Self-proclaimed science evangelist Ainissa G. Ramirez is passionate about getting the general public excited about science. She co-authored Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America’s Game and Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists. Before taking on the call to improve the public’s understanding of science, she was an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Yale University. Dr. Ramirez now focuses her energies on making science fun as well as co-hosting the Science Underground podcast.
Every year, five million kindergarteners enter school armed with the word, “why.” However, by the time they leave school, just a few years later, those “whys” grow silent. This talk will make a case for asking why and will share STEM strategies to keep those “whys” aglow in students.
Conference PD Focuses on the Following Strands
Teaching Science in a Connected World
Students and teachers have access to many forms of technology. These technologies can be effective tools to access information, deliver instruction, communicate ideas, connect with people from around the world, and build professional learning networks. Educators attending these sessions will explore instructional materials, technologies and strategies for effective learning for students and adults, and responsible use of digital resources and processes.
STEMify Instruction Through Collaboration Across the Curriculum
STEM can be a powerful unifying theme across the curriculum and in many settings. STEM provides an opportunity for collaboration among teachers, disciplines, and schools, as well as postsecondary, informal education, and community partners. Educators attending sessions in this strand will explore models of integrated STEM education programs, learn strategies to productively STEMify lessons, and investigate how to effectively engage students.
Celebrating Elementary Science and Literacy Connections
Children are born investigators. Science is an engaging way to develop students’ skills in thinking creatively, expressing themselves, and investigating their world. Reading, writing, and speaking are inspired through science experiences. Educators attending these sessions will gain confidence in teaching science, learn strategies for literacy and science integration, and celebrate elementary science.
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