FESTIVAL EVENT

STEM CONNECT – Oct. 15

Time: 7am–3pm | Location: TCC

Building tomorrow’s STEM workforce in Southern Arizona, together.

STEM Connect brings together leaders in education (PreK-University), business, nonprofit, and government to identify areas of cross-sector collaboration. You will leave with concrete connections and tools for creating STEM learning and career opportunities that will benefit Southern Arizona for years to come. Educators can receive continuing education credits for attending.

Partner: UA STEM Learning Center, SARSEF, and the Waters Foundation

In order to create a truly multi-sector experience, we ask attendees to please provide information about the sector they will be representing through a short registration process after purchasing their passes.

After you have purchased your passport, register using this link. 

 

Full Agenda

Opening & Morning Multi-Sector Working Groups

7:30am
Opening Remarks

Kimberly Sierra-Cajas,UA STEM Learning Center Interim Director, Director, ASEMS Programs Director, CoS Office of Undergraduate Research. Kimberly Sierra-Cajas has more than 25 years of experience developing efforts that improve the success of underrepresented students. This includes creating or enhancing programs, facilitating collaborations, strategic planning, conducting evaluations, and writing and managing grants.

Plenary Speaker

Sheri Marlin, Chief Learning Officer, Waters Foundation Sheri Marlin, M.Ed, works with schools, districts and organizations around the country to build systems thinking capacity. She is a teacher, author, speaker, and has worked as a school principal and district curriculum specialist.

8:30am
Model Partnerships to Sustain the STEM Ecosystem

Be inspired by successful STEM collaborations. Learn how they used systems thinking and strategic planning to build and maintain partnerships with organizations from multiple sectors so you can too

Melodie Lopez, President, Indigenous Strategies. Melodie Lopez earned her MSW UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare. She is the Founder of Indigenous Strategies, LLC., which specializes in professional development and leadership training to meet the needs of professionals who serve Native American youth, families and communities.

Mike Miles, General Manager – Workforce and Community Development, Microsoft. Mike leads a global team focused on Community and Workforce development efforts in Microsoft’s 50+ Global Datacenter Communities. Mike is engaged in encouraging K-12 students in STEM activities through TEALS, which connects students to Computer Science build academic success.

Kathy Prather, Superintendent of Pima JTED Kathy Prather, Superintendent of Pima JTED, forges relationships with business, civic, and educational leaders to elevate Career & Technical Education programs. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and a Master of Arts Degree in Vocational Technical Education.

9:30am   
Break
9:40am
Strategic Planning/Reflection Time in Facilitated Single-Sector Working Groups

Facilitators from multiple sectors will guide small groups of participants as they explore the role of systems thinking for their organization and sector.

10:25am  
Strategic Planning/Reflection Time in Facilitated Multi-Sector Working Groups

Multi-sector small groups will form to report on their single-sector conversations and discuss future collaboration opportunities through the lens of systems thinking.

12:15pm
Break
12:30pm
Lunchtime Keynote: University of Arizona President Dr. Robert C.  Robbins

Followed by Q&A session

 

Afternoon Session 1 | 1:30pm- 2:10pm

Cochise Room 
STEM Role Models

#IamSTEM! The UA STEM Learning Center will present do’s and don’ts for introducing students to STEM role models. The audience is formal and informal educators as well as potential STEM role models.

Sara Kobilka, UA STEM Learning Center, Office Specialist, Senior. Sara Kobilka has a MS in Science Education and bachelor’s degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Atmospheric & Oceanic Science. She is passionate about STEM education, outreach, and communication, and the power of collaboration.

Shalane Simmons, Raytheon Company, Community Relations Manager. Shalane Simmons has a BS in communications from U of A. As a local, she seeks to inspire the next generation of professionals through her role as Community Relations Manager at Raytheon Missile Systems. She passionately supports youth through her church and other local organizations.

Apache Room
Best Practices for Integrating STEAM into Library Programs

Round table discussion

Moderator: Jason Dewland, UA Libraries. Panelists: Anthony Sanchez, UA Libraries, TBD

Maricopa Room
STEM vs STEAM: How to Create a Successful Model

There is a national debate regarding what genuine STEAM (adding Arts) programming looks like. Children who study STEM develop a variety of skills that are essential for success including critical thinking, problem solving, innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. Advocates of the arts point to the creative competencies needed for 21st century careers. The panel will discuss how educators fit the arts into STEM programs and do justice for both STEM and STEAM. What would an ideal STEAM program look like?

Mohave Room
Beyond Traditional Science: The Future of STEM Education

Discover the value of teaching STEM-related content in schools throughout Arizona. Focus on moving from traditional textbook instruction to inquiry-based STEM practices within the K-12 Framework.

Brooke Meyer, Director of Programs, SARSEF. Brooke Meyer, M.Ed, reaches 40,000 students each year through her SARSEF outreach presentations. A retired public-school educator of over 30 years, Brooke teaches students and teachers how to integrate critical thinking and problem solving in to their everyday lives.

Kathleen Bethel, CEO SARSEF. Kathleen Bethel, EdD, leads SARSEF, reaching over 95,000 K-12 students in So. AZ annually.  A retired principal of over 30 years in Sunnyside, she emphasizes the importance of bringing underrepresented populations to the forefront in STEM by ensuring all of SARSEF’s programs are free of charge.

Liz Baker, Deputy Director, SARSEF. Liz Baker, MS, leads SARSEF work with students, teachers, and community members to change their perceptions of STEM. An advocate of equal opportunity in STEM education, Liz demonstrates how anyone can solve a real-word problem affecting their lives using STEM research methods.

 

Afternoon Session 2 | 2:20pm – 3:00pm

Maricopa  Room
Demystifying Program Evaluation

Do more than guesstimate! The UA STEM Learning Center will discuss how to design an assessment and evaluation plan to meet your program goals while keeping your funders happy.

Sara Kobilka, UA STEM Learning Center, Office Specialist, Senior. Sara Kobilka has a MS in Science Education and bachelor’s degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Atmospheric & Oceanic Science. She is passionate about STEM education, outreach, and communication, and the power of collaboration

Jennifer Fields, UA RDI, Research Development Associate. Jennifer Fields has more than 20 years of experience in proposal development, project implementation and evaluation, nonprofit administration and informal science education. She’s worked in multiple settings as a consultant for developing, assessing and disseminating exemplary programs.

Apache Room
STEAM Programming in Libraries: Programs that You Can Bring to Your Library

Vicki Lázaro, UofA Libraries – iSpace STEM outreach

Cochise Room
Best Practices for STEM & Arts Integration in Southern Arizona

A panel of Southern Arizona educators and program managers will share examples of programs that illustrate best practices for intentional integration of the arts within traditional STEM programming. Speakers will highlight case studies from the region and lessons learned for building strong collaborative programs.

Mohave Room
Open Dialogue and Listening Session: Bridging the Gap between Schools and Industry

In this session, Educators, Industry Professionals, and Community

Members will have a facilitated dialogue about their greatest needs and challenges, and we can continue working together to create systemic change.

Brooke Meyer, Director of Programs, SARSEF. Brooke Meyer, M.Ed, reaches 40,000 students each year through her SARSEF outreach presentations. A retired public-school educator of over 30 years, Brooke teaches students and teachers how to integrate critical thinking and problem solving in to their everyday lives.

Kathleen Bethel, CEO SARSEF. Kathleen Bethel, EdD, leads SARSEF, reaching over 95,000 K-12 students in So. AZ annually.  A retired principal of over 30 years in Sunnyside, she emphasizes the importance of bringing underrepresented populations to the forefront in STEM by ensuring all of SARSEF’s programs are free of charge.

Liz Baker, Deputy Director, SARSEF. Liz Baker, MS, leads SARSEF work with students, teachers, and community members to change their perceptions of STEM. An advocate of equal opportunity in STEM education, Liz demonstrates how anyone can solve a real-word problem affecting their lives using STEM research methods.

Molecular Gastronomy Demo & Happy Hour | 3:15pm–5:00pm

After a day of STEM discussion– time to apply those science-minds to gastronomy and mixology! Witness the magic of chemistry as it transforms the ordinary into extraordinary. A unique demo and tasting event brought to you by MOCA, Dillenger Brewing Company, Three Wells Distilling and HighWire.

Where: MOCA 265 S Church Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701