East Tennessee K-12 teachers, guidance counselors, and educators of all descriptions are invited to learn ways to help students excel in science and math during Big Orange STEM Saturday for Educators on October 7 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
The free half-day event is hosted by UT Libraries, The East TN STEM Hub, and the Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Sciences (CEEMS) and will be held at UT’s John C. Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Blvd. Teachers from participating school districts will receive professional development credit.
Christopher Lavan, director of Experience Learning at UT, will lead the Keynote Conversation. Experience Learning provides opportunities for UT students to be involved in civic engagement, solve complex real-world problems, and contribute to the welfare of their communities as part of their regular course work.
“This generation . . . they look for these engaging experiences,” Lavan says of the Experience Learning program. “We’re trying to give our students that greater edge so they can continue to lead not just on campus but in the communities in which they choose to live after they leave us.”
Experience Learning has connected UT students with real-world projects such as improving safety on Knoxville roads and developing visualization software.
Breakout sessions at Big Orange STEM Saturday will include:
- “Communicating Science: Do’s and Don’ts.” Presented by the UT chapter of Ask a Scientist. Professional and student members of Ask a Scientist give talks and demonstrations in school classrooms, at Zoo Knoxville, and other local venues.
- “English Learners and STEM for All? Where Should We Begin?” Presenter Clara Lee Brown from UT’s Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education trains future educators to work with English-language learners.
- “Resources and Grant Opportunities for K-12 Math/Science/STEM Teachers.” Presenter Gale Stanley is a retired Campbell County science educator who, over the past three years, has secured $1.5 million in grants for the Campbell County Schools. Co-presenter Michael Lawson is a UT doctoral student. Through the grant-funded Math Counts Projects, they help K-12 educators devise challenging and creative activities to teach STEM subjects.
- “Science Inquiry: Everyday Ideas and Materials.” Presenter Patricia Stinger-Barnes teaches science education and urban multicultural teacher education at UT.
- “Using Mobile Technology in the Classroom.” Presented by educational technologists Jeff Beard and Blanche O’Bannon.
Representatives from the various STEM curricula at UT and local STEM-related businesses, organizations, and corporations will be on hand to answer questions.
For more information, visit the event website.