Welcome to the eighth 100Kin10 Annual Partner Summit, an annual convening of 250+ leaders committed to solving the challenges underlying the STEM teacher shortage. 

Over the course of the day, our hope is that you’ll spark meaningful connections with peers, exchange perspectives and stories, glean insights, and get energized about new possibilities for your work and for the field.
Tuesday, March 26 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
STEM Outside the Classroom

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How might we creatively make use of spaces (including outdoor spaces, libraries, museums, etc.) to broaden access to STEM learning?

Grand Challenge Themes:
Instructional Materials
Teacher Leadership

Eastern Elementary, Lexington Local Schools
Kayla Heimann  Twitter: @HeimannKayla

As a Teacher Forum member, here's how I'm tackling this challenge:
"From the student perspective, any time we as educators can take advantage of breaking up the routine in the classroom, and provide real-world, tangible examples of the content, it leaves a lasting impact. So many best practices in STEM education revolve around hands-on learning, and creative teaching.

Unfortunately, school finance, fees for program expenses, and the limited nonprofit budgets of informal learning spaces can impact an educator’s ability to participate in such programs. Often, the biggest limiting factor for educators participating in these opportunities is the lack of awareness they exist, or they are left to find these programs and details on their own.

During my time as an Albert Einstein Fellow, I developed a comprehensive guide to museum resources for educators offered in Washington, D.C. This model can be adapted to any geographic area and disseminated to educators in that region!"

Bay Area Discovery Museum
Janine Okmin  Twitter: @JanineAOk | @BADM_org

How our organization is tackling this challenge:
"BADM’s mobile engineering lab, the Try it Truck, brings museum programs to communities of young learners to introduce the engineering design process in engaging, playful, and accessible ways."

In 2017, BADM developed the Try it Truck, a mobile engineering lab, to provide greater STEM content access to schools and teachers, particularly those 5th grade and younger. Yet what set out to engage schools has engaged some unexpected audiences—nearly half of our bookings come from librarians, community organizations, corporations, and more. This presentation will explore some of our unexpected detours and other learnings, including: ways we’ve adapted a solid core program to meet the needs of various users; how we’ve connected the Truck programs with onsite museum programs; challenges with logistics and staffing; and some preliminary findings related to current research on the truck’s impact on student, teacher, and parent perceptions of STEM content.

Carnegie Science Center
Toni Stith  Twitter: @CarnegieSciCtr

How our organization is tackling this challenge:
"The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway is a free online resource for improving STEM education at your school or district."

Carnegie Science Center (CSC) has a resource that broadens access to STEM learning at formal educational institutions. The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway is a free, online resource for use by K-12 schools/districts to evaluate and improve their STEM education. It is a self-evaluation instrument that helps educators to identify their strengths and challenges in their programs and set goals for advancing STEM education. Each goal is assigned a time-frame for completion and resources are located on STEMisphere to help achieve the goals. CSC is expanding the Pathway's reach to include Out-of-School Time organizations that also deliver STEM programming. We know this alignment of formal and informal education would greatly benefit students’ STEM learning but, what would this look like? What elements would make the greatest impact on student learning?

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Kayla Heimann

5th Grade Math & Science Teacher, Eastern Elementary, Lexington Local Schools

Janine Okmin

Director of Education, Bay Area Discovery Museum
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Toni Stith

STEM Professional Development Manager, Carnegie Science Center
I work with educators in schools, districts, educational agencies, science centers, museums, and other educational organizations to improve STEM education through the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway.

Tuesday March 26, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Dickinson Auditorium A

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