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Nurturing STEM Conference Gives Educators Building Blocks for the Future

ND outstanding teachers gather for a panel discussion at the Nurturing STEM conference at UND. Credit: Kenya Zarns.

On Thursday, Aug. 10, educators and education professsionals from North Dakota and Minnesota gathered at UND’s Memorial Union…to play with toys. Throughout the day, they got to play with KEVA planks, learn tabletop games, experience robotics, operate drones, and even build mini Martian rovers. Most importantly, they got to ignite a creative spark that they could bring back with them to their respective classrooms.

The Nurturing STEM in the PreK-12 Classroom conference was a one day experience sponsored by UND’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and Office of Teacher Recruitment and Retention (OTRR), as well as North Dakota’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR). It was designed to give teachers ideas, resources, and tools that they could use to bolster STEM learning. Attendees were treated to an opening keynote featuring UND Leadership as well as several Teachers of the Year from across the state. They also had their pick of four sessions throughout the day from a six-track programming schedule. In addition, attendees were given gift totes and had opportunties to win prizes throughout the day from door prize drawings, team trivia, and more.

For more details about the Nurturing STEM in the PreK-12 Classroom inaugural conference, seeĀ UND Today‘s coverage of the event. An album of photos from throughout the day are also available.

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