2016 STEM Conference @ Spring Woods High School

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The Description

With these funds I will…

Provide the opportunity for 300 high school & middle school students to attend the 3rd iteration of our STEM Conference at Spring Woods High School FREE OF COST.

What is the STEM Conference?

The STEM Conference is an annual event where SWHS hosts visiting experts and professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.  These volunteers: participate in career panels with our students where they share their experiences and answer questions.  They also host workshops and competitions to give students a taste for what studying and working in STEM could be like.  In 2015, 150 students from SWHS and its feeder middle schools participated in the day-long conference.  We hope to increase that number to 300 in 2016.  In past years the registration fee (15 or 10 dollars) has been a barrier for some students.  In addition to being fun and educational, we aim for the STEM conference to closely resemble professional conferences so that students can learn key soft skills for future professional success.  

STEM education is the key to the US economic future.

Every year more jobs are being generated that require an educational background in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics than any other field. Studies by the US Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that by 2018 there will be 2.4 million unfilled job vacancies requiring STEM skills. Many jobs are going unfilled simply for lack of people with the right skill set.

All students deserve a quality STEM education!

African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and women are still underrepresented in STEM higher education and careers.  One of the challenges in increasing diversity in STEM is limited access to a quality, inclusive math and science education in K-12.

How will the funds be used?

The cost of registration per student is $20 which includes:

  • Session materials ($3)

  • Participant notebooks ($1)

  • Lunch ($5)

  • An official conference t-shirt ($9)

  • ($2) allocated for activity prizes

 Sources

(1) http://www.bls.gov/ooh/About/Projections-Overview.htm

Back Up Plan

We will have to cap the number of students that can attend. EVERY CHILD deserves the opportunity to pursue a future in STEM and our goal is to inspire and equip students to do just that.

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Comments (3)

Chris September 27, 2016

Is there a web site that gives details about the conference?

Amanda Whaley August 29, 2016

Thank you so much for your support!

Jilianne Barzilla August 25, 2016

Good luck! We hope you reach your goal!!

Jilianne and Michael

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About the Creator

Hello! I'm an AP Physics teacher serving in the Houston, Texas area. My campus is predominantly Hispanic with 75% of our students qualifying for free and reduced lunch.

I'm very passionate about providing opportunities for all of our students to learn about modern technology and the vast array of career opportunities that a STEM based education can provide.

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NICOLE CUOMO

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$62

Arun Ahuja

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Karen North

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Ray S Whaley

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$103

Mike Svoboda

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Jilianne Barzilla

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Brenda Maples

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