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STEM Conference 2013

Event Details

Start Date:  June 14, 2013
Start Time: 8:45 am
End Time: 4:15 pm
Location: Videoconference through PAIUnet
Phone: 814-472-3878


The Central PA STEM Best Practices Videoconference Symposium will provide an opportunity to showcase best practices from local educators and administrators and to provide an opportunity for more in-depth dialogue about the approaches.

In order to reach a large geographic region and provide an opportunity for as many participants to attend, the Symposium will be conducted via Videoconference through PAIUnet.

Locations and Registration

Choose from the following locations to attend:

  • Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8
  • Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit 9
  • Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11
  • Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit 16
  • ARIN Intermediate Unit 28

Registration Fees:
$20 until May 17, 2013
$40 May 18 - June 7, 2013

Sign-up today by filling out the STEM Conference 2013 Registration Form


STEM Conference 2013 Agenda
Time Session Presenter
8:45 am - 9:00 am Welcome
9:00 am - 10:00 am Opening Presentation - The Relevance of Innovative STEM Education Practices to Today's Workforce   Sue Mukherjee, Director, Center for Workforce Information and Analysis, PA Department of Labor and Industry, Former State Lead for PA STEM Initiative
10:00 am - 11:00 am Best Practice Workshop - STEM + ART = STEAM!  Williamsburg Watershed Ecology TV News Program    Rebecca Smith, Williamsburg School District

The project is designed to give seventh grade students the opportunity to learn about the watershed in Williamsburg and explore factors that affect water quality.  The science teacher co-taught this project and supervised the lab work.  The students participated in a field trip to the river to do experiments and film portions of the movie.  Students worked in groups to research and present via film topics relevant to watershed health.  They learned how to use the film equipment with the guidance of the Technology Coordinator.  The final project was a filmed TV news program about the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River.
The goal of this unit was twofold:  1.  to involve the students in a project-based unit that challenged them to use their intellectual, investigative, and personal abilities to follow through on a long term goal and 2.  to include the administration and faculty in promoting watershed ecology curriculum in the school.  Discussions will include the expectations of administration, teachers and students.  The discussion will also include some of the difficulties that developed and how these problems were solved.  Rebecca will be giving a slide show of the development of the project and conclude with the movie that the students have created.

11:00 am - 11:15 am Break
11:15 am - 12:15 pm Best Practice Workshop - Engaging Schools through Real World Experiences Scott Dietz, Manager, Workforce Initiatives, Catalyst Connection
  • Will share a few examples of project-based learning experiences that Catalyst Connection has done to engage students in real-world learning opportunities
  • Will give examples of the impact of these programs on education and career decisions of students
  • Will give examples of how these programs have scaled to have greater impact
  • Will share how companies have been engaged and the importance of partnerships
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch (included in registration and will be provided)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Best Practice Workshop -Integrative STEM Education as a Best Practice at State College Area Schools, Park Forest Middle School  Bill Hughes, Jeff Seamans, and Ron Shealer, Park Forest Middle School
  • Definition of what the NSF had in mind when they came up with STEM in 1990
  • Definition of STEM, STEM Education, and Integrative STEM Education
  • Definition/explanation of educational "best practice"
  • Make a case for Integrated STEM as a best practice in schools
  • Financial support received via grants will be featured as providence that Integrated STEM is widely accepted as a best practice
  • Photographic tour through Park Forests' Integrated STEM projects to date:  wind turbines, spectrometers/colorimeters, parabolic mirror, and microbial fuel cells
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Best Practice Workshop - 3D Printing meets emerging Biotechnology, Manufacturing, IT workforce needs    Carol Adukaitis, Director, Pathways for Career Success, PA State System of Higher Education
  • Participants will learn about 3D printing
  • PA's involvement with the launch of a new $70 million federally-funded tri-state partnership headquartered at National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), Youngstown, OH
  • Educational institutions funded to incorporate 3D tasks into K-16 curricula
  • Potential products produced with the technology; companies using 3D technology; curricula used, skills learned, certifications earned
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Best Practice Workshop - STEM in the Windber Area School District  Rick Huffman, Superintendent
Glenn Gaye, Director of Education
Lisa James, Principal
Tim Saylor, Technology and Engineering Teacher
Dave Dzurko, Technology and Engineering Teacher
Windber Area School District
  • Curriculum restructure in middle school, Engineering by Design
  • After school and summer programs:  TSA, BotsIQ, VEX, FIRST LEGO, PA CPU Fair
  • Summer Robotic workshops, Windber & Saint Francis University
  • High School class structure, 9 weeks, 18 weeks, courses offered
  • Industry partners, Internships
  • Windber Area School District Core Beliefs and STEAM Philosophy
  • Windber Area School District STEAM Implementation Process
  • Windber Area High School STEAM-Principal's Perspective

Act 48 Hours

Participants requesting a Certificate of Participation can submit the document to their school district in order to submit for Act 48 hours.  Please check with your school district for further instructions.


  • Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8
  • Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit 16
  • The XEROX Corporate Foundation

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