Last week, I attended the National Science Teachers Association STEM Forum in San Francisco. I attended a variety of sessions and had fun checking out the exhibitor hall. As far as conferences go, it was fairly average in my opinion. Most of the sessions I went to were done well and engaging/applicable, though there were some “misses”. It was great to see one of my old employers at the exhibit hall- NatureBridge- and exchange updates.

The sessions I attended:

  • Building a battery, Nasco
  • Assessment in Project Based Learning
  • Greening STEM
  • Gameplay in STEM
  • Trends in STEM education
  • A session for nonprofits
  • Using Arduino and Raspberry Pi
  • Weather and Climate lessons for STEM

Some tools I’m excited to incorporate into my programs in the future include:

  • 3Doodler pens (I was sold on the fact that their plastic is plant based and compostable! Plus the pen for younger kids is safe to touch)
  • PocketLab: both the Voyager and Air
  • EnviroAtlas
  • MIT app inventor
  • A ton of books, way too many to list!

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