This year’s STE@Minar Conference, hosted by St. Lucie Pubic Schools (SLPS) featured a spotlight on science, technology, the arts, engineering, and mathematics education. Strategies, resources, academic plans, and collaborative discussions were among the choices of talent development sessions offered at this event.

With quality instruction as a core priority for the school district, the STE@Minar Conference provided professional educators with opportunities to turn up the heat on teaching and learning. In the same way that a single degree change takes water from hot at 211 degrees to boiling at 212 degrees, the infusion of varied and engaging instructional practices can motivate learners, inspire inquiry, and catapult results for students.

According to Joseph St. Rose, an Algebra instructor, this conference has afforded the opportunity to work with other experts in the field and glean professional practices and resources to help his students advance in the rigorous curriculum.  “I am looking forward to connecting with my colleagues to continue our work together beyond the conference.”

“Advancements in STE@M education are critically important to preparing students for the world of work and for successful collegiate experiences,” said Allison Barajas, co-coordinator for the event.  “In the same way that we create positive momentum in education by working together collaboratively and sharing ideas, we work with our business partners to create a more innovative conference each year.”  She went on to express her appreciation for the support of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Indian River State College, Regional Center for Nuclear Education and Training (RCNET), Laser-tec, and Wal-mart.

Teri Barenborg, co-coordinator, added “We are also extremely appreciative of area science and math agencies and vendors who provided information and donated door prizes.”  She noted, “A boom to this year’s conference was the decision to move the event to Indian River State College’s Kight and Brown Centers.   This shift enabled our teachers to partner with IRSC professors in providing the latest information about STE@M topics in unique conference sessions.”