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Tuesday, June 18 • 9:45am - 10:45am
Session 501: Toddlers to Techies: Getting an Early Jump on STEM

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Some experts say getting children interested in STEM should start very early, even as young as pre-kindergarten, in order to help keep students interested and engaged in STEM throughout their lives. Such STEM engagement efforts take many forms and incorporate a variety of out-of-classroom resources. What are some of the best practices for early-age STEM programs and what regional models are scalable across the country?  This session will identify aspects of early education programs that are proving successful and offer strategies for educators to use to foster and sustain more children’s interest in STEM.


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Janet Raloff

Senior Editor, Science News for Kids
Janet Raloff has been reporter and editor for Science News magazine for more than 35 years. Since 2007, she also has edited an online magazine for students 11 and older. That Science News for Kids has recently seen a skyrocketing in growth and its stature. Since December 2012, its administration has become her full-time responsibility. With a background in physics, Raloff garnered undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Medill School of... Read More →

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Christine Cunningham, Ph.D.

Founder and Director, Engineering is Elementary, Vice President, Museum of Science, Boston
Dr. Christine Cunningham is an educational researcher who works to make engineering and science more relevant, accessible, and understandable, especially for underserved and underrepresented populations. A vice president at the Museum of Science, Boston since 2003, she founded and directs Engineering is Elementary™, a groundbreaking project that integrates engineering concepts into elementary curriculum and teacher professional development... Read More →
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Mallory Hytes Hagan

Miss America 2013
Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan was crowned last January in Las Vegas.  Mallory is promoting education and is spending her year encouraging young women to pursue a college education as she focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (also known as STEM). Miss America will also travel approximately 20,000 miles each month speaking to audiences about her personal platform Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and is calling attention to this... Read More →
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Steve Schneider, Ph.D.

Senior Program Director of Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics, WestEd
Steven Schneider is the Senior Program Director of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at WestEd. Dr. Schneider has been the Principal Investigator of numerous initiatives that include: the NSF funded efficacy study, Strategic Literacy Initiatives (SLI), which studied the impact of the intervention on student performance in high school biology and literacy. The students in the biology classrooms where teachers used the SLI... Read More →
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Rosemarie Truglio, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President of Education and Research, Sesame Workshop
Rosemarie T. Truglio is the Sr. Vice President of Education and Research at Sesame Workshop (formerly Children’s Television Workshop).  Dr. Truglio is responsible for the development of the interdisciplinary curriculum on which “Sesame Street” is based, and oversees all educational research pertaining to the development of Sesame Street content. The results of basic and applied research studies inform both the production... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 9:45am - 10:45am
Room 8