National Conference for STEM Educators in October 2011

ESI Director Dr. Jay Banner has been invited to provide an afternoon talk at The National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools in Math, Science, and Technology conference, hosted at The Historic Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas from October 26 – 29, 2011. The conference theme, Cultivate, Balance and Sustain through Innovation, provides an opportunity for educators to explore the ways STEM schools can serve students through innovation and collaboration.

Established in 1988, the Consortium provides a forum for specialized schools that prepare students for leadership in mathematics, science and technology to exchange information and program ideas. The Consortium supports over one-hundred institutional members, as well as supports a network of over one-hundred affiliate members (colleges, universities, summer programs, foundations, and corporations) from across the nation that “share the goals of transforming mathematics, science, and technology education”.

To enhance the conference experience and support educator pedagogy, ESI has invited registrants to attend a Hot Science – Cool Talks Outreach Series event on Thursday, October 27, featuring a lecture by UT-Austin’s Dr. Mark Helper. Helper’s presentation, Astronauts, Robots and Rocks: Preparing for Geological Planetary Exploration, will tell us of his training astronauts to do geological field work and of work with NASA roboticists at a large Canadian impact crater to test the use of robots as an aid to human planetary exploration.

Each Hot Science – Cool Talks program is a free public event hosting an hour-long pre-lecture fair at the The University of Texas – Austin campus with hands-on activities and demonstrations supported by university students and community organizations. ESI also provides a concurrent K-12 teacher’s professional development workshops with state-aligned curriculum, hands-on activities, and a teacher’s resource CD-ROM.  The main event is a vibrant lecture featuring a leading scientist talking about current hot topic science research.

Consider hosting your own Hot Science – Cool Talks Satellite Viewing event. You can bring a Hot Science – Cool Talks lecture to your community by including our live lecture webcast into your family science night at your school, community center or group meeting. Each Hot Science lecture is webcast live and archived from ESI’s website, a benefit to families and teachers wishing to include the outreach program into their own learning experience. To register your Satellite Viewing event with ESI staff, visit our Satellite Viewing event webpage by clicking here.

To view these exciting lectures live and online, visit our Hot Science webpage at: www.hotsciencecooltalks.org.