Greater Houston STEM Education & Networking Forum @ Rice

  • Rice University Houston, TX

The Rice University Office of STEM Engagement (R-STEM) and the Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP) invites organizations and individuals engaged in STEM outreach, education, workforce development, volunteering and advocacy to connect, network and share!

Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. -- Join us for all or a portion of the event!

Schedule: 

12 PM   Research Experience for Teachers poster session and light lunch

K-12 teachers in the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Teachers in Nanotechnology program will share exciting research projects that they worked on during their internships in Rice University laboratories. At this informal science symposium, attendees will be able to ask teachers questions about their research and how they were able to bring their lab experience to the classroom. Information about how to apply to the program will be available.

1 PM   Texas Girls Collaborative Project SciGirls Workshop

Joanne Baptista, Educator and Adult Programs Coordinator for the Houston Zoo, will be guiding hands-on activities from SciGirls, a PBS Kids television series that sets out to change how tweens think about STEM. This is part of the Texas Girls Collaborative Project, which has numerous resources http://www.txgcp.org/

In each SciGirls episode, animated characters Izzie and her best friend Jake find themselves in jams only science can fix. To set things right, Izzie calls on bright, curious real-life SciGirls, who put STEM to work and save the day. Izzie also invites viewers to hang out on the website, a totally safe, social networking environment where girls can connect, create personal profiles and avatars, share projects and watch every episode. SciGirls premiered nationwide on Public Television stations and online at pbskidsog.org/scigirls beginning in February 2012.

Participants attending the SciGirls workshop will:

·       Learn latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM

·       Experience at least one of the hands-on SciGirls STEM activities such as using dough to teach circuits, designing their own wind measurement machine and creating your own experiment to identify mystery plastics

·       Leave with curriculum for over 25 hands-on, video enhanced activities that put a creative twist on teaching STEM

·       Learn how to modify any activity to excite and engage kids in STEM using the SciGirls Seven

·       Discover additional online resources that enhance teaching and learning experiences for all kids

2:30 PM Greater Houston Networking Forum

Network with STEM-engaged organizations from across the area and learn about the resources available to assist you in your efforts. Explore resources of the Texas Girls Collaborative Project including role model workshops, a new Texas skills-based STEM volunteer matching system (Texas STEM Connections), hands-on STEM curriculum and more. Connect with programs across the area and hear about upcoming STEM events. And share what you and/or your organization are doing to excited kids about STEM.

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