Midwest Regional 2015
Integrating STEM Learning 2015 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Integrating STEM: Grounding STEM Learning for All

The Midwest Regional Robert Noyce Connections 2015 Integrating STEM: Grounding STEM Learning for All conference was held in Omaha, Nebraska, on October 29-30, 2015, at the Hilton Omaha Hotel and Conference Center. The 2015 plenary speakers were (in order of appearance): Dr. William Hunter, Director, Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Illinois State University and Dr. Brad Christensen, STEM Coordinator, Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Illinois State University; Dr. Yvonne Spicer, Vice President, Advocacy and Educational Partnerships, National Center for Technological Literacy, Museum of Science, Boston; Dr. Julia McQuillan, Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education and Coordinator of the Graduate Programs in Mathematics Education, Morgan State University and founder of the Transforming STEM Network.

Each Principal Investigator of an active Noyce project was invited to send a project delegation of up to six project personnel to the conference, with at least one co-PI and at least one Noyce Scholar included among the six attendees. Other potential delegation members included evaluators, project managers, Master Teaching Fellows, or Teaching Fellows or Scholars (in-service or pre-service). This conference is for Robert Noyce project personnel and participants in the Midwestern region, which consists of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Conference Schedule

The conference began Thursday, Oct. 29, at 8 a.m. and ended on Friday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. To see this year's schedule, download this PDF. Sessions include plenary speakers; breakout sessions with presentations from the Noyce community; panel discussions targeting various conference audiences; and structured networking opportunities, including a poster session. Conference participants are encouraged to connect with one another via a closed, LinkedIn™ group. Please join LinkedIn now and request membership in the Midwest Regional Noyce Community group.

Conference objectives were to:

  • increase the personal connections among Midwest Noyce project members;
  • utilize these new and/or strengthened connections to share expertise and knowledge across Midwest Noyce projects;
  • support the professional development of Noyce Scholars; and
  • build a community of practice among Noyce Scholars.
Schedule for Thursday, October 29, 2015
Time Location Title Presenters Titles and Slides
7:30-8:30 Blackstone Ballroom Breakfast & Registration
8:30-10:00 Blackstone Ballroom Opening Remarks and Plenary Talk Dr. William Hunter and Dr. Brad Christensen, Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Illinois State University "Integrated STEM K-12 Curriculum Development for Mainstream Adoption"
10:15-11:00 Blackstone Ballroom Panel Discussion Voices from the Field
11:15-11:45 Breakout rooms Networking 1 Breakout Sessions See Schedule
noon-1:30 Blackstone Ballroom Lunch and Plenary Talk Dr. Yvonne Spicer, National Center for Technological Literacy, Museum of Science, Boston "Building Capacity for STEM Education for All"
1:30-2:00 Blackstone Ballroom Presentation by National Science Foundation Dr. TJ Murphy, Program Officer "Noyce by the Numbers"
2:15-3:00 Breakout Rooms Networking 2 Breakout Sessions
  1. "Catchy vs. Comprehension"
  2. "The Price is Right!"
  3. "Listening to the Masters"
  4. "Engaging Interns with Youth, Engaging Youth with STEM"
  5. "Encouraging STEM Students to Become Teachers"
  6. "Southern Illinois Community of Problem Solvers"
  7. "Recruitment and Retention of Secondary-Level, Noyce Scholar, Mathematics Teachers"
  8. "Value-Added Experiences for a Rural Noyce Program"
3:15-4:00 Breakout Rooms Networking 3 Breakout Sessions
  1. How to Improve Inquiry and Discourse in Science Lessons
  2. "Using Field Experiences to Uncover Interests in Teaching"
  3. "Organizing a Middle School Math Camp Led by Noyce Scholars and Interns"
  4. "Incorporating Nanotechnology into the Science Classroom and Exploring Nanotechnology College and Career Readiness Pathways"
  5. "Strategies for Success"
  6. "Retaining Rural STEM Teachers by Building a Community"
4:00-4:30 Blackstone Ballroom Afternoon Break & Poster Setup
4:30-6:00 Blackstone Ballroom Poster Session See full program for list of posters and authors
6:00- Old Market Area, Downtown Omaha Dinner on your own
Schedule for Friday, October 30, 2015
7:30-9:00 Blackstone Ballroom Breakfast & Poster Takedown
9:00-10:15 Blackstone Ballroom Plenary Talk Dr. Julia McQuillan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln "From Discovery to Identity: Exploring Ways to Engage All Youth in Science"
10:30-11:15 Breakout Rooms Networking 4 Breakout Sessions
  1. "A Fresh Look at Functions"
  2. "Engaging Middle/High School Students in Learning Science"
  3. "Self-Efficacy and Its Essential Roles in a STEM Classroom"
  4. "'On Fire' or 'Lacking the Spark'"
  5. "What do you know?: Not much you?"
11:30-1:00 Blackstone Ballroom Lunch & Plenary Talk Dr. Roni Ellington, Morgan State University "Regaining ST(E)AM in STEM Education through Transcending Boundaries: A Transformative Framework for Educating ALL Students"
1:00-1:30 Blackstone Ballroom Closing Remarks Dr. Wendy Smith
Hilton Omaha Hotel and Conference Center, 1001 Cass Street, Omaha, NE

Hotel Information

The Hilton Omaha is located in the heart of downtown Omaha near the Old Market Entertainment District and seven minutes from Eppley Airfield Airport. One block from TD Ameritrade Ballpark and joined to the CenturyLink Center Omaha Convention Center via enclosed sky bridge, this modern downtown Omaha hotel is a world-class convention and leisure destination offering easy access to concerts, theaters, shops, restaurants and cultural attractions. The hotel’s complimentary shuttle serves the airport and a three-mile radius to shopping and restaurants. The meeting and banquet space is all on one level for easy accessibility during the conference.

If you are flying into Omaha (airport code OMA), then you will take the Hilton Omaha shuttle from the airport to the hotel.

If you're driving into Omaha, you will most likely be coming in from I-80 or I-29. As follows are driving directions.

  • From the East: I-80 West to I-29 North to I-480 West into Omaha. Take Dodge St. exit, right onto 10th. Go four blocks to Cass Street and turn left. Hotel is on the left.
  • From West: I-80 east to I-480 east to 14th St. exit. Left at Capitol Street. Go four blocks to 10th St., turn left. Go two blocks north to Cass St., turn left. Hotel is on left.
  • From North: I-29 South to I-480 West to Dodge St. exit, turn right on 10th St. Go four blocks north to Cass St., turn left. Hotel is on the left.
  • From South: I-29 North to I-480 west, take Dodge St. exit, turn right on 10th St. Go four blocks to Cass St., turn left. Hotel is on the left.

Organizing Committee

Conference organizers form a partnership across five Noyce projects at four institutions. The collaborating team comes from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Illinois State University (ISU), Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), and Wittenberg University.

  • Wendy Smith (chair), University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Willy Hunter, Illinois State University
  • Kim Nguyen, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
  • Gina Post, Wittenberg University

UNL Planning Committee:

  • Lindsay Augustyn
  • Beth Lewis
  • Jon Pedersen
  • Steve Swidler