Tuesday, June 18 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Session 503: Beyond the Classroom Walls: Afterschool and Extracurricular Programs

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Educational opportunities in science and math shouldn’t stop when the school bell rings.  Balancing formal and informal instruction in STEM can be an effective way to introduce and engage student interest in the subjects. Many experts note participation in afterschool activities help students learn the oft-desired soft skills, such as teamwork and communication, and the enjoyment and social setting is apt to prompt a youngster’s passion for STEM more quickly—and sustain it. Such extracurricular activities can take many forms—research projects, visits to local factories, mentors, contests, and clubs—and are provided by schools, parent volunteers, college students, community groups, businesses, universities, and organizations. This panel will identify STEM afterschool programs with proven track records of motivating and inspiring youngsters’ interests in STEM, explain possible connections that instructors can make with in-class lessons, and address topics such as how to fund such efforts to spreading the word among parents and students.


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Patrick D'Amelio

Chief Executive Officer, Washington STEM
Patrick D’Amelio is Chief Executive Officer of Washington STEM. As CEO, he is responsible for the management, programs, and infrastructure of the organization. With his vision, Patrick leads Washington STEM in advancing equity, excellence, and innovation in STEM education.  Patrick... Read More →
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Emilie Engelhard

Communications Director, Washington STEM

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Matthew Blakely

Director, Motorola Solutions Foundation
Born and raised in and around Chicago, Matt Blakely has more than 16 years of experience working for private and corporate foundations. In October 2005, Matt was hired as Manager of the Motorola Foundation and when the company became Motorola Solutions, Matt was promoted to director... Read More →
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Ronald J. Gidwitz

Co-Founder, GCG Partners, National Chairman, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Founder of the strategic consulting and equity firm GCG Partners and former CEO of Helene Curtis, Ron Gidwitz is recognized as one of the most influential business leaders in the city of Chicago. For nearly four decades, Gidwitz has put that influence and acumen to work as a national... Read More →
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Tamara Hudgins, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Girlstart
Dr. Hudgins has 18+ years experience in nonprofit management and development and was executive director of a community foundation before joining Girlstart. Before her move to Texas in late 2005, Hudgins was executive director of a nonprofit that served more than 11,000 Chicago teachers... Read More →
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Joe Astroth, Ph.D.

Chairman of the Board, Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
Joe Astroth, Ph.D., joined Innovation First International as executive vice president and chief education strategist in 2011, providing executive leadership for educational initiatives across IFI’s businesses. He is also chairman of the board of the Robotics Education and Competition... Read More →
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Jennifer Sirangelo

Executive Vice President and COO, National 4-H Council
Jennifer is a believer in young people and their capacity to change the world. She is a transformational leader with an 18-year track record of success in nonprofit executive management, having raised more than $250 million for youth development causes. At National 4-H Council... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Ballroom B