STEM

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, October 26
With the exception of the Pre-Summit Learning Walk, which takes place at Clear Creek ISD, all sessions take place at Space Center Houston.
7 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration / Badge Pickup (NASA Hilton Hotel)
8 a.m. Bus leaves Hilton for Pre-Summit Learning Walk, Clear Creek ISD
Bus will return individuals to Hilton with boxed lunches served on bus.
11:45 a.m.-Noon Summit attendees depart from NASA Hilton and drive their own vehicles to Space Center Houston. (You will NOT be admitted at the Space Center without a badge, so please pick up your badge at registration prior to boarding the bus.)
12 p.m. Tour of Independence Plaza
"Bring the Legacy Home"—Engaging participants in the importance of our future and past in space
1 p.m. Welcome (Blast-off Theater)
Johnny L. Veselka, Executive Director, TASA

Opening Remarks
Introduction: Joni Baird, Houston Manager, Policy, Government, and Public Affairs, Chevron
Ellen Ochoa, Director, NASA Johnson Space Center

1:20-2 p.m. Our Journey Continues: Energy, Medicine, and Space, Our Final Frontier
Christine Drew, Syfr Learning
2 p.m. Closing the Gaps for Underrepresented Students in STEM
Bonnie Dunbar, Former Astronaut, and TEES Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University
2:45 p.m. Q&A / Break
3-4 p.m. Free Time in Space Center Exhibit Halls
4 p.m. Mars Mission Briefing (Blast-off Theater)
Hear the actual daily briefing on the Mars Mission!
4:30 p.m. Gene Kranz, Veteran NASA Flight Director and Author, Failure Is Not an Option (Blast-off Theater)
5 p.m. Private Reception (Astronaut Gallery)
6:30 p.m. Return to Hilton Hotel

Thursday, October 27
All sessions take place at Space Center Houston.
8:45-9 a.m. Summit attendees should arrive at Space Center Houston's Blast-off Theater.
9 a.m. Introduction: Christine Drew, Syfr Learning

More Than Just a Field Trip
Daniel Newmyer, Director of Education, Space Center Houston

Explore the idea of a true STEM ecosystem and discover how to engage with informal education institutions to create more than “just a field trip” for your students. Building on his nine years as a classroom educator, Daniel will offer examples of powerful partnerships between formal and informal education institutions and lead a dialog on how to maximize the impact of those partnerships on student achievement using Space Center Houston as a platform.

10:10 a.m. Q&A / Break
10:20 a.m. Succeed Like an Astronaut!
Leroy Chiao, Former NASA Astronaut and International Space Station Commander
This session presents STEM against the exciting backdrop of space exploration and Dr. Chiao’s personal adventures. The presentation also includes character elements, overcoming hardships, and the importance of making the right choices. These elements are presented through Dr. Chiao’s personal experiences as a young person.
11:20 a.m. Lunch (Silvermoon)
12:10 p.m. NASA Education Programs for Students and Educators
Dynae Fullwood, Educator Professional Development Activities Manager, NASA Johnson Space Center
Becky Kamas, Manager, STEM on Station, NASA Johnson Space Center

Nancy Zigler, Education Specialist, NASA Johnson Space Center
NASA Education programs engage Americans in NASA’s mission and inspire interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM. NASA supports the nation’s elementary and secondary schools, colleges, and universities by providing research and internship opportunities to fuel a vibrant culture of learning in STEM education. This presentation highlights how NASA provides unique and memorable educational experiences for students, teachers, and the public and provides opportunities for conversation with a panel of NASA Johnson Space Center’s education activities managers.
1:10 p.m. NASA JSC Tram Tour
Leave Space Center Houston for a VIP tour of the NASA Johnson Space Center.
2:30 p.m. Sphero Activity for 50 Participants (Astronaut Gallery)
Learn the basics of driving a Sphero robot by navigating a Martian maze. After driving skills have been mastered, take the next steps to engineer and build a rover to transport a payload to its destination. Get hands-on exposure to how robotics can be implemented throughout grade levels and across the curriculum.

Mars Habitat Design for 50 Participants (Silvermoon)
What does it take to build a habitat on Mars? A habitat needs life support, water, food, communication, transportation and more. Participants will divide into small groups to research and build a critical section of a Martian habitat. Teamwork, research and communication will be key for this mission to be a success!

3:30 p.m. Groups will Switch for Mars Habitat /Sphero Activity
4:30 p.m. Designing a Comprehensive and Personalized STEM Program for Your District (Blast-off Theater)
Greg Smith, Superintendent, Laura Mackay, STEM Liaison and Science Coach, Ed White E-STEM, and Kathleen Gandin, College and Career Specialist, Clear Springs High School, Clear Creek ISD
This presentation will focus on CCISD's efforts to incorporate STEM education K-12 and inspire ideas you can take back to your own district. Learn about elementary STEM engineering labs, Makerspace, Genius Hour, Train Like an Astronaut, and other programs that helped rejuvenate Ed White Elementary. Then, the focus will switch to secondary school and different STEM programs including AV Production, robotics, Project Lead the Way, and many more. Incorporated into the presentation will be strategies to help you increase "buy-in" by your stakeholders by focusing on building community support and setting up a staff implementation structure to create teacher interest.
5:30 p.m. Film: Human Destiny (Destiny Theater)
5:45 p.m. Yet Another Night at the Museum! (Starship Gallery)
Includes a tour of Starship Gallery—home to space-flown artifacts, Apollo 17, Skylab trainer, and Moon Rock Vault
6:30 p.m. Buffet Dinner (Astronaut Gallery)
Gallery features flight suits dating back to the first American trip into space
7:30 p.m. Return to Hilton Hotel / Home

Friday, October 28
All sessions take place at Space Center Houston, Destiny Theater
8:45-9 a.m. Summit attendees should arrive at Space Center Houston's Destiny Theater.
9 a.m. The Research of Gabriele Oettingen: WOOP (Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan)
Introduction: Christine Drew, Syfr Learning
Oettingen’s research focuses on how people think about the future, and how this impacts cognition, emotion, and behavior.
9:15 a.m. Applying the Science of Learning to STEM Education: Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference
Andrew Butler, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin
“Solutions” intended to improve STEM education often involve a complete overhaul of curricula and/or pedagogy. The science of learning offers a different approach. This session will reveal simple but powerful principles that improve learning and can be flexibly implemented within any curriculum or pedagogical method. Small and inexpensive changes can be as effective as comprehensive reform.
10:15 a.m. Q & A / Break
10:30 a.m. Curiosity Club
John Gordon-Reid, What On Earth Books
Travel through time with John Gordon-Reid, Commander of the Curiosity Club UK and US, to experience connected learning on What on Earth timelines! John will focus on the importance of inspiring children to learn through their own curiosity and interests, and how we children can be practically engaged through personalized learning. Using the What on Earth Science timeline, John will focus our attention on 4 or 5 moments in the history of STEM, crossing the spectrum from Abstract to Infinite while zooming in on a moment from Energy, Medicine, and Space, where STEM Summit participants have traveled for three years with the support of our Chevron partners.
11:30 a.m. Where Will Your Journey Take You? (Box Lunch)
Richard Erdman, Syfr Learning
Noon
Parting Remarks
Karen Rawls, Chevron
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