Cancelled – NWPA STEM ADULT Conference 2013 – Cancelled

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Text of E-mail Message from NWPA STEM Executive Director

 Good afternoon,

It is with deep regret that NWPA STEM must cancel its 2013 STEM Adult Conference. The economic landscape for both educators and businesses has created significant challenges in funding participation in conferences, even with the high quality sessions and speakers that we were able to offer.

The Student Conference is still being offered as scheduled.   We  are able to move forward with our student conference and offer engaging, hands-on STEM activities that will move us toward our goal of increasing the knowledge of STEM careers for students in NW Pennsylvania.  We are hopeful that this experience will increase the number of students entering STEM careers, especially in our region.

While the student conference does not replace the adult conference, we would like to offer you the opportunity to attend the student conference and observe the student activities at the discounted rate of $55.  It will begin with the keynote Brand:You by Yvonne English, Executive Director of the eCenter@ LindenPointe.  Yvonne will share the importance of knowing how online personal information is being used by potential employers, networking partners or even future dates!

One of the highlights of the student activities is Festo’s Mechatronics Mobile Lab, staffed with experts in the field of automation. The Festo Mobile Mechatronics Lab (MML) is touring the United States as part of a mission to educate companies, schools and students about energy efficient automation technology and services and the latest advancements.

Other highlights include: 3D printer demonstrations, a laser engraver and spray paint simulator from Allegheny Educational Systems, as well as robotics, entrepreneurship, and more! STUDENTs in STEM 4 LIFE will also provide students a chance to explore training options focused on technology, entrepreneurship, manufacturing and medical careers by connecting with representatives from post-secondary education organizations. Creating a vision of STEM careers for students in NWPA creates an investment in our region.

In conclusion, if you are interested in attending the Students in STEM 4 LIFE conference, you are welcome to do so and can register through the same website by choosing the student conference.  Your initial registration and payments will be returned or credited dependent upon your payment method.  We look forward to networking with you in the future!

Kim Zippie

Kimberly Zippie
Midwestern Intermediate Unit/Interim Executive Director of NWPA STEM
PIL Region 8 Site Coordinator
453 Maple Street
Grove City, PA  16127
Phone:  724-458-6700 Ext. 1277
Fax:  724-458-5083

Please note that I have a new email address:

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The NW PA STEM Initiative proudly presents its 5th annual conference entitled: STEM 4 Life.  This conference includes current research based information designed to address various interests in STEM. The following information highlights key aspects of the conference agenda.  The fifth annual Northwest Pennsylvania STEM Conference will be held on May 21, 2013 at Grove City College.

Date Held: May 21, 2013
Location:  Grove City College, Grove City, PA
Registration:  Click here to access the Registration site.

    • Click on the purple “Click here to register” banner
    • Click on “View Conference and Multi-Session Events”
    • Scroll to the bottom and choose either the “Adult session” OR the “Student/Advisor” session
      • The Adult conference will require choosing sessions; Student/Advisor conference will require only selection of “Student” or “Adult” but not specific sessions.

Designed to address the urgent need to strengthen our region’s students and employees in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, this conference will also highlight successful practices and positive collaborations among area businesses and educational institutions.  Additionally, educators, employers, government and military leaders will actively engage with one another as they commit to taking the next step to assuring that America’s workforce will be competitive in the Global Economy.

The event will emphasize emerging technologies, manufacturing, bio-medical/health services and entrepreneurship, as well as, best practice sessions in STEM.  Participants at this conference will represent the region’s most impactful and influential leaders.

In addition to adult leaders, there will also be a separate venue for students. The conference goals for the students include:

  1. Introduce students to a variety of STEM technology, entrepreneurship, manufacturing and medical careers through engaging and hands-on STEM  experiences
  2. Provide students opportunities to explore post-secondary training options focused on technology, entrepreneurship, manufacturing and medical careers

STEM Professional Sessions information is located here.



KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Lawrence Husick
Continuous Innovation – From student, to worker, to lifelong learner – how creative destruction leads to success.

Lawrence is an internationally-known expert on innovation and education. He founded and co-directed the Wachman Center Program on Innovation, which was supported by the Kauffman and Annenberg Foundations. Through this program hundreds of teachers from over 40 states and several countries have been taught how to use innovation as a central theme, not simply in STEM subjects, but more unexpectedly, in Social Sciences subjects including history, economics, and sociology. His presentation style is similar to a TED Talk, as he uses video, slides, and storytelling in his work.

Biography Information: Lawrence A. Husick’s thirty-four years’ experience as a technology consultant, computer system designer, and software author, as well as his thirty-one years of experience as an intellectual property lawyer give him a unique perspective on the need to focus on innovation as a central pedagogical theme. As a co-director of the FPRI Wachman Center Program on Teaching Innovation, he applies his background in both law and technology to the study of innovation as an organizing principle of history, science and technology, economics, and sociology.
Mr. Husick holds a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Environmental Chemistry from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., where he also did graduate work in microprocessor systems design.

He is a partner in Lipton, Weinberger & Husick, an intellectual property law firm in Malvern, Pennsylvania, is an adjunct faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University in the Whiting Graduate School of Engineering, and in the Zanvyl-Krieger Graduate Program in Biotechnology. He also serves as Co-Director and Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Center on the Study of Terrorism. He is a founder of several entrepreneurial ventures, including Infonautics Inc. (now HighBeam), and TeraDiscoveries Inc. He is a past president and chairman of the Helen Beebe Speech and Hearing Center, a pioneering facility for auditory-verbal education of the hearing impaired. He serves on the Boards of the Clear Vision Foundation, the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, and Quantum Cures Foundation, chairs the Board of Visitors of the Samson College of Health Sciences at University of the Sciences, and serves as an advisor to the Muhlenberg College RJ Fellows Honors Program.