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Rooted In Place: Transforming Education Through STEM Learning Ecosystems Environmental Connections
Within one generation, on the order of 80% of jobs will require literacy in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Meeting this demand represents a huge educational challenge. However, a great opportunity now exists to support teachers, says Scott Sampson—not through the addition of more STEM provider organizations, but rather via deep, cross-sector collaboration. In this presentation, Sampson describes an emerging movement known as “STEM learning ecosystems,” which leverage the assets of multiple partners to scale impact and provide the support necessary to boost scientific literacy. Three elements are key: 1) a dramatic increase in the number of STEM mentors (both teachers and community experts); 2) networking of these mentors within their local communities; and 3) a digital portal that serves as both resource library and social platform. Sampson will also unveil plans for Canada’s first STEAM learning ecosystem (the “A” added for Art & Design), which will be based right here in British Columbia.
Target Audience Applicable to all (e.g. K-12)
Scott Sampson is a dinosaur paleontologist, science communicator, and passionate advocate for reimagining cities as places where people and nature thrive. He has published numerous scientific and popular articles, and regularly speaks to audiences of all ages on topics ranging from dinosaurs and education to sustainability and connecting kids with nature. He currently serves as the President and CEO of Science World British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Scott has appeared in many television documentaries and served as a science advisor for a variety of media projects, most recently the BBC movie, Walking With Dinosaurs. He has also authored multiple books for children and adults, including Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life, and How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature. He is perhaps best known, however, as “Dr. Scott,” host and science advisor of the Emmy-nominated PBS KIDS television series Dinosaur Train, produced by the Jim Henson Company.
Conference Sponsors & Supporters
The Superconference Planning Committee would like to thank the following conference sponsors for their generous support of Superconference 2017.
We would also like to acknowledge the assistance of our conference supporters:
A special conference rate is available at the Pan Pacific hotel. The rates are:
$219/night + taxes SOLD OUT
Deluxe Harbour View Room
$249/night + taxes SOLD OUT
All available rooms are currently booked. Contact the hotel directly to be added to the waitlist. There are also plenty of other hotels close to the conference site.
Super Conference is a celebration of the BC Teachers' Federations' (BCTF) hundredth year. It is the collaborative effort of 25 Provincial Specialist Associations (PSAs) to host 6000 participants, hundreds of workshops, over 30 keynotes, and over 275 presenters in downtown Vancouver. This amazing conference would not be possible without the extraordinary teachers who volunteer outside of their regular work to be an executive member on the following PSAs:
There is no pre registration for sessions and keynotes. The first come, first served principle applies. Attendees must observe instructions provided by the instructor/speaker or event staff.
Rooms are limited by the official published capacities. Standing and sitting in the aisle is not permitted due to fire regulations.
No video of keynotes. Video of break out presenters only with explicit permission of the presenter.
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