Live Coffee Hour
Carly and Adam
Session 1: LAUNCH Into Design Thinking
Dr. John Spencer
Session 2: Drawing as a Thinking Process - It's more than Sketch-noting.
Session 3: STEAM-Y Math
Dr. Valerie Camille Jones
Live Lunch Panel
Carly and Adam and Friends
Session 4: PBL is not just for gifted kids.
Session 5: STEAM-ing Up Your Classroom
Session 6: Inventing a Brighter STEAM Future
Live Happy Hour
Carly and Adam
Engineer, Educator, Former NASA Astronaut and NFL Wide Receiver
Leland Melvin is an engineer, educator, former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver. He served on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist on mission STS-122 (2008) and STS-129 (2009), helping to construct the International Space Station.
Upon hanging up his space boots, he led NASA Education and co-chaired the White House’s Federal Coordination in STEM Education Task Force, developing the nation’s 5-year STEM education plan.
After 24 years with NASA as a researcher, astronaut and Senior Executive Service leader, he shares his life story as an athlete, astronaut, scientist, engineer, photographer, and musician to help inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue STEAM careers.
In May, Leland released his memoir, "Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances." In "Chasing Space," Leland shares his personal journey from the gridiron to the stars, and examine the intersecting roles of community, perseverance, and grace that align to create the opportunities for success.
Author, Software Engineer
Josh Funk writes silly stories such as the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, the How to Code with Pearl and Pascal series, the It's Not a Fairy Tale series, the A Story of Patience & Fortitude series in conjunction with the New York Public Library, Dear Dragon, Albie Newton, Pirasaurs!, A Night at the Bookstore: A Barnsie & Noble Adventure, and more coming soon!
Since the fall of 2015, Josh has visited (or virtually visited) over 400 schools, classrooms, and libraries and he is a board member of The Writers' Loft in Sherborn, MA.
Josh grew up in New England and studied Computer Science in school. Today, he still lives in New England and when not writing Java code or Python scripts, he drinks Java coffee and writes manuscripts.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS
"Launch Into Design Thinking"
With Dr. John Spencer, Author / Educator
Dr. John Spencer is a former middle school teacher and current college professor who is passionate about seeing kids reach their creative potential.
He is the co-author of the bestselling books Launch and Empower. In 2013, he spoke at the White House, sharing a vision for how to empower students to be future-ready through creativity and design thinking.
with Dr. Valerie Camille Jones
Dr. Valerie Camille Jones was recently honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, which is America’s highest honor in math and science for teachers.
For over 20 years, Dr. Jones has worked in the field of mathematics education. She teaches mathematics at Ron Clark Academy.
In the fall of 2015, Dr. Jones was also recognized by Congressman John Lewis at the 114th Congress 1st Session. Georgia Trend Magazine named her to their Top 40 Under 40 List for her contributions in the field of education and Mental Floss magazine presented her with the Platypus Award for her commitment to education.
Dr. Jones is also an educational recording artist featured on the album Encore! created by I Am Other and Old Navy. The video of her song has accumulated over 1.7 millions views.
In the classroom, she develops art and video game simulations to connect students to math and coordinates field trips to provide real-life examples of the influence of math.
"PBL is not just for Gifted Kids"
with Andre Daughty
Andre Daughty's educational journey truly began after hearing Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu state, "If you observe children, they will teach you how to teach them." That phrase shifted Andre's philosophy of education.
By observing the students in his own classroom at the elementary, secondary and post-graduate level, he differentiated curriculum and projects based on his students' interests.
His workshops and professional development seminars involve high energy, practical ways to use today’s strategies, collaboration and fun stories to help connect the content to attender’s lives.
He enjoys inspiring all through workshops, speaking engagements, seminars and embedded coaching experiences.
"STEAM-ing Up Your Classroom"
with Jennifer Swanson
Speaker. Author. Teacher.
Science Rocks! And so, do Jennifer Swanson’s books. She is the award-winning author of over 40 nonfiction books for children, mostly about science and technology. Jennifer’s love of STEM began when she started a science club in her garage at the age of 7.
While no longer working from the garage, Jennifer's passion for science and technology resonates in all her books but especially, BRAIN GAMES (NGKids) and SUPER GEAR: Nanotechnology and Sports Team Up (Charlesbridge), Astronaut-Aquanaut, and Save the Crash-test Dummies.
Her books have received many accolades including the Green Earth Book Honor Award, a Florida Book Award, and multiple California Reading Association awards, and National Science Teaching BEST STEM awards.
A huge science geek, Jennifer encourages kids (of all ages) to engage their curiosity and DISCOVER the Science all around them!
You can learn more about her at www.JenniferSwansonBooks.com
"Drawing as a Thinking Process"
with Manuel S. Herrera
Manuel is an educator, a speaker, and an illustrator. He specializes in sketchnoting, visual thinking, design thinking, 3D printing and design. Over the past 17 years, he has keynoted and led workshops at educational conferences like SXSWEdu, ISTE, TCEA, MassCUE, FETC & .EDU. Manuel has illustrated books, publications, and graphics for a variety of organizations and schools.
Currently, he is the Innovation Coordinator for the Affton School District and an adjunct professor for Webster University. Both located in St. Louis, MO.
In 2018 Manuel became a Google Innovator at LAX18, and in 2016 he was named the Midwest Education Technology Conference Spotlight Educator.
You can follow Manuel on Twitter and Instagram at @manuelherrera33.
"Inventing a Brighter STEAM Future"
with Vicky Fang
Vicky Fang is an experienced product designer who spent 5 years leading design on kids’ technology experiences at Google and Intel, with partners such as Disney and Nickelodeon.
She is also a former TV actress, theatre director, game designer, and installation artist who has presented her work at PlayCon, EYEO, SIGGRAPH, and holds seven invention patents. She started writing to support the growing need for early STEAM education, particularly for girls and kids of color.
She is the author of nine new and upcoming STEAM books for kids, including Invent-a-Pet, I Can Code, and Layla and the Bots.
5 FREE STEM Activities
by Carly and Adam
Launch into STEM today with 5 READ Aloud STEM Activities by Carly and Adam.
- Hidden Figures Read Aloud Coding Challenge
- Counting on Katherine Johnson Read Aloud STEM Activity
- Mae Jemison STEM Activity
- Margaret Hamilton and the Moon Read Aloud STEM Activity
- Dr. Ellen Ochoa STEM Activity
Get started with STEM TODAY!
These STEM Challenges are available for you to download as soon as you register.