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Pace University’s School of Education to Host One-Day Conference on Effective Practices for STEM-D Teaching & Learning

White Plains, NY – May 1, 2014 -- Pace University’s School of Education, The Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network, The New York Technology Educators Network, Southern Westchester BOCES, and The Lower Hudson Regional Information Center will present a one-day conference, “Rethinking STEM-D Education: Innovative Practices from the Field” on Thursday, May 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pace’s Graduate Center at One Martine Avenue in White Plains. This conference is geared toward practitioners and administrators who are interested in student success in STEM-D fields -- science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and design -- including pre-K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, afterschool and museum educators, and school and non-school program administrators.

The need for students to succeed in STEM fields – in school and at work – has been an ongoing national conversation. The key to success is engaging students early and encouraging their exploration of the STEM fields.

Participants will attend workshops to learn from teachers and researchers who have helped engage students, from elementary through high school, in effective STEM-D instruction. Workshops will delve into topics including robotics, Scratch programming, lunar rover design, roller coaster physics, MaKey MaKey, 3D printing, game design, digital design lab, MakerSpace, and nature and science for young children.

Two keynote addresses by renowned science education innovators will be the highlight of the event:

•           Stephen Jacobs, Associate Director of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s new MAGIC Center and its Technological Literacy Lab, will present “Games for Learning & Education: A Historical Look Back, A Survey of Today’s Landscape and Predictions for the Future That Will Be Proven Wrong Later.”

•           Vicki Cobb, innovator in hands-on-science and author of the classic book Science Experiments You Can Eat, will present “How To Teach Science: It’s Not the Answers That Count, It’s The Questions!”

The cost for the conference is $25, which includes morning refreshments, lunch and a raffle entry to win one of 10 Kindle Fire tablets. Attendees may register online through Pace University or, if paying by Purchase Order, through MyLearningPlan.

For more information, visit the Pace School of Education website at www.pace.edu/soe or contact Merrill Lee Fuchs at (914) 773-3884 or soeevents@pace.edu.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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