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Tuesday, June 18 • 9:45am - 10:45am
Session 901: Getting Students Engaged: Inspiration Through Meaningful STEM Experiences

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Student engagement plays a pivotal role in meeting the goals of STEM workforce development and literacy.  It is one of four federal policy priorities in America Competes reauthorization.  Intentionally and strategically inspiring student engagement in STEM is critical for filling the talent pipeline.  There are growing but often uncoordinated collections of resources from business, education and community-based organizations that seek to engage students in meaningful STEM experiences.  State STEM networks are connecting the dots and spreading both promising and proven practices through STEMx.  Expert leaders will demonstrate strategies for coordinating STEM resources into an engine of engagement and introduce STEMx tools for spreading innovation and fueling the talent pipeline.


avatar for Brad McLain, Ph.D.

Brad McLain, Ph.D.

Co-Director, XSCI: Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative, University of Colorado, Denver
Brad McLain is an educational researcher and co-director of XSci at the University of Colorado Denver. XSci is the Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative and produces both projects and research based on STEM learning theory and the field of experiential learning. His research focus is on science identity construction and the role of narrative (storytelling) in content understanding and personal meaning making. He is also... Read More →

avatar for Marcella Klein Williams, Ed.D.

Marcella Klein Williams, Ed.D.

Chief Educational Officer, California STEM Learning Network
Melinda Curless is the STEM Initiatives Consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education.  She began her career as an engineer, working more than 20 years in the fields of aerospace, environmental, and forensic engineering.  She became interested in education, obtained certification, and taught middle school science and mathematics before coming to the KDE in 2011, where she has contributed to the development of the Next Generation... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 9:45am - 10:45am
Room 5