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With over 550 participants from 36 countries, the 21st Century Learning Conference is the event of choice for those who want to come together to learn, share and discuss current & emerging topics in education. With a strong focus on the impact of technology on learning and teaching, the event blends together inspirational keynotes, practitioner led workshop sessions, plus fun professional sharing and networking opportunities.


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Friday, March 10 • 15:20 - 16:20
STEAM Mini-Keynote Session
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Drones in Education (Lian Pin Koh)

Drones are taking the world by storm and educators are increasingly interested in how they can use them to create authentic learning experiences. Dr. Lian Pin Koh from the University of Adelaide will describe how he has adapted drones to protect the world’s forests and wildlife. The techniques Dr. Koh has used can be applied to the K-12 education contexts allowing students to engage in real science and discover more about the bigger world around them.

To Fix the STEM Skills Shortage, We Must Close the Gender Gap (Kimberly Mecham)

Explore the correlation between the shortage of STEM workers and the gender gap that exists in these fields. She will explain how starting STEM education early can address both issues and offer strategies for integrating STEM lessons into K – 8 curriculums by providing examples of how educators at St. Thomas School have integrated STEM into students’ academic journeys from an early age.

Why the 'A' in STEAM (Brittany Morgan & Peter Hennigar)

The importance of the arts in a scientific approach to learning. When we realized that design thinking, scientific process, implementing visual art techniques, etc.  were are all based on the same pedagogical approaches – we decided to integrate them together as much as possible. This had a direct impact on our student’s learning. The marriage of the artistic & scientific thinking allows us to give real world context to learning.

The 'M' in STEAM (Tim Carrell)

How can we use opportunities in other school subjects to reinforce the idea that mathematics plays a role in everything. How does computer technology provide a bridge to access wider applications of mathematics and what are the essential and most important skills for mathematics students now and in the future. Many fields of Mathematics benefit from context. The situation provides meaning. More and more the calculations are becoming trivial and can be automated, but asking good questions, finding an approach, good data and using or communicating results with understanding becomes very important.

What the E? - Demystifying Engineering in STEAM (Sylvia Martinez)

The engineering design process is the heart of innovative learning and invention. Examples and resources will be shared that put the E in STEAM. Engineering can and should occur across the curriculum with a wide variety of materials and experiences to support equity and inclusion. 

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Tim Carrell

Vice Principal, KGV
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Peter Hennigar

Head of Science, Shekou International School
Peter is a passionate maker & science teacher that is still practicing his personal art form through the media of photography using elements & principles of design to capture his travels and the microscopic world. Instagram: @phennigar Twitter: @petehennigar

Lian Pin Koh

University of Adelaide
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Sylvia Martinez

Author, Invent to Learn
Sylvia Martinez, a former aerospace engineer, is co-author of the book, Invent to Learn:Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, called “the bible of the classroommaker movement.” Sylvia speaks to and works with schools around the world and ispresident of Constructing... Read More →
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Kimberly Mecham

Director of the Center for Leadership & Innovation, St. Thomas School
Kimberly Mecham is the Director of the Center for Leadership & Innovation at St. Thomas School in Medina, Washington.  Before joining the world of education, she was an IT Product Manager at Microsoft, where she worked on leading edge, award winning software solutions for Human Resources... Read More →
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Brittany Morgan

MS HS Virtual Art, Shekou International School
Brittany is a visual art teacher who studied Neuroscience who still practices her own art form through large scale paintings and drawings, whose subject matter is heavily influenced by the sciences. “ Artists and scientists never really get an opportunity to communicate. Scientists... Read More →

Friday March 10, 2017 15:20 - 16:20 HKT