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BUFFALO — Dr. Xiaoning Zhang,associate professor of biology at St. Bonaventure University, will present a workshop at Building Buffalo and Beyond, the fifth annual WNY STEAM Conference, on Monday, Aug. 6, at Daemen College. Her presentation is called “Teaching DNA In Our Life From K-12.”
Building Buffalo and Beyond features two days of workshops and learning experiences geared to educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 and higher education, plus informal STEM providers.
The goal is to provide for educators professional development that inspires innovation and ingenuity in teaching science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. The conference will be held on the Daemen College campus, 4380 Main St. in Amherst.
Registration is now open for the annual event, which is co-presented by the Education Collaborative of WNY and WNY STEM Hub.
Award-winning Buffalo Public Schools teacher Andrew Franz will deliver the keynote address “PEAT” (Passionate, Engaging, Authentic Teaching) Makes Kids Grow. In 2017, Franz was recognized by the New York State Board of Regents as one of two recipients of the prestigious Milken Educator Awards. He will teach at Buffalo’s International Preparatory School in Buffalo this fall after teaching for several years at the Claude and Quida Clapp Hamlin Park Academy.
The Aug. 6 workshops include sessions on creating STEAM nights in schools using inquiry-based lessons to teach math, music, and engineering, developing 3D art studios, and the evolving role of the library in education. The conference continues on Tuesday, Aug. 7, with a day of Immersive Experiences where attendees will have their choice of informal STEAM learning destinations throughout the community.
Eric Yarwood, executive director of the Education Collaborative of WNY, said, “This annual conference is an ideal way for regional educators to engage with STEAM resource providers and bring new idea into the classroom.”
Cherie Messore, executive director of WNY STEM Hub agrees.
“Integrating the arts with science, technology, engineering, and math inspires creativity, which contributes to innovation,” she said.
Registration is $35 per person or $50 per person to earn four CTLE credits. For more information and to register, visit www.edcowny.org/steam-conference-2018.
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