The fourth annual conference of the Minnesota STEM Network will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, MN. Portions of the conference will also be available via webcast. Register NOW to be a participant in this growing movement!
The conference will feature a keynote by Linda Rosen, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Change the Equation. Change the Equation (CTEq) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, CEO-led initiative that is mobilizing the business community to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning in the United States. Since its launch in September 2010, CTEq has helped its more than 100 members connect and align their philanthropic and advocacy efforts in STEM education and workforce development.
Last fall, CTEq released its second edition of the Vital Signs. Vital Signs are capsule summaries of STEM workforce needs, student achievement in math and science, rigor of state standards and levels of proficiencies, teacher preparedness, and availability of resources for each state. The Minnesota Vital Signs are available as a pdf on the mnstemnet.org page.
The conference will also feature 35 breakout sessions on exemplary practices in STEM programming or collaborations in Minnesota. The breakout tracks will be themed according to the five goals of the network:
- Build awareness and excitement for STEM
- Increase engagement and collaboration across sectors
- Promote effective STEM teaching and learning
- Close the STEM achievement gap
- Increase the number of students choosing STEM as a career opportunity
A summary of sessions is available on this event website under the Breakout Sessions tab. A full description of sessions is available for download at www.mnstemnet.org. Informal networking as well as speed networking are also a prominent part of the meeting.
Webcast Sessions: The SciMathMN welcome and update, the keynote, and four breakout sessions within each session period will be webcast. Access to these sessions is possible through an online webcast registration. Detailed information on the webcast sessions is found on the Breakout Sessions tab of this event website.
Note that a high-speed internet connection (a 1.5 DSL service minimum), a wired connection or a strong (private network) wireless connection, and a Silverlight plug-in are necessary for displaying the live webcast.
A few days before the conference, webcast registrants will receive an email with a help guide to assist them in preparing their computers to connect to the broadcast links on the day of the conference. St. Catherine University will provide a link ahead of time to test the connection to the Panopto server.
SciMathMN greatly appreciates that this annual conference is co-sponsored by St. Catherine University, its National Center for STEM Elementary Education, Boston Scientific, and the University of St. Thomas Center for Pre-Collegiate Engineering Education. The McGlynn Technology Center is making possible the attendance via webcast.