerships for Innovation: Our School. Our Community. Our Future.
Sara Shaffer and Shanna Hensley
D-B EXCEL, Kingsport
Track: Community Partnerships
Recommended Audience: All Educators
“It takes a village to raise a child,” and therefore it takes a community to raise a school. Come participate in brainstorming activities with your colleagues to uncover how to utilize community partnerships to meet your school’s vision, while learning effective strategies to engage your community with student projects and work-based learning.

Out of the Library & Into the Classroom: Building a Maker Culture
Heather Henderlight and Callie Painter
Jefferson Middle School, Oak Ridge
Track: School Culture
Recommended Audience: All Educators
Makerspaces encourage learning through inventing and creating but have been traditionally constrained to school libraries. This hands-on session will inspire you to embrace the maker culture and provide strategies for developing standards-supported maker activities in your classroom.

The Extraordinaires: Leveraging Student Creativity in Engineering without Technology
Claire Williams McGee, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville
Track: Innovative Instructional Strategies
Recommended Audience: All Educators
Join the ranks of the Extraordinaires!, a design studio that engages student interest in engineering with open-ended guided questioning. The design studio lends itself to paper and pencil design that students can then take to the next level using basic makerspace items, found (free!) materials, or structured materials such as clay. You will leave this session with integrated lessons that can be implemented with zero cost to the classroom, as well as guides to assist in planning. The Extraordinaires! lessons align to the new Tennessee State Science Standards and are cross-curricular in ELA and Math.

Putting the Sizzle in STEAM
Cindy Moss, Discovery Education, Charlotte, NC
David Williams, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville
Track: Innovative Instructional Strategies
Recommended Audience: All Educators
In this session attendees will learn about how MNPS is using research-based STEAM strategies with their middle schools to engage all types of learners and infuse fun into classrooms. Attendees will be exposed to the data indicating this is a necessary step, lessons learned so far, and plans to take this initiative to scale. In the session participants will experience a short STEMersion to understand how STEM/STEAM relates to all content and grade levels. Attendees will also leave with access to free, digital resources to help them move forward on their STEM journey.

Role of Youth Engagement Programs in the STEM Pipeline
Elizabeth McClain, Adventure Science Center, Nashville
Chris Radek, Nashville Zoo, Nashville
Track: STEM Career Awareness
Recommended Audience: High School Educators
Youth Engagement Programs in informal learning environments aim to better prepare teens for STEM career pathways through directly involving youth in education, interpretation, and career exploration. This session will focus on two middle Tennessee programs, providing program outlines, example activities, and training strategies used in the Adventure Science Center “Youth CR3W” and Nashville Zoo “ZooTeen” programs.

 

Breakout Sessions 3 – Tuesday, May 8 at 1:45 pm


Inclusive STEM Collaboration
Natalie Beach and Angie Bilbrey
Prescott South Elementary School, Cookeville
Track: Engaging Underrepresented Students in STEM
Recommended Audience: Elementary and Middle School Educators
Gain tried and tested tips (in communication, visual supports, classroom structure, and academic scaffolding) for planning a STEM project to make it more accessible for students with disabilities, while highly effective for all learners, and more manageable for teachers.

STEMx Session: Dual Enrollment as a Recruitment and Retention Strategy
Natalie Beach and Angie Bilbrey
Jennifer Zinth, Education Commission of the States
Track: Engaging Underrepresented Students in STEM
Recommended Audience: All Educators
Research tells us that dual enrollment can play a powerful role in enhancing students’ postsecondary aspirations, enrolment, and completion. But can dual enrollment also play a role in increasing the number of female and underrepresented minority students in STEM degree programs? This session will explore what a dual enrollment program is, and what the key policy levers are related to access and finance. We will also discuss how to ensure course quality, with the goal of motivating students to pursue STEM credentials and degrees.

From Concept to Scale: How to Develop, Incubate, and Share Innovative Practices
Michael Stone, The Innovation Hub at the Public Education Foundation, Chattanooga
Tony Donen, STEM School Chattanooga, Chattanooga
Track: Community Partnerships
Recommended Audience: All Educators
In 2017-2018, Hamilton County Schools opened 8 digital fabrication labs, dubbed “Volkswagen eLabs,” with a $1 million investment from Volkswagen, in partnership with the State of Tennessee and the Public Education Foundation. Learn how the TSIN Southeast Tennessee STEM Hub works with STEM School Chattanooga to develop, incubate, and scale innovative practices from a platform school to the rest of the region. From Virtual reality to digital fabrication, Tony and Michael will share specific strategies to integrate these exciting new practices in any setting.

STEMx Session: Roadmap to Tennessee STEM School Designation
Brandi Stroecker and Sandy Watkins, Tennessee STEM Innovation Network
Track: School Culture
Recommended Audience: All Educators
Tennessee STEM School Designation was developed to provide a “roadmap” for schools to successfully implement a STEM education plan at the local level. The tools and resources created define the attributes necessary for a school, regardless of location, to create a comprehensive STEM learning environment for its students. Learn more about the process to become a designated Tennessee STEM School, recognized by the Tennessee Department of Education.

Beauty and the Beak – An Engineering Design Project Using Informational Texts and 3D Printing
Leslie Suters and Kristen Trent
TN Technological University, Knoxville
Track: Innovative Instructional Strategies
Recommended Audience: All Educators
Join us in a hands-on session that allows you to use engineering design to address the real-world problem of designing prosthetics for animals! Bring your own laptop to research and design a prosthetic limb for an “injured” pet (stuffed toy) using the online CAD program Tinkercad. We will 3D print your completed design and allow you to pick them up at a designated area after the session!

A Student in STEM: The Student’s Point of View About STEM Education
Hanna Selph, TSA Student Officer Coach and Junior at Hardin Valley Academy, Knoxville
Track: STEM Career Awareness
Recommended Audience: Middle and High School Teachers and Administrators
In this session, hear from Hannah Selph, a junior at Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville, as she tells her STEM story. From finding a Career Technical Education community in middle school to pursuing state and national STEM leadership opportunities in high school, Hannah is personally seeing how STEM can positively affect and motivate students. She will offer thoughts and ideas on how to get and keep students engaged in STEM, and why it is so important from a student’s perspective. Also, get a first-hand look at Tennessee Technology Student Association and all the benefits it has for both students and teachers.

 

Breakout Sessions 4 – Tuesday, May 8 at 3:00 pm


The Future Is Female…Coding for Girls!
Michelle Bettis, East Hamilton Middle High School, Ooltewah
Track: Engaging Underrepresented Students in STEM
Recommended Audience: All Educators
Is the lack of female representation in STEM classes at your school noticeable? What can you do to encourage females? Teach them to code! Successful skill-building in coding, combined with role models, hands-on opportunities, and real-world career connections, has been shown to increase girls’ confidence in math and science classrooms, develop their growth mindset towards all things STEM-related, and in turn raise the enrollment of females in STEM classes across the board. Bring your devices to play along!

STEMx Session: Computer Science: Becoming the Focus of STEM
Anthony Owen, Arkansas Department of Education and
Scott Smith, Arkansas Public School Resource Center, Arkansas
Track: Community Partnerships
Recommended Audience: All Educators
Through the bipartisan actions of the General Assembly and Governor, Arkansas led the nation by being the first state to offer computer science in every high school. The state is continuing to refine and implement a successful statewide CS initiative that is being replicated in other states. In this session, participants will learn how effective partnerships can support building an effective state K-12 CS initiative.

From Reaching to Reality: Developing a Sustainable STEM Culture
Catherine Jones and Kattie Nash
Prescott South Elementary STEM School, Cookeville
Track: School Culture
Recommended Audience: School Leaders
Learn an easy process to guide you through the development of a STEM implementation plan at your school, promoting a strong STEM school culture! Layers of STEM practices will be shared to spark ideas you can use upon returning to your own campus.

Cleverbots and Coding, OH MY!!!
Dr. Katrina Keene Senior Outreach Manager Wonder Workshop
Track: Innovative Instructional Strategies
Recommended Audience: Elementary and Middle School Educators
Robotics and coding are the newest rage to get more learners interested in computer science. Why should I use robotics and how does it relate to coding in my classroom you may be asking? Join the fun and come to this session to explore and discover how Dash, Dot, and Cue are rocking our student’s STEM worlds! Engage in unplugged activities to challenge-based learning, even higher tech computational thinking activities writing your own code magic text messages. These hands-on collaborative dynamic duo and transformative trio team activities will provide a strong coding knowledge base, to empower your student’s programming and coding pathways, while meeting digital fluency learning outcomes. Your mind will be spinning with new ideas of how to seamlessly integrate student-led challenges, aligned to thematic unit literacy activities, while inspiring your student’s critical thinking and problem-solving skills related to their world! *Sponsored Session

Dream It, Design It: Teaching the New TN Academic Science Standards through Design Challenges
Adrema Higgins and Jenni Mason
Sam Houston Elementary, Lebanon
Track: Innovative Instructional Strategies
Recommended Audience: Science Teachers in all Grades
Learn strategies to implement a STEM Design Task into your classroom using the new TN Academic Standards for Science. See how a Kindergarten teacher and a Fifth Grade Teacher incorporate STEM challenges in both of their classrooms, and how each teacher used different criteria, constraints, and rubrics to assess their students in each grade level.

Learning Blade for Exciting STEM Engagement
Leann Albert and Megan Criner
Lakeland Middle Preparatory School, Lakeland
Track: STEM Career Awareness
Audience: Middle School Educators
Learning Blade is a multi-disciplinary online learning tool that connects STEM career exploration and academic standards in thematic units. In this interactive demonstration, participants will see how Learning Blade is a helping hand in the middle school classroom, across subjects. Bring your devices to play along!

 

Breakout Sessions 5 – Wednesday, May 9 at 11:00 am


Hometown Pride: Inspiring Rural Students to Explore Local STEM Careers
Sharon Clark, East Side Intermediate School, Brownsville
Track: Engaging Underrepresented Students in STEM
Recommended Audience: Rural Educators in All Grades
In this session, we will explore ways to overcome common challenges for rural communities and develop strategies for encouraging students to explore local STEM careers. By the end of the session, teachers will be empowered to help their students learn more, achieve more, and be more.

Assets Matter: Developing Sustainable Financial Partnerships
Sylvia Pastor and Diane Ward
Roane State Community College, Harriman
Track: Community Partnerships
Recommended Audience: All Educators
Learn how community partnerships brought about the “Rural Communities STEM Initiative: Lab-in-a-Box” and brainstorm how to work with business partners in your community to incorporate hands-on STEM learning in your classroom.

STEMx Session: Taking on the STEM Grand Challenges: What might you learn from South Carolina’s approach?
Grace Doramus, Tom Peters, and Susie Teague, SC Coalition for Math and Science and 100kin10
Track: Community Partnerships
Recommended Audience: All Educators
South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Science (SCCMS) was awarded one of three “Challenge Grants” issued by STEMx and hosted the “Grand Challenges in SC STEM Summit” this past October in Columbia, SC. Summit dialog was centered on research conducted by 100Kin10, a national network committed to adding 100,000 excellent STEM teachers to U.S. classrooms by 2021. Their research seeks to identify root causes and possible actions to address the critical shortage of STEM teachers. Join us as we explore how ideas contributed by thought leaders from across South Carolina added to this knowledge base and are enabling the state to arrive at a common STEM language that will advance initiatives at all levels.

The Culture Club
Becky Ashe, L&N STEM Academy
George Ashe, Hardin Valley Academy STEM, Knoxville
Track: School Culture
Recommended Audience: All Educators
In this interactive session participants will hear how strong STEM cultures were created in two different school models (one whole school and one small learning community). Examining three critical components of culture, engaged learners will leave with multiple strategies and actions ready to be applied in any school setting and any grade level. Come find out why these presenters say “Culture eats strategy for lunch!”

The STEAM Book Cafe and Makerspace
Cristol Kapp and Beth Wilson
Red Bank Elementary, Chattanooga
Track: Innovative Instructional Strategies
Recommended Audience: Elementary Educators
The STEAM Book Cafe and Makerspace invites you to experience a fabulous selection of curated STEAM themed picture books. Participants will network and collaborate with peers and leave with a menu of fresh ideas for using picture books in your STEAM curriculum! Participants will have the option of participating in a wide variety of maker activities to encourage creativity and writing.

STEMx Session: MakerMinded for STEM Career Awareness
Heather Sherman, Ohio STEM Learning Network, Columbus, OH
Track: STEM Career Awareness
Recommended Audience: Middle and High School Educators
MakerMinded is a free program designed to help students learn about opportunities in fields they may not have considered before, like advanced-manufacturing and explore them through site visits, and hands on activities. MakerMinded has been engaging students in TN, OH, KY and MI. In this session, learn about MakerMinded’s success across states, and hear about opportunities to bring this program to your state through a new funding opportunity coordinated by STEMx.

 

Breakout Sessions 6 – Wednesday, May 9 at 12:45 pm


STEMx Session: The Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative
Brandi Stroecker and Evan Curran, Tennessee STEM Innovation Network
Track: Engaging Underrepresented Students in STEM
Recommended Audience: All Educators
Interested in place-based education? Hear how the Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative leverages PBE to increase rural educator’s capacity to connect with valuable expertise and access assets that focus on STEM locally. Join us to hear from current Collaborative members and how you can become involved!

Business Partnerships Bring STEM to Life with Modular LEGO Builds
Rob Porter
Cummins Filtration, Cookeville
Track: Community Partnerships
Recommended Audience: All Educators
Learn about working with business partners in your community as Cummins Filtration shares how they have partnered with the Millard Oakley STEM Center, Prescott Middle School, and Cookeville High School to advance STEM learning over the past 5 years. The Cummins Filtration STEM program uses Lego based hands-on STEM activities, which are easily paired with simple, industry-relevant demos for students!

TeamUP 2 GreenUp: Promoting a Sustainable School Culture
Tracy Leaks, Shelby County Schools, Memphis
Track: School Culture
Recommended Audience: All Educators
Participants will explore exciting and innovative strategies to engage students in sustainability efforts at school and learn how to conduct an energy audit of a school utilizing a STEM energy audit toolkit! Community partnerships that increase the environmental literacy of students will be explored.

SOLE-Student Organized Learning Environment
Nikki Russell and Mary Avans
Barger Academy, Chattanooga
Track: Innovative Instructional Strategies
Recommended Audience: All Educators
Have you had trouble finding the time to incorporate projects into your instruction? Join us to learn the benefits of a problem/project-based learning (PBL) unit by utilizing the SOLE (Student Organized Learning Environment) strategy, start to finish project process in 1 hour! We will share how this process can be customized to fit your classroom needs.

STEMx Session: Integrate STEM Career Awareness with Learning Blade
Joshua Sneideman, Learning Blade, Chattanooga
Track: STEM Career Awareness
Recommended Audience: Middle School Educators
The TSIN provides Learning Blade free of charge to all middle schools in TN to enhance access to a blended learning approach to STEM. In this session, participants will take part in a hands-on Learning Blade training to learn how to immediately integrate this web-based STEM career awareness program into their middle school activities. Bring your own device to demo both student and teacher accounts and walk away fully trained on the strategies for creating and managing student accounts. *Sponsored Session

Computer Coding in the Elementary Classroom
Kattie Nash and Carolyn Fox
Prescott South Elementary STEM School, Cookeville
Track: STEM Career Awareness
Recommended Audience: Elementary Educators
The ability to code and understand the power of computing is crucial for a student’s success in a hyper-connected world! Join us as we emphasize the “why” behind computer coding in the elementary classroom and have fun experiencing both unplugged and plugged coding activities!

 

Breakout Sessions 7 – Wednesday, May 9 at 1:45 pm


Purposeful Partnerships: Engaging Community Members in Family STEM Nights
Lynn Hodge and Frances Harper
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Track: Engaging Underrepresented Groups in STEM
Recommended Audience: All Educators
In this session, we will share the approach and lessons learned in designing and implementing Family STEM nights. Learn practical tips in building sustainable university and school partnerships through community events and explore activities that have been successful in making STEM more accessible to students and families!

STEMx Session: How Public Private Partnerships are Changing the Landscape of STEM in Idaho
Angela Hemmingway, Idaho STEM Action Center
Anne Seifert, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID
Track: Community Partnerships
Recommended Audience: All Educators
This interactive session will highlight successful approaches to STEM partnerships including providing mentorship and volunteer opportunities to serve in K-12 schools and out-of-school programs, expanding work-based experiential learning programs, expanding STEM and CS camps, competitions, and family events.

Our STEM-task-tic Journey to Becoming A STEM School
Tressa Sander and Erin Thurston
Jack Anderson Elementary, Hendersonville, TN
Track: School Culture
Recommended Audience: Elementary and Middle School Educators
Come discover the steps Jack Anderson Elementary took to becoming a STEM focused school. We are excited to share the key design elements that support project-based, interdisciplinary STEM instruction through a four-phase immersion process. If you are ready to start your own STEM journey or want to enhance your elementary STEM program, join us!

Get Your Class Flowing with Technology
Christy Shepherd and Tera Brooks
Northeast Elementary, Cookeville
Track: Innovative Instructional Strategies
Recommended Audience: All Educators
Want your students to take ownership in their learning and be excited about it? Then this session is for you! Keep your students engaged throughout your lessons by effectively integrating technology. During this session we will be using Classflow, quizlet, quizizz, edpuzzle google classroom, and kahoot!

Making a Future with STEM
Sally Pardue and Scott Eddins
Millard Oakley STEM Center at Tennessee Tech
Track: Stem Career Awareness
Recommended Audience: Middle School Educators
We remember what we make! In this session, participants will learn ways to bring making and manufacturing career knowledge into the classrooms of today to help build the future of tomorrow. Instructors will provide some of the best practices being shared in the Upper Cumberland region by teachers from 16 primarily rural counties who have been meeting together as a professional learning community for the past two years. You will be lead through shortened versions of these teacher’s favorite activities and curated resources for connecting math and science to manufacturing careers.

Dream Big Movie Screening
Jenny Brandon, Ripley Middle School, Ripley
Track: STEM Career Awareness
Recommended Audience: All Educators
Join us for a short screening of Dream Big, a movie designed to show students the power of engineers in bettering our world. Then, join Dr. Brandon from Lauderdale County Schools as she shares how she used the Dream Big lesson plans and tools to inspire her students through hands on STEM in the classroom and provides resources to use in your own classroom.