ITEEA’s 80th anniversary annual Conference in Atlanta BUILDING on the success of the Dallas conference, ITEEA continues planning for their 80th Anniversary Conference in Atlanta, GA, April 12-14, 2018. The theme is “Building Bridges within the STEM Community and Beyond.” Making connections is a critical component of success for educators, and the 2018 ITEEA Conference will bring you up to speed on connecting with your colleagues, the broader STEM community, and with STEM decision makers. With over 100 learning sessions, preconference workshops, the STEM Showcase, the latest products and services, dedicated Integrative Administrator and STEAM strands, competitions, and more, the 2018 Atlanta conference offers an unparalleled integrative STEM professional development opportunity. New This Year— The ITEEA Action Annex! Competitions! STEM Showcase! Ride-on car builds! Mini-Theater Presentations! It’s all here for ITEEA conference registrants! Here’s some of what you’ll find in ITEEA’s Action Annex: The ITEEA STEM showcase— Highlighting Best Practices Through Integrative STEM Education! ITEEA’s STEM Showcase is a unique and exciting event that features ideas, techniques, and best practices related to learning activities, marketing materials, career guidance, facility design, program design, assessment methods, equity, and classroom and laboratory management techniques. Showcasers illustrate a single element of technology or engineering teaching and learning that they feel they have exemplified. Attendees are invited to join ITEEA for our Celebration Reception immediately following the STEM Showcase. Go Baby Go! ride-on Car Build Go Baby Go provides mobility (and play!) to very young children with special needs in the form of adapted toy ride-on cars. During the conference, faculty and students from Central Connecticut State University will be adapting several motorized ride-on cars near the exhibit floor. Detailed information about the Go Baby Go! program and ways to get involved will be available, and all conference attendees are encouraged to stop by to see the program in action. On April 13th, the cars will be donated to children with special needs from the Atlanta area, who’ll “test drive” their new rides before taking them home. TEECA student Competitions ITEEA’s Collegiate Association is well represented, with over 20 universities participating annually in a series of exciting competitions that require fast-paced ingenuity to solve problems and create solutions pertaining to robotics, manufacturing, and more. This year, teams competing in the Transportation Challenge will work to model, design, and fabricate a new frame for an existing quadcopter that will allow it to pick up packages of varying shapes and sizes and deliver them to predetermined locations. You won’t want to miss the finals! ITEEA Mini Theaters In Atlanta, ITEEA introduces Mini Theaters, providing a forum for action-oriented presentations on topics such as STEM Wars, BattleBots, Student Competitions, and AMPing up Your STEM Instruction! World-Class Keynote presentations Cole Galloway Neuroscientist and physical therapist Cole Galloway is most interested in rapidly prototyping novel technology (often DIY) to assist children and adults in maximizing their real-world exploration—specifically combining low tech and high tech into “Go Tech.” His lab enjoys funding from NIH, NSF, the Department of Education, and the toy and assistive technology industry. He was awarded multiple American Physical Therapy Association Awards. In 2014, he was included in Buzzfeed’s “31 moments that restored our faith in humanity” and was named one of the “twenty people making a difference in healthcare.” He is most proud of his association with the international Go Baby Go movement, whose mission is to help everyone co-create their world through mobility. Watch Cole’s work, which was featured in a TEDMED talk, at www.tedmed.com/talks/show?id=292991. The recipe for growing (and regrowing) a human brain is simple: allow the human to actively interact within socially and physically enriched environments. In his fast-paced keynote address, Dr. Galloway will briefly introduce how the current model of rehabilitation for children and adults with brain injuries is failing. He will then describe how the 70-chapter Go Baby Go (GBG) “movement” is providing a community-based alternative that is more fun, functional, family friendly, and feasible. He will end with a practical roadmap of how ITEEA and GBG together can provide “brains-on/hands-on” education while saving the world! lonnie Johnson Johnson is president and founder of Johnson Research and Development Co., Inc., a technology development company, and its spin off companies, Excellatron Solid State, LLC; Johnson Electro-Mechanical Systems, LLC; and Johnson Real Estate Investments, LLC. Johnson worked as a research engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and then joined the U.S. Air Force, serving as Acting Chief of the Space Nuclear Power Safety Section at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM. In 1979, he left the Air Force to accept a position as Senior Systems Engineer at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where he worked on the Galileo mission to Jupiter. Returning to the Air Force in 1982, he served as an Advanced Space Systems Requirements Officer at Strategic Air Command (SAC) headquarters, and as Chief of the Data Management Branch, SAC Test and Evaluation Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base. He was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal and Commendation Medal on two different occasions. In 1987, he returned to JPL where he worked on the Mars Observer project and was the fault protection engineer during the early stages of the Cassini (Saturn) project. He was responsible for ensuring that single point spacecraft failures would not result in loss of the mission. During his nine-year career with JPL, he received multiple achievement awards from NASA for his work in spacecraft system design. In 1989, Johnson formed his own engineering firm and licensed his most famous invention, the Super Soaker water gun, to Larami Corporation. Two years later, the Super Soaker generated over $200 million in retail sales and became the number one selling toy in America. Currently, Lonnie Johnson holds over 100 patents, with over 20 more pending, and is the author of several publications on spacecraft power systems. Articles on Lonnie Johnson have appeared in numerous publications and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Alliance for Children, an organization that serves as an informed and influential voice to protect the rights and interests of Georgia’s less fortunate children. Celebrate ITEEA’S 80th anniversary Conference in Beautiful Atlanta, GA While Atlanta is sprawling with towering buildings made of glass and steel, it is truly a city in the forest, dotted with expansive green spaces. Recently named to Lonely Planet’s 2017 “Best in the U.S.” list, this urban oasis is a multicultural haven for residents and visitors alike, yet exudes Southern hospitality. Individuals from all walks of life add to the city’s charm and personality. For full conference details, visit www.iteea.org/ITEEA_Conference_2018.aspx.
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