The 2015 UTeach Conference was fantastic!
The 9th annual UTeach Conference was held May 19–21, 2015 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. Here are some of the high points.
78 conference sessions covering the UTeach model, course overviews and innovative lessons, research on UTeach and STEM education, and student recruitment, retention, and support.
Several sessions just for the 80 UTeach students in attendance, as well a student orientation and tour and a special student-only bowling party.
A screening of Particle Fever, with an informative and funny introduction by experimental physicist Melissa Franklin.
Special emphasis on improving access to STEM, including several Maker-focused sessions.
A great opening plenary panel on Women and Girls in STEM, with Tricia Berry (Director of the Women in Engineering Program at UT Austin), Jeanne Goka-Dubose (principal of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin), Tamara Hudgins (Director of Girlstart), and Sabari Raja (co-founder of Nepris, Inc.).
A competitive poster session with some amazing student entries.
Keynote speaker Robert Krulwich, veteran broadcaster and co-host of NPR’s popular program Radiolab, who presented “Talking Science to Non-Scientists: Saddam Hussein’s Secret Octopus and Other Stories."
Leah Buechley, inventor of the LilyPad Arduino toolkit, who delivered the closing plenary on diversity in the Maker movement.
So much food! And good company!