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Tuesday, July 20 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Breakout Option B: Connecting Engineering to Critical STEM Career Skills

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With the amount of time for science constantly under scrutiny, developing experiences that connect engineering and STEM careers into content standards is critical. Through game-based learning and experiential learning, leaders across the country are innovating and embedding these into practice. 

Given that over 90% of school-age kids play video games on a regular basis, it is the ideal medium to engage kids in learning, promote productive struggle voluntarily, and meet students where they are while building 21st century skills. While educators leverage games frequently, they often struggle to integrate meaningful activities tied to standards, STEM skills, careers, and engineering practices that deepen student understanding. Discuss with a panel of experts how to effectively incorporate STEM into instructional practice.

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Lee Warren

S.T.E.M./Curriculum & Instruction Designer, Austin ISD, TX
Lee Warren holds a B.S. in Biology & Chemistry, M.B.A in Management & Marketing and M.Ed. in Education Administration.  Ms. Warren currently serves on the Austin Independent School District's S.T.E.M. team as a Curriculum and Instruction Designer. In her 23 years with AISD Ms. Warren... Read More →
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Jennifer McMannis

Jennifer has worked in education for 14 years and has been part of the Manatee School District for the last 10 years.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. She has taught both high school and middle school science classes and... Read More →
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Jonathan Gerlach

Sr. Director of District Partnerships, Legends of Learning
An Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow Emeritus and NASA STEM Endeavor Fellow, Jonathan has led efforts across the world in promoting STEM Education within schools, districts, communities, educational organizations, and industry. For over a decade, he has delivered mission... Read More →
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Sally Creel

STEM & Innovation Supervisor, Cobb County School District, GA
Sally Creel, K-12 STEM & Innovation Supervisor for Cobb County Schools in Georgia, has spent the last 26 years as an educator, science and STEM administrator working with leaders, teachers and K–12 students. Sally has served as a professional development consultant for several organizations... Read More →
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Chris Schaben

Supervisor of 6-12 Science, Omaha Public Schools, NE
Dr. Chris Schaben, is the Science Supervisor for Omaha Public Schools (OPS), the largest urban district in Nebraska. Dr. Schaben is a passionate science/STEM education leader who inspires teachers and students. His work as Principal Investigator of several grants has moved his district... Read More →

Tuesday July 20, 2021 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT