STEMLinx Forum Presented by: Upstate SC STEM Collaborative & NSBE

  • Network with other STEM professionals
  • Learn more about our Upstate K-12 STEM initiatives
  • Discover ways to get involved
  • Discuss gaps in STEM outreach and how to reach underserved students
  • Help cast our vision for the future
  • Come away inspired to ensure that every student is college & career ready!

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Meeting Minutes – September 13, 2017

Collaborative Meeting

September 13, 2017

4:00-5:30 pm

@ Roper Mountain Science Center

Attendance:

Kelsye Acker, Madeline Brown, Steven Brown, Joan Burket, Fay Choban, Bob Choban, John Driscoll, David Gardner, Alice Gilchrist, Juan Gonzalez, Laura Graves, Jennifer Harrill, Melissa Huff, James Kalinowski, Jennifer Klipp, Katie Klipp, Zephaniah Long, Lynn Mann, Mel Middleton, Jessica Morton, Val Mosher, Rick Murphy, Bill Pedersen, London Penland, Cassidy Reynolds, Rob Rhodes, Brian Richard, Thomas Riddle, Ansel Sanders, Dawn Sheriff, Donna Swanger, Tiffany Tate, Cheryl Wiggins

Meeting Information

 

    1. Welcome – Melissa
    2. Announcements – Melissa
      1. Introduce Kelsye Acker
      2. Update on iMAGINE Upstate
      3. Show iU video (5 min)
    3. Introduce Guest Speaker – Melissa – until 4:20pm
    4. Keynote Speaker – Ansel Sanders (20-30 min) – until 5pm
      1. STEAM Grants – K-12 awards 5 $2k grants to support STEAM related projects in the classroom for the year. Creating conditions to attract & retain teach talent through social media & reaching out to principals.
      2. Ansel’s introduces Discussion Questions
      3. Explains that conversation notes will be used by Melissa to create a survey to inform our goals and direction moving forward
    5. Roundtable Discussions (15-20 min) – 5:00 – 5:20pm
      1. Questions: Sheets at tables
      2. Discussion Time (15 min)
      3. Sharing (10 min) – each table shares 3 take-away points or follow-up questions with the entire group (5:20 – 5:30pm)
    6. Closing – Director (5:30pm) – 5 minutes
      1. Melissa – thanks Ansel Sanders
      2. Ask for notes and remind how they will be used – expect to receive a follow up survey within two weeks
      3. Next meeting will be a joint Special Event with NSBE that will delve deeper into these questions and solidify our goals, mission and strategic plans moving forward through 2020. Date: 15th from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Includes roundtable workshops led by facilitators and lots of time for networking. Location TBD.

Discussion Questions

  1. What does STEAM or STEM mean to you? What are the underlying assumptions? How can STEM or STEAM be integrated into in-school and out-of-school experiences for students?
    • Do kids assume they must be Great at math in order to do STEM?
    • Culture of STEM practitioners’ values critical thinking (role of failure)
    • Integration of content
    • Interconnections of S.T.E.A.M. and industries
    • Bridge gap between STEM education and STEM careers
    • Developing necessary skills to be successful in the workforce
      • Both STEM and soft skills
    • A vehicle to empower students and children
      • Minorities, lower class/impoverished, women
    • Better educate parents & teachers on STEAM & STEM
    • Give students a road map & career overview of various careers in STEAM & STEAM
  2. Is STEM mainly about WHAT to learn or HOW to learn?
    • How to learn
    • Foster creativity
  3. What do we mean by “21st Century” skills? Profile of a SC Graduate.
    • Add to handout Master Classes
    • More understanding
    • Meaningful/Practical learning
    • Problem solving – hands on
    • Confidence
    • Learning to learn
    • Continuous learning
  4. How do we know that there are gaps in STEM education and workforce development?
    • Difficulty in
      • Recruitment into industry/school system
      • Do kids relate real-life careers with STEM subjects
      • Classroom prep in college
    • Lack of teachers
    • Importing of employees
    • Lack of supply for our current workforce
    • Lack of varies problem-solving skills and risk taking (which build confidence that is needed in STEM
  5. Is our goal to prepare students to enter the workforce or to prepare well-rounded global citizens?
    • Yes, to enter the workforce means you are a good citizen
    • Both
    • It’s both
    • Well-rounded global citizens enter the workforce more prepared, more seamlessly ready and with more to offer
  6. What are some ways we can work together as a community to better prepare students for their future?
    • Summer classes
    • Value education
    • Celebrity – need science, not just sports
    • Companies adopt schools and provide role models
    • Create community projects that act as intermediary mediums for public/private partnerships
    • Offer Engaging, hands-on, relevant, age-appropriate activities
    • Offer exposure to STEM workers from the “real-world”
    • Open opportunities for seeing STEM in workplaces close to the students
  7. What is the purpose of the Upstate STEM Collaborative?
    • The people in this room at different places in understanding/wants/needs
    • Sharing resources
    • Build networks/connections
    • Identify possible opportunities
    • Get us all working together to provide insight and collaboration
    • To join reps from various fields, raise awareness of opportunities, provide networking of organizations to open doors of opportunity for ALL SC students in STEAM
  8. What role should the Upstate STEM Collaborative play in improving education and supporting economic development in our region? What areas of the community should we be focused on impacting: schools, afterschool and summer programs, public policy, business and industry, etc.
    • Teach parents and teachers the value of a career in STEM manufacturing
      • Opportunities from 2-year degrees
    • Introduce students to the career skills path to STEM at younger ages
    • More apprenticeship programs at high school level
    • Breaking the stigma of technical/ 2-year degrees and advance manufacturing
    • Showcasing the success of students placed in careers after 2-year degree/certifications vs 4-year degrees
    • Act as a networking facilitator to bridge gaps between volunteer groups and partnerships
      • Communities, schools, after school, summer, 4 to 5, Public Policy to Business/Industry

    Additional Notes

    • BIG IDEAS from one group
    • Goal – Equip SC students in STEAM for life
    • Need – Additional access to opportunities and funding for/in STEAM in and out of the classroom
    • Action – Pool resources and increase quality communication