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Spring 2012 Meeting Summary

On Saturday, April 21 over 60 NCSLA members gathered in Cary to explore “What is STEM?”  The keynote speaker during the luncheon, Karl Rectanus of VIF International Education, shared why teaching STEM is important for North Carolina students and schools.

A brief break was taken for the NCSLA business including the induction of new board members.

Our afternoon professional development session continued the STEM theme with presentations by our four guest panelists on what STEM means to them:

Melaine Rickard – STEM Teacher at Turrentine Middle School in Alamance County

Laura Bottomley – Director of Outreach for the College of Engineering at NC State University

Robin Marcus – Director of STEM programs for the New Schools Project

Rebecca Payne – Director of STEM Education and Leadership at NC Department of Public Instruction

Meeting participants then participated in small group discussions with each of the panelists, learning about the STEM Learning Network, implementing STEM in the classroom, strategies for professional development and ideas for integrating engineering.  At the meetings end, one participant commented “This meeting was great because it applied to all levels, was relevant and everyone was able to take something back to apply to their jobs.”

A special thank you to our meeting sponsors:

  • Carolina Biological, luncheon sponsor
  •  Frey Scientific, afternoon break sponsor
  •  Fisher Science Education, sponsor of the Michael Jackson Distinguished Service Award

We hope you will join us for the fall meeting on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 in Winston Salem.

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