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Edinboro University will host 4th Annual Northwest Pennsylvania STEM Conference


EDINBORO, Pa. – Educators, higher education professionals, business and industry representatives and others will come together Tuesday at Edinboro University for the 4th annual Northwest Pennsylvania Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Conference.

The “STEM” Conference will focus on this year’s theme: “STEM Skills for Today: Economic Vitality for the Future.” The conference sessions will address a diversity of topics focused on the importance of developing competence in critical STEM areas.

Beginning at 8 a.m. in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center, topics covered in the conference will be current research-based information designed to address various interests within the STEM disciplines.

The conference features keynote speakers Jim Brazell and Dr. Jerry D. Valdez.  Brazell, a member of the Thornburg Center for Professional Development and the Society for Design and Process Science STEM team, is a technology forecaster and strategist focusing on innovation and transformation. Valdez is Director of the Central Valley Science Project, a University of California professional development network of science faculty, professional developers and teachers of science, K-through-12. Dr. Valdez is also a contributing author to a National Academy of Science project and will present recent research titled “Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Grades K-12.”

According to conference organizers, the keynote speakers will deliver their presentations at 9 a.m. at the Pogue Center, and during lunch at Van Houten Dining Hall.

The Northwest Pennsylvania region STEM network is one of five networks in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania working to create regional STEM strategies for its stakeholders. The Northwest Region is composed of individuals from Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango and Warren Counties.

Conference registration costs $199. College and high school students have been encouraged to attend at a reduced registration rate fee.

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