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solving strategies to address STEM topics with elementary students, the Children’s Council Elementary STEM Workshop will enhance the teacher’s ability to ensure that el-ementary school children in grades K-5 develop a practical understand-ing of how to use, create, control, and assess technology through the engineering design process. Professional Development Sessions Over 100 Professional Develop-ment Learning Sessions will be conducted at this year’s conference. Most sessions are 50 minutes in length and occur on Thursday, Fri-day, and Saturday. The complete list of session titles will appear in the full conference program. This year’s conference will also feature five panel sessions, providing a variety of perspectives on: O “Who Are We?” O STEM Competitions O Teaching Literature in STEM O Developing Community Support/ Partnerships O Maker Education and Technology and Engineering Education O Diversity in the T&E Classroom Also on Friday is the Frontiers of Flight tour. Experience the stories of aviation and space flight—from the Wright Flyer to the one-of-a-kind Flying Pancake; the Apollo 7 space-craft, 13 historical galleries, and over 35,000 artifacts; the Living History program and our acclaimed STEM education program. This will be a guided tour with the opportunity to see STEM showcased in an Aviation Camp in progress. (Observation of Aviation Camp is an ITEEA confer-ence exclusive experience.) The last tour on Friday is the George W. Bush Library tour. Framed by the themes of freedom, opportuni-ty, compassion, and responsibility, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum serves as a resource for the study of the life and career of George W. Bush, The 14,000-square-foot gallery highlights themes and subjects, such as education reform, the global war on terror, the finan-cial crisis, and efforts to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Exhibit Hall Attendees should be sure to visit the Exhibit Hall, which features an excellent selection of tools, materi-als, and media resources to help educators and students excel. Ex-hibit Hall hours will be available at the show. The Host City Bright lights, big personalities, shiny cars. In many ways, Dallas is the belle of the Texas ball. From JR Ewing and the TV show Dallas, to the Dallas Cowboys and their cheer-leaders, this city has made a deep imprint on American popular culture. The museums are not only excellent, but unique—history buffs should not miss the memorials to former presi-dent John F. Kennedy! For more information on things to see and do in Dallas, go to www. visitdallas.com. For more information on the 2017 ITEEA Conference, visit www.iteea.org/89867.aspx Tours On Thursday, attendees will be able to tour AT&T Stadium, which serves as the home for the Dallas Cowboys. This guided tour includes the AT&T Stadium luxury suites, ra-dio & media press box, party plazas, Cotton Bowl offices, Dallas Cowboys locker room, Cowboy Cheerleaders locker room, post-game interview room, and a commemorative photo. Friday offers a Fire Training Re-search Center (FTRC) tour. Since 1995, the Dallas/Fort Worth Inter-national Airport’s FTRC has provid-ed groundbreaking Aircraft Rescue Firefighting and structural training services in an innovative learning environment. This will be a guided tour that illustrates the use of multi-lingual curriculum, digital activities, and practical applications in a state-of-the-art training facility. The facility truly embraces the global concept and demonstrates the possibilities of teaching across cultures. Above, Dallas night skyline Left, the capsule of Apollo 7 as exhibited in the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Georgi Petrov www.techdirections.com CONFERENCE PREVIEW 27 Matt Pasant

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