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Welcome to the Virtual 2020 LaSTEM Summit.

The 2020 3rd Annual LaSTEM Statewide Summit will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, and Thursday, October 29, 2020, in its first-ever virtual convening. The 3rd Annual Statewide Summit has three objectives:

  1. To showcase some of the most effective, resourceful, and impactful STEM activities and programs in Louisiana.
  2. To host informative and engaging breakout sessions for educators, administrators, legislators, and leaders from PreK-Postsecondary education regarding school and industry partnerships, innovative STEM programs and pathways, and success stories of existing STEM efforts in Louisiana and throughout the United States.
  3. To allow participants opportunities to discuss regional needs, become informed of the purpose for Regional STEM Network Centers in Louisiana, and how to become involved.

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Wednesday, October 28 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Integrating STEM into Prek-16

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STEM Ecosystems - Leveraging and Connecting Partners for Effective STEM Integration PK-16

The journey to a rewarding STEM career can be difficult, particularly for underrepresented populations. To become STEM proficient, students must have access to challenging and relevant activities and coursework. They also need well-trained instructors (in both formal and informal settings) and exposure to a continuum of stimulating project-based experiences, internships, and/or apprenticeships. In addition, they need supportive, well-designed pathways that culminate in well-paying STEM jobs. Sparking interest in STEM early on and retaining students during their journey through post-secondary education and into the workplace, requires a huge dose of community and family awareness and strategic engagement by business and industry. What does this continuum of STEM learning look like and how must partners connect and align to fill gaps? This presentation will highlight actions taken by our partners who have formed an "Opportunity Zone" that is increasing equity and easy access to STEM-integrated learning experiences, resources, and opportunities for all stakeholders, in all contexts, at all ages that results in high-quality talent for our region.

Building a Community Around STEM

This presentation will provide an overview of the new Region 6 STEM Center in Alexandria hosted by Northwestern State University. The STEM center will provide regional opportunities for PK-16 faculty and students and STEM partners to engage in activities that promote STEM culture and literacy, experiential learning, and prepare a STEM workforce for the future. The STEM Center will support activities and experiences where faculty and students become immersed in challenging, problem-based learning experiences and engage in scientific inquiry. The Region 6 STEM Center will build a collaborative, sustainable infrastructure for STEM, fostering collaborative opportunities that inspire young people to be leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math and to think like scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs.

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Michael Snowden

Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity, Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Michael T. Snowden is employed by Northwestern State University of Louisiana, as the Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity.  He is married to LaRona J. Snowden and is the father of three children.  He received his degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, which include... Read More →
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Darlene Williams

Vice President, Northwestern State University
Dr. Darlene Williams is the Vice President for Technology, Innovation, and Economic Development at Northwestern State University and serves as the key administrator in the development and continuance of business and industrial partnerships. In addition, she is responsible for the... Read More →
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Curtis Penrod

Senior Coor. of Business Programs & Assc Prof., Northwestern State University
Dr. Curtis Penrod is the Senior Coordinator of Business Programs and an Associate Professor in the Northwestern State University (NSU) College of Business and Technology (COBT). In this role, Dr. Penrod helps oversee the various degree programs in the COBT, including the B.S. and... Read More →
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Frank Neubrander

Executive Director and Chair, Gordon A. Cain Center for STEM Literacy, Louisiana State University
Dr. Frank Neubrander is the Executive Director and Chair of the Gordon A. Cain Center for STEM Literacy at Louisiana State University. He directs the LSU College Readiness Program that includes the LSU Dual-Enrollment Program, the LSU STEM Pathways Program, and several LSU STEM Teacher... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am CDT