RI STEM Center Conference Focuses on Action Plan 

The RI STEM Center at Rhode Island College’s annual conference will seek to establish a long-term vision to meet the state’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics [STEM] education and workforce needs.

“Creating Rhode Island’s Future: Building Capacity for STE[A]M” will be held on Friday, May 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Alger Hall, Room 110. Admission to the conference is free.

Rhode Island business leaders, educators and stakeholders will work to develop and prioritize strategies that will provide the preliminary steps toward establishing a STE[A]M [STEM, Art + Design] council in Rhode Island.

 “There is a need for education, industry and government to work together to move STE[A]M forward in Rhode Island,” said Carol Giuriceo, director of the RI STEM Center. “We agree on where we want to be, but we need to answer the question: How do we get there?”

Attendees will address three challenges in breakout sessions: connecting engaged students, connecting STE[A]M skills to increase career readiness and connecting statewide sectors to build support for a STE[A]M vision for Rhode Island.

Giuriceo said the conference’s goal is to create actionable steps for implementing the council plan.

The conference also includes a breakout session on implementing computer science education in Rhode Island public schools, sponsored by the Rhode Island Chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association.

“We will be rolling up our sleeves to develop goals, objectives and priorities,” Giuriceo said.

Margaret Honey, president and CEO of the New York Hall of Science, will deliver a keynote address. Honey recently served as chair of the National Research Council’s committee that produced the 2014 report, “STEM Integration in K-12 Education: Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research.”

For more information on the conference, visit www.ric.edu/steamconference. Register for the conference at tinyurl.com/RegistrationMay30

The Rhode Island STEM Center at Rhode Island College is the state’s primary educational hub, resource and research collaborative, established to increase interest in and advancement of STEM in Rhode Island.