Saturday, September 21, 2013

Informal Library Youth Programs: The Global 2013 STEMx Education Conference

First off, let me say thanks to the folks who attended the live program session that Jennifer Hopwood and I presented yesterday as part of the Global 2013 STEMx Education Conference, which was a virtual conference. Participants had great questions and comments, and I look forward to continuing this STEM/STEAM discussion across other forums.

If you didn't get to see the live session, you're in luck--it was recorded for your viewing convenience and pleasure! Check out the archived session here.

I'll be sharing the full slides from our session at the end of this post, but first I want to provide a few links to STEM content I mention in the session. I talk a bit about my STEM programs for young children and older school-age children in the session, and while I give specifics about a few of these programs, I just mention others by topic. If you're interested in seeing full program plan write-ups for any of the programs mentioned in the session--and modifying them to suit your institution's needs--here are links corresponding with the program numbers on the slides:
  1. Gravity Science
  2. Weather Science
  3. Color Science
  4. Engineering and Strength
  5. Boat Race Science
  6. Volcano Science
  7. Egg Drop Science
  8. Airplane Science
I also quickly want to say a big "Thank you" to the organizers of this online conference. I cannot imagine the logistical acrobatics necessary to make a worldwide, three-day, virtual conference like this happen, let alone to arrange it so well that no problems arise. The folks at STEMx managed to pull it off, however, and I can't wait to continue to look through the lists of archived sessions to see what other professionals are doing with STEM. Thank you to the organizers, the sponsors, the presenters, and the participants. You're helping make STEM that much easier for all of us to share with kids.

And now, without further ado, our slides:

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