College holds STEM Conference to help educators prepare students for careers

Educators face a significant challenge in preparing students with the knowledge and skills needed to live and work in a world that will be dominated by STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. Part of that challenge is getting students interested in STEM subjects in the first place.

Penn State Berks is holding a conference focusing on that very challenge. The conference titled Preparing Students for 21st Century STEM Careers and Citizenship will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. This conference will provide teachers, school administrators, business leaders and college faculty with an understanding of new and innovative ways to prepare students today for the careers of tomorrow.

Thomas Emrick, executive director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center, will deliver the keynote presentation, titled "Lessons Learned from Science Reform Efforts Across the Country." The conference will also feature a panel discussion of Berks County Education Leaders, moderated by Solomon Lausch, executive director, Berks Business Education Coalition, and including Rudy Ruth, superintendent of Wilson School District; Robert Pleis, superintendent of Twin Valley School District; and Robert Lees, administrative director of Berks Career and Technology Center.

Michael Robinson, doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at Penn State, will give a presentation titled “Robots as Teaching Tools.”

After lunch, attendees will discuss various topics in breakout sessions and then reconvene to review findings and next steps. An optional tour of Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building will be offered at the conclusion of the conference.

The cost is $30 per person, which includes break refreshments, lunch and conference materials. The cost is $25 per person for teams of five or more from one school or organization. To register, visit http://www.bk.psu.edu/CE/STEM-conference.htm, print and complete the registration form, and return the form by fax or mail along with a billing authorization on letterhead stationary.

For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 610-396-6225.

Last Updated September 06, 2013