What's included in the
Elementary STEM CON 2020 Video Vault?
Over 20 hours of training to help you confidently implement rigorous, joyful STEM lessons with your class.
Several sessions come with free downloads from the presenters.
Authors you love and subject matter experts join us for special sessions. Plus, there are four educator panel discussions you won't want to miss.
2020 Presenters & Special Guests
Day 1 Session Descriptions
Top Read-Alouds for STEM (Brooke Brown)
The Engineering Design Process (Meredith Anderson)
Not All STEM Is Equal: The 3 Stages of STEM (Vivify STEM)
Every Classroom Needs a Makerspace (Trina Deboree)
Planning- Intentional Procedures for STEM Projects (Carol Davis)
Travel Through Time with STEM (Get Caught Engineering)
Getting Started With STEM (Tammy DeShaw)
Getting Started with Green Screen (Anita Goodwin)
Curiosity Cues to Kickstart STEM Learning (Dr. Yen Verhoeven)
After School STEM: Time to Start a Club (Renee Heinrich)
7 STEM Challenge Myths, Misconceptions and Missed Opportunities (Kerry Tracy)
Fun and Easy Ways to Add STEM into Your Classroom (Lisa Taylor)
Engaging Students with STEM Careers (Vivify STEM)
Equity and Engagement (Renee Heinrich)
Dr. Christian J. Anderson, Sr.
"Necessity is the Mother of all Invention" - STEM Literacy in the Age of COVID
This session discusses the challenges and opportunities for increasing STEM literacy for students who are economically and culturally diverse. By the end of the session, participants will have examined barriers to access to technology and STEM instruction; and shared successes and work-arounds to this complex problem.
An Interview with Andrea Beaty
Watch the interview with one of our favorite children's book authors, Andrea Beaty!
As you probably already know, Andrea is the author of these classroom classics:
Ada Twist, Scientist
Rosie Revere, Engineer
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez
Iggy Peck, Architect
An Interview with Suzanne Edwards-Acton
Have you ever wondered why teachers are asked to differentiate for students, yet PD is rarely differentiated for teachers?
Suzanne has too! Join us as we learn about her tool for differentiating school-based professional development on equity, diversity, and inclusion.
An Interview with Melanie Flores
Melanie leverages what a mentor calls “an extremely rare combination - an MIT brain and a teacher's heart” to create memorable experiences for others. She was a classroom teacher for eight years, founding a kindergarten engineering design workshop that was the basis for her TEDx talk.
We interviewed Melanie Flores and her 14-year-old son, Sebastian, and how they started OctoGifts, a card and keepsake company that landed him on the 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 25 under 25 list. Learn how a 5th grade friend, a love for LEGO and origami, and the Maker movement inspired Sebastian to launch his business!
Panel with Dr. Mary Payton
Dr. Payton hosts the All About STEM Radio Show, an international award winning internet broadcast and authors STEM children’s books. She joins us for a panel on facilitating STEM activities for higher-order thinking. Learn more about Dr. Payton on our Presenters Page.
Donna has coordinated her school's Destination Imagination team and led them to the state level for four years running! Join us as we learn what running a team is like and what makes it worth the effort!
Presentation and Q&A
with Dr. Jeffrey Bennett
Dr. Bennett is the creator and author of the award-winning series “Science Adventures with Max the Dog,” which includes Max Goes to the Space Station, Max Goes to the Moon, Max Goes to Mars, and Max Goes to Jupiter; and of the Earth science focused book The Wizard Who Saved the World. These five children’s titles were selected by the Story Time From Space program as the first set of books to be launched to the International Space Station.
Dr. Bennett discusses bridging the gap between literacy & science i this special session!
We were thrilled to have Jennifer George, Legacy Director of Rube Goldberg, Inc. and granddaughter of Rube Goldberg, join us for Elementary STEM CON 2020!
She shared details about The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest and how to integrate lessons in elementary classrooms.
An Interview with Jo Gick
We are huge fans of Making It on NBC! If you're like us, you'll recognize Jo Gick as a season 1 finalist. Jo joined us for a special Q&A session about makers.
Interview with Darlene Cavalier
We were excited to sit down for an interview with Darlene Cavalier,co-editor of The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science, author of The Science of Cheerleading, and co-author of The Field Guide to Citizen Science (Timber Press, Jan 2020).
Day 2 Session Descriptions
Troubleshooting STEM Challenges: Student Shutdown, Copying & Epic Fails (Kerry Tracy)
Family STEM Night: The Ultimate Community Outreach (Get Caught Engineering)
Unplugged Coding for Kids (Brooke Brown)
Get Started with Stop Motion Animation (Meredith Anderson))
Podcasting In The STEM Classroom (Trina Deboree)
Creating Inspiration for STEM with Picture Books (Carol Davis)
How to Create STEM Lessons (Tammy DeShaw)
Anything Can Be A Green Screen And A Little Bit More (Anita Goodwin)
Teaching the 4 C’s with Robots in the Elementary Classroom (Brittany Washburn)
Aligning STEM to the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core, & 21st Century Skills (Dr. Yen Verhoeven)
Outdoor STEM (Renee Heinrich)
STEM Challenge Assessments (Kerry Tracy)
STEM Challenges Using Sphero Robotics (Vivify STEM)
Teaching STEM Through A Story (Vivify STEM)
Plus four must-see panel discussions!
Plus a Bonus!
Dr. Yen Verhoeven's Intro to Distance Learning Series
As an online instructional designer, Dr. Yen Verhoeven knows the biggest issue you will face with distance learning is overwhelm.
Throwing resources at people without the proper scaffolds is the fastest way to overwhelm your families, your students, and yourselves.
Intro to Distance Learning:
Part 1: Tips for a Successful First Week of Elementary Distance Learning
Part 2: Lesson Planning for Distance Learning
Part 3: Avoid Distance Learning Overwhelm by Busting This Myth