For the 2018 Conference, Leveraging Best Practices for Community-Based STEM Education in High Need Schools, attendees will visit specific locations in the St. Louis area to develop curriculum that could later be applied in hometowns. Sites may include the National Weather Service; St. Louis, MO Weather Forecast Office; Lambert Art & Culture Program; Boone Bridge and Fee Fee Greenway Extension; Humane Wildlife Solutions, LLC; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis - Sanford Biggers Exhibit; Urban Harvest STL - Food Roof Farm; Harvest Fest at Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club; Earthdance Organic Farm; Seeds of Hope Farm, and more!
A session for PI's will be held on Sunday, including Dr. Sandra Richardson. She will share Noyce program updates and answer questions on program changes, new solicitations, and project specific questions.
For the 2017 Conference, Connecting STEM Learning to the Community, attendees visited specific locations in the St. Louis area to develop curriculum that could later be applied in hometowns. Sites included the St. Louis Arch, World Bird Sanctuary, Museum of Transportation, Forest Park, World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Zoo, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Missouri Botanical Garden, Challenger Learning Center, Cathedral Basilica, Frank Lloyd Wright House, City Museum.
A session for PI's was held on Sunday, led by Dr. Kim Nguyen. Dr. Sharon Vestal discussed using a professional learning community to retain STEM teachers. Dr. Sandra Richardson shared Noyce program updates and answered questions on program changes, new solicitations, and project specific questions. Dr. Kim Nguyen led a discussion on project evaluation, evidence of project outcomes, and collective impacts.
The site visits will occur in and around St. Louis.