Central PA STEM Regional Conference

Milton, Pennsylvania
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Central PA STEM Regional Conference

Central PA STEM Regional Conference
Thursday, June 14, 2012 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Milton Area High School
700 Mahoning Street
Milton, Pennsylvania 17847
United States

Map and Directions
Information and Materials from the Conference:

Army Science & Technology Tour
Fort Detrick Tour Application Form

Tom Gill - Bridge Building
Bridge Building as a STEM Activity
Bridge Hand Out
Truss Analysis
Truss Parts
Truss Template

Elizabeth Biddle
Careers Never Imagined

About the Conference:

The 2012 Central PA STEM Regional Conference:  Preparing Students Today for Emerging Markets will provide an opportunity for professionals in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, workforce development, and business and industry to connect, interact, learn about and showcase best practices, and learn more about STEM education and initiatives from throughout the Central Pennsylvania region.  The regional conference is designed to reach teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, and personnel from K-12, colleges and universities, and Intermediate Units as well as leaders in business, industry, and workforce development.  Educators and administrators will have the opportunity to network with STEM professionals in order to develop an awareness of the need for STEM education as well as the opportunities available in STEM careers.

The Central PA STEM Regional Conference has been made possible through partnerships between the Central PA STEM Region and Math and Science Partnership projects with Appalachia Intermediate Unit and Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit.  

Why educators should attend:

  • Share your ideas and what you are doing to provide STEM education to your students
  • Learn about STEM education and opportunities for yourself and your students
  • Learn about the benefits of providing STEM education to your students and how it will help them to achieve high-paying, in-demand jobs
  • Act 48 Hours are Available

Why business/organizations should attend:

  • Provide insight and guidance to K-12 and post-secondary educators into the skills your organization needs
  • Network with educational institutions to develop relationships and establish possible internships
  • Showcase how your organization utilizes skills in STEM

Conference Organizing Committee:
Carol Adukaitis, PASSHE
Susan Blyth, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit
Leah Bug, Penn State University
Jeanette Carter, Pennsylvania College of Technology
Tracy Colbert, Appalachia Intermediate Unit
Allison Felix, Saint Francis University and Central PA STEM Coordinator
Aimee Garay, Southern Alleghenies Career Education Partnership
Melissa Greiner, Saint Francis University
Cathy Groller, Milton Area School District
Bill Hughes, State College School District
Saundra Lewis, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit
Rachel Smith, Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation
Susan Whisler, Southern Alleghenies Workforce Investment Board
Edward Zovinka, Saint Francis University

Thank You to Our Conference Sponsors:
Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit
Appalachia Intermediate Unit
Saint Francis University Science Outreach Center
Southern Alleghenies Workforce Investment Board
Milton Area School District

Conference Exhibitors:
Allegheny Educational Systems
Bloomsburg University, Math and Science Resource Center
Engineering is Elementary (EiE)
JBH Technologies, Inc.
Mansfield University
Pennsylvania FIRST
SFU Science Outreach Center
Synergis Engineering Design Solutions

Teacher/Student Project Showcase:
Ann Camp and Students - PA Real World Design Challenge, First Place
HACC Midtown - CVTE 213 Capstone Project

Keynote Speakers:
Morning Keynote:

Ioannis (Yannis) N. Miaoulis is the President of the Museum of Science, Boston.  Originally from Greece, Dr. Miaoulis  came to the Museum in 2003 after a distinguished association with Tufts University.  There, he was Dean of the School of Engineering, Associate Provost, Interim Dean of the University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering.  An innovative educator with a passion for both science and engineering, Miaoulis championed the introduction of engineering into the Massachusetts science and technology public school curriculum.  This made the Commonwealth first int he nation in 2001 to develop a K-12 curriculum framework and assessments for technology/engineering.  His dream is to make everyone, both men and women, scientifically and technologically literate.  Miaoulis has seized the opportunity as the Museum's prsident to achieve his vision, convinced science museums can bring interested parties in government, industry, and education together to foster a scientifically and technologically literate citizenry.  With the Museum's Boards of Trustees and Overseers, Miaoulis spearheaded creation fo the National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) at the Museum in 2004.  Supported by corporate, foundation, and federal funds, the NCTL aims to enhance knowledge of engineering and technology for people of all ages and to inspire the next generation of engineers, inventors, and scientists.

Dr. Miaoulis will be presenting on the topic of transforming science education in K-12 schools.

Afternoon Keynote: 

An educator, political scientist, and author, Frederick M. Hess studies a range of K-12 and higher education issues.  In addition to his new Education Week blog "Rick Hess Straight Up" he is the author of many influential books on education including Education Unbound, Common Sense School Reform, Revolution at the Margins, and Spinning Wheels.  His work work can be seen in scholarly and popular outlets ranging from Teacher College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, and Chronicle of Higher Education, to U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, and National Review.  Hess also serves as executive editor of Education Next, on the Review Board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education, and on the Boards of Directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the American Board for the Certification of Teaching Excellence.  A former high school social studies teacher, he has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University, and Harvard University.  He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum.

Dr. Hess will be presenting on The Case for Being Bold:  A New Agenda for Business in Improving STEM Education published by the Institute for Competitive Workforce and the US Chamber of Commerce.


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Registration has been closed.   A refund of $20 will be provided for registration cancellations made prior to May 1, 2012.  Cancellations after May 1, 2012 will not be refunded.

    Conference attendees can pay by credit card or check.  Credit cards can only be accepted at the time of registration on this site.  Payment will not be accepted at the conference.

    Conference sponsorships and exhibitors must pay by check.

    If paying by check, include a copy of your registration with your check to ensure proper processing.

    Make checks payable to Saint Francis University and mail to:
    Central PA STEM Regional Conference
    c/o SFU Science Outreach Center
    PO Box 600
    Loretto, PA  15940
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