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FOR EDUCATORS

Garmin Virtual Educators Summit


Garmin invites educators to its inaugural Virtual Educators Summit on June 30. During the summit, you will hear from leaders in the industry, attend breakout room sessions of your choice and learn how you can collaborate with Garmin to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.

Attention Kansas and Missouri teachers: Once you register, you will also have the chance to apply for educator grants, which will be awarded at the event. Space is limited, so be sure you register by June 28

Register here >
 



Artificial Intelligence & Machine
Learning Webinar Series

The Witchita State University College of Engineering invites high school educators to join free virtual webinars to learn about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) and how to incorporate AI/ML into class. Two sessions of the series remain: Application of AI on June 28 and AI and Society on July 8.

See the details and register here >
 



Visit STEM Connect-KC for more!

Summer is officially here! Find STEAM camps, events and programs, including teacher professional development, at STEM Connect-KC. 

Explore now >
DIVERSITY IN STEM

Closing the Racial Gap in STEM Webinar Series


The recently completed five-part “Closing the Racial Gap in STEM” webinar series helped name and acknowledge barriers to success in STEM for students of color. Led by KC STEM Alliance's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist Christina Chandler and moderated by the Kansas City Public Library's Director of Strategic Learning Andrea Ellis, the series included conversations with 20 panelists, including formal and informal educators, parents and students.

Now begins the work to build a strategic plan of action shaped by insights gleaned from these conversations. Stay tuned for more detailed reporting. In the meantime, you can watch all five conversations on YouTube.

See the recordings >
 


Museum at Prairiefire exhibit: Talking About Race


A new exhibit from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is now open and FREE to the public at the Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park. “Talking About Race: A Lifelong Journey” provides tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation about race and why talking about race matters. 

Learn more >
 

New documentary challenges negative stereotypes


"Not the Science Type," a new documentary film aimed at addressing negative stereotypes and the need for greater diversity, equity and inclusion in the STEM fields, recently made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival.  Produced by 3M in partnership with Generous Films and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the film features four female scientists who challenge these stereotypes, confronting discrimination as they rise to prominence in their fields of science. The scientists include:
  • Gitanjali Rao, TIME Magazine's Kid of the Year 2020, is a 15-year-old inventor who is on a mission to inspire and create a global community of young innovators to solve problems all over the world.
  • Dr. Ciara Sivels, a nuclear engineer with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, and the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan, and an AAAS If/Then ambassador.
  • Dr. Jessica Taaffe, global health scientist, microbiologist, and an AAAS If/Then ambassador.
  • Dr. Jayshree Seth, chemical engineer and 3M's chief scientist advocate, with 72 patents to her name.
Learn more and preview the films here >
STEM ADVOCACY

Kansas approves CompSci for math, science credits

First row: Nick Poels, NetWork Kansas; Katie Hendrickson, Code.org; Martha McCabe, KC STEM Alliance; Sierra Marie Bonn, Miss Southwest 2020/WSU graduate. Back row: Ashley Scheideman, Flagship Kansas.Tech; Emily Meyer, Science City; Stephen King, Kansas Department of Education.

Computer science can now be counted as a core math or science credit toward high school graduation. Before the Kansas State Board of Education's June 8 decision, Kansas was one of only two states that counted computer science courses as an elective, but not as a core math, science or other core discipline credit. Now local school boards can substitute one unit of computer science for either one unit of science or math as long as the student meets the math and science concepts required in regulations and the school district allows it.

This decision comes at the same time as the KC Tech Council released its KC Tech Specs V4, a comprehensive report on the impact and progress of the technology industry in Kansas City. The report underscored the continuing need for computer science education as Kansas City’s tech industry ranked third in the nation, behind only San Francisco and Austin in percentage of tech job gains in 2020, with nearly 103,000 jobs. The report is available in its entirety at KCTechSpecs.com.

FIRST ROBOTICS

KC team reaches Global Innovation Award finals!


Teams across FIRST programs competed this year in the Global Innovation Awards competition. FIRST Tech Challenge teams were tasked with identifying a problem or opportunity and designing a solution to help people (or a community of people) keep, regain or achieve optimum physical and/or mental health and fitness through active play or movement.

Local team 6547-Cobalt Colts developed a Wii Fit Balance Board for Nintendo Switch and is one of just 20 FTC teams around the world reaching the finals. Check out the top 60 innovations across programs and vote for your favorites in the Community Choice awards by Monday, June 28. 

Then tune into FIRSTtv at 1:30 p.m. CST on Wednesday, June 30, to watch the celebration and awards ceremony!

See a schedule of all end-of-season celebrations >

SAVE THE DATE

KC STEM Summit + Remake Learning Days Celebration


Save the date: Afternoon of Thursday, September 9

Mark your calendars for a community-wide STEM Summit followed by a Remake Learning Days wrap party and back-to-school celebration! Details to follow.
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