Thank you for attending the 5th Annual STEM Summit!

The 2021 STEM Summit was a great success with over 600 attendees virtually participating in 120 sessions focused on STEM learning and teaching! If you attended the Summit, here are a few key things to keep in mind as we wind down this year’s event:

Event Feedback 

If you have not done so already, please take a few minutes to provide us feedback about your overall experience at the 2021 STEM Summit. Your response helps us plan for next year’s event.

Tiny Polka Dot Game

We have a free Tiny Polka Dot game for all attendees! If you are within the NCESD region (Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties), you can pick up your game at your school district office. If you are outside of the region, we sent it to the address listed in your pdEnroller registration. If there was no address listed, then we sent it to your school district office as well. District office staff request that you please make sure to pick up your game as soon as possible.

Clock Hours

Attendance was marked according to your time spent in sessions (including keynotes) – this time was tracked and recorded through ZOOM for each of the Zoom sessions. We will use the information in this report to mark your attendance in pdEnroller. This takes a little while to do and we appreciate your patience.

You will receive an email when you have been marked attended and you will be asked to complete a pdEnroller evaluation. Once you complete this part, your clock hours are open for purchase through pdEnroller.

If you attend any of the recorded sessions being offered until the end of the month, please fill out this form to have this time marked as attended as well. Recordings of sessions should be available within the next week via SCHED.

There are a max of 30 STEM Clock Hours offered for the STEM Summit. If you attend 30 hours but wish to purchase less clock hours, please contact Barb at barbaran@ncesd.org.

 

Early Learning Institute

If you are seeking STARS hours, please provide your STARS ID number on the STEM Summit STARS Hours Request Form. There are a max of 30 STARS Hours offered for the STEM Summit. If you attend 30 hours but wish to purchase fewer STARS hours, please indicate the number of hours you wish to purchase on the Request Form.

Attendance for STARS hours will be tracked in the same way as Clock Hour attendance (see above) – for live sessions, you attendance was tracked through the Zoom platform. If you attend any of the recorded sessions being offered until the end of the month, please fill out this form to have this time marked as attended as well. Recordings of sessions should be available within the next week via SCHED.

STARS Hours are processed separately from Clock Hours and this will take some additional time to process. If you have any questions about STARS hours, please email josiek@ncesd.org or raquele@ncesd.org

Registration

You must register via pdEnroller in order to purchase Clock Hours for attending the 2021 STEM Summit.

Register for the event in pdEnroller
Registration is free for NCESD STEM Cooperative members ($200 for all others). There is the opportunity to purchase 30 Clock Hours.

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Join our event platform SCHED and choose your sessions
While the event is over, you are able to watch recordings of most sessions until August 31, 2021. You must fill out this form to have this time marked as attended in order to receive Clock Hours.

Watch Sessions

8:00am | Keynote Presentation

Bringing AI to K-12: Why, How, and Getting Started!

AI is all around us. From digital assistants like Siri on phones to shopping and movie recommendations on websites like Amazon and Netflix to self-driving cars, AI is now in the lives of our kids. While many think of AI as a part of computer science, it is now in so many aspects of our lives that learning AI can now be part of nearly every subject from science to art to math. So how can kids learn what AI is, and how can you as a teacher get them started and pumped up about learning this new technology?

In this keynote, Dr. Talagala will cover some trends of AI and how it increasingly impacts all of our lives over time. She will talk about AI Literacy – how to get K-12 students to understand what AI is, have opinions about its role in our lives, and how to teach them to use AI to solve real-world problems.

Dr. Nisha Talagala
CEO & Founder, AIClub.World

Dr. Nisha Talagala is the CEO and founder of AIClub.World which brings AI Literacy to K-12 students, professionals and other individuals worldwide. Nisha has significant experience in introducing technologies like Artificial Intelligence to new learners from students to professionals. Previously, Nisha co-founded ParallelM which pioneered the MLOps practice of managing Machine Learning in production for enterprises – acquired by DataRobot.

Nisha is a recognized leader in the operational machine learning space, having also driven the USENIX Operational ML Conference, the first industry/academic conference on production AI/ML. Nisha was previously a Fellow at SanDisk and Fellow/Lead Architect at Fusion-io. Nisha has more than 20 years of expertise in enterprise software development, distributed systems, technical strategy and product leadership. Nisha earned her PhD at UC Berkeley in Computer Science, holds 73 patents, over 25 refereed research publications, is a frequent speaker at industry and academic events, and is a contributing writer to Forbes and other publications.

Learn more about AIClub.World

9:00am | Panel Discussion

AI Jobs Now: A look inside how AI is impacting agriculture and healthcare in North Central Washington

Will Little, Moderator
Managing Director, Prota Ventures

Will is a bioengineer turned software developer and technology entrepreneur & investor. He is one of the Managing Directors at Prota Ventures, an operator-investor group that invests holistically in early stage entrepreneurs to promote human flourishing

Amanda Vargas
Supply Chain Analyst, Stemilt Growers

Amanda dedicates most of her time to cross-functional projects and specializes in Stemilt’s Fresh Cube Distribution Center and Warehouse Management System. A member of the 30 Under 35 class of 2020, Amanda embraces technology to optimize efficiency in innovative ways.

Dr. Gautam Nayak
Cardiologist, Confluence Health

Dr. Nayak established the first specialty telemedicine program in the NCW region in 2016 to better connect with his patients in Okanogan County. As both a clinical and technical innovator, Dr. Nayak is building a bridge to better patient care in his underserved region through his work with technology company Cognition Med.

10:00am | Panel Discussion

AI Jobs of the Future: A conversation about emerging AI jobs & preparing the next generation for these roles

Dr. Assefaw Gebremedhin, Moderator
Associate Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, WSU

Assefaw leads the Scalable Algorithms for Data Science (SCADS) lab at Washington State University.  His current research interests include: data science and AI, network science, high performance computing, pervasive computing, and applications in energy systems, healthcare, and cybersecurity.

Lacy Stockton
Energy Efficiency Marketing Strategist, Chelan PUD

Lacy’s diverse work centers around improving business processes, developing creative marketing strategies, and leveraging data analytics to ensure organizations make informed decisions and deliver cost-effective marketing campaigns that convert.

Dr. Caleb Pan
Data Scientist, Innov8.ag

Caleb uses geospatial data from several sources together with machine learning and statistics to address labor prioritization, harvest yield, disease, and drought stress across fruit orchards in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout his career, Caleb has explored complex data to address environmental impacts on natural resources and livelihoods.

Peter Vanney
Senior Data Analyst, Chelan County PUD

Peter uses machine learning models, neural networks, Bayesian methods, forecasting, linear programming and traditional statistical analyses to help the PUD make data-driven decisions, promote digital transformation, improve monitoring metrics, and increase efficiency of our hydroelectric plants.

The AI Expo is possible with support from:

2021 Keynote Speakers

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2021 Sessions

Focuses & Topics

The STEM Summit is for everyone! Here’s a little taste of the learning strands (topics) you can expect to see at this year’s Summit:

  • Career & Technical Education (CTE)
  • Career Connected Learning
  • Engineering
  • Early Learning
  • Math
  • Science
  • Computer Science/AI
  • EdTech
  • STEM Inclusion

Learn from Other Educators

At the STEM Summit you have the opportunity to learn from educators (just like you)! We are excited to welcome presenters from the following districts and organizations:

  • North Central Educational Service District
  • Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Wenatchee School District
  • Capital Region ESD 113
  • ESD 112
  • NEW ESD 101
  • Northwest Educational Service District 189
  • Apple STEM Network
  • Young Adult Consumer Education Trust
  • NCW Libraries
  • Eastmont School District
  • TEAMS Learning Center
  • Battle Ground School District
  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • And more!

2021-22 Science Kit Trainings – August 18-20, 2021

This year, we are offerings trainings for five of the newest Smithsonian Science for the Classroom Science units. These trainings are free to STEM Materials Co-Op members, and $75 for others.

Each training session will be offered twice; an AM session and a PM session. Each session is offered via in-person (limit 15) and simultaneously via Zoom (limit 50). In-person participants get to try out the materials, and Zoom participants will be watching and have the opportunity to ask questions.

In addition to the five Classroom Science unit trainings, we are offering a “Carolina Science 101” session designed to familiarize teachers with all of the online resources associated with the Smithsonian curriculum.

Please note: You do not need to attend the trainings to receive a Kit during the school year. Click here to learn more about Science Kits and other resources offered by NCESD.

Training Sessions

Select the grade level/session below and use the links to register via pdEnroller. These trainings are free to STEM Materials Co-Op members, and $75 for others.

Learn the all new Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, research based, 1st grade kit: How Can We Predict When the Sky Will Go Dark?  A Carolina Science kit trainer will prepare you to effectively teach the kit in your classroom in this three hour event.  3 STEM Clock Hours are available for attendance.

AM Session: Wed, August 18 2021 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

PM Session: Wed, August 18 2021 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Learn the all new Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, research based, 2nd Grade:  How Can We Find the Best Place for a Plant to Grow?  A Carolina Science kit trainer will prepare you to effectively teach the kit in your classroom in this three hour event.  3 STEM Clock Hours are available for attendance.

AM Session: Thu, August 19 2021 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

PM Session: Thu, August 19 2021 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Learn the all new Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, research based, 3rd Grade: How Can We Predict Patterns of Motion?  A Carolina Science kit trainer will prepare you to effectively teach the kit in your classroom in this three hour event.  3 STEM Clock Hours are available for attendance.

AM Session: Fri, August 20 2021 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

PM Session: Fri, August 20 2021 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Learn the all new Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, research based, 4th Grade: How Does Motion Energy Change in a Collision?  A Carolina Science kit trainer will prepare you to effectively teach the kit in your classroom in this three hour event.  3 STEM Clock Hours are available for attendance.

AM Session: Wed, August 18 2021 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

PM Session: Wed, August 18 2021 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Learn the all new Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, research based, 5th Grade:  How Can We Use the Sky to Navigate?A Carolina Science kit trainer will prepare you to effectively teach the kit in your classroom in this three hour event.  3 STEM Clock Hours are available for attendance.

AM Session: Thu, August 19 2021 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

PM Session: Thu, August 19 2021 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Carolina Science Online (CSO) offers online resources to support Carolina’s hands-on labs and science curricula. Learn how to use this platform to better utilize all of the resources available to you in teaching the Smithsonian suite of science units.

A Carolina Science kit trainer will prepare you to effectively use this resource in your classroom in this three hour event.  3 STEM Clock Hours are available for attendance.

AM Session: Fri, August 20 2021 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

PM Session: Fri, August 20 2021 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Questions?

If you have questions about our Science Kit trainings, please contact Cari Haug (NCESD’s Regional Science Coordinator)

 

Additional Training Opportunities

Districts are encouraged to develop their own trainers who can attend a facilitator institute in June where they can develop their presentations and ask questions. Districts may also choose to contact NCESD to arrange a training. A minimum of ten teachers is required. For districts in the STEM cooperative (the professional learning cooperative, not the STEM Materials Center program) the fee is $25 per participant; all other districts will be charged $125 per participant with a minimum of 10.

2021 Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring the STEM Summit and connecting directly with educators in the North Central Washington region and beyond? Learn more here or email Pete Phillips.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I get partial clock hours, or do I need to purchase for the entire Summit?
    • You can purchase only what you need. We will mark you attended based on attendance at each session. You will then get a notification from pdEnroller and can purchase you customized clock hours. If you watch the recorded sessions, we will take attendance manually and you will be able to purchase those clock hours too.
  • Will the sessions be recorded?
    • Yes, all sessions will be recorded and available in SCHED.
      • By the next day, go back into sched and choose the session you want to watch
      • Click the Video Stream button and the recording will play
    • You can watch these sessions until 8/31/21 and receive clock hours too!!
    • To receive clock hours for recorded sessions please fill out this form.
  • Where are the links to the Zoom sessions?
    • All links are in the SCHED app. Go to SCHED.com and search for 2021 stem summit, or download the app, login, and find your session info.