2012 STEM Summit demonstrates strong community engagement

The 2012 STEM Summit took place on March 21, less that a month ago!   Approximately 330 individuals participated in the event at the Pugh Center on the Colby College campus.  The Summit morning was wrapped around 5 short presentations from great speakers including wind researcher extraordinaire Dr. Habib Dagher and Eastern Maine Medical Center trauma surgeon and innovator, Dr. Rafael Grossman.  In addition to the TED Talk style presentations there was lots of time for networking and learning about the student-business collaborations showcased by students at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics.  Even though you may not have been able to attend the Summit you can still hear and see these presentations.  Thank you Maine EPSCoR for videotaping and editing the talks! Maine EPSCoR  has also posted many additional photos from the Summit. And you can listen in to the online community conversations that preceded and followed the event.

Participants at the Summit gave LOTS of positive feedback about the self-generated unconferences featured in the afternoon.  The diverse nature of the sessions met the equally diverse needs of the participants.  There were sessions on the lessons learned to date in the National Science Foundation Grant at the University of Maine, engineering and implications for teaching, and  implications of Common State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards on teacher training programs, just to name a few. Yes…  it may have been a little confusing at the outset, but the questions quickly morphed into engaging conversation. The STEM Collaborative is preparing a report that will summarize the entire conference including each of the afternoon sessions. I will share that resource when it is ready.