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Are you creating summer programming that is both fun and empowering for the future?

Today, 80% of the fastest-growing occupations require Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills. According to the Indiana Department of Education, STEM is an essential component of a well-rounded education, yet not all young people have access to a strong STEM education.

Incorporating STEM into summer programming is a great way to provide youth an opportunity to practice STEM skills, to discover and create, to develop STEM identity, and to have fun! STEM experiences can help foster career exposure and interest and prepare future generations to thrive in STEM-related business and industries.

Join us for this informative webinar to learn more about STEM practices, the engineering design process, and simple ways to enhance your summer programming using the engineering design process, literature, and hands-on activities.

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Speakers

  • Vera Vander Kooy

    Founder and Executive Director – The STEM Connection

    Vera Vander Kooy is the founder and executive director of The STEM Connection. She is an educator and naturalist who has facilitated hands-on standards-based STEM learning experiences in school settings for over 15 years. In 2017, she received the Joe Wright Recognition of Excellence Award by EEAI, and the Hoosier Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society’s Education and Communications Award. Currently, Vera works to empower others to provide positive STEM learning experiences for youth.

  • Angela Fitzgerald

    Program Director – The STEM Connection

    Angela Fitzgerald is a program director for The STEM Connection. She has been involved in STEM education in the Indianapolis area since 2003. She taught middle school math and science for twelve years before joining The STEM Connection team. Currently, Angela works on curriculum and program development, facilitates youth, family, and community STEM programming, and trains and empowers adults to provide positive STEM learning experiences for youth.