2020 ETSU STEM Education Conference
Specifics will be announced at a later date.
2019 ETSU STEM Education Conference and Action Workshop -- Galvanizing Interdisciplinary STEM in Tennessee (GIST)
Conference and Workshop Theme: Interdisciplinary STEM Courses in Higher Education
STEM Conference: Wednesday, June 5 & Thursday, June 6;
GIST Action Workshop: Thursday June 6 & Friday, June 7 (Orientation on June 4 from 6--8pm in 315 Warf Pickel).
GIST Action Workshop attendees must attend the STEM Conference
The June 4 orientation will be in 315 Warf Pickel Hall. We will meet on each of the other three days in the Auditorium and break-out rooms in Rogers Stout Hall (ETSU Main Campus in Johnson City). There will be signs and you will be provided with a parking pass and campus map
Whether you are interested in attending just the conference or both events, please fill in this Survey of Interest (SURVEY NOW CLOSED). Our conference coordinator will contact you within 48 hours.
There is a Registration fee of $75.00 for non-supported guests. We will collect your check at the conference.
Workshop attendees should apply here (APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED). We have 50 spots available. Workshop participants' registration is waived, and they should plan on arriving on the evening of June 4. Workshop participants MUST attend the conference. We will pay for three nights' hotel (double occupancy), most meals, and an allowance for a shared car.
The STEM Education conference will begin at lunchtime on June 5 and end at 2 pm on June 6. Meals during the conference will be paid from your registration dollars
The GIST Action Workshop will run from 3pm to 8pm on June 6 (dinner included), and continue on June 7, concluding with a working lunch on June 7. GIST Flyer
The Carnegie Hotel www.carnegiehotel.com will be the conference hotel. Rooms are listed at the state rate of $95.00 per night plus all applicable taxes. If you are attending the conference only, please make your own reservations. Please inform the front office you will be attending the conference when you make your room reservations. . We will make room reservations for workshop participants directly.
OUR SPONSORS: The conference and workshop are sponsored by the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network and Nuclear Fuel Services
GIST WORKSHOP RATIONALE: High-quality STEM education involves an integrated approach. Weaving together science, technology, engineering, and mathematics improves student achievement, reflects the integrated nature of STEM professions, enables deeper understanding of science, and has been observed in successful STEM schools. This agenda has been successfully implemented in K-12 in our state and evidenced by STEM school designation, and implementation of a Tennessee STEM Strategic Plan. By contrast, across 2-year and 4-year institutions in TN, students currently experience STEM disciplines separately. Their STEM experience is in silos of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
Organized by East Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University, and University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK), GIST is intended to galvanize interdisciplinary STEM course development in higher education by injecting such content into disciplinary courses that might often be in our institutions’ general education core. We will actually bring faculty together to discuss and plan creation of specific interdisciplinary STEM content that could be embedded into existing courses. We will begin the task of building STEM-intensive versions of courses in the fields of Statistics, Calculus, Math Reasoning, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Engineering, Geology, and STEM Education.