November 20, 2021

Virtual Summit

This year's summit features six different workshops spanning topics across STEM education at all grade bands. It will be a chance for our community to reconnect, refresh, and share ideas to take back to your classrooms.

Lunch networking sessions will allow participants to enjoy a meal together and convene around topics suggested during registration. There will also be an opportunity to network and socialize at 8:30. These informal and interactive sessions will take place in Topia, an exciting social engagement platform. No account is needed. See below for more information about Topia.

All K–12 teachers attending the full day will receive:
four contact hours and a $100 stipend.

Suggested registration fee is $50.
We will be using a pay-what-you-can model (even $0!) in hopes that the registration fee does not prevent anyone from attending, if they are interested.


8:309:00 Networking - Explore and Socialize in Topia!
9:009:30 Opening and Welcoming Remarks (Zoom)
9:4511:00 Concurrent Workshops (Zoom)
11:1011:30 Community Awards (Zoom)
11:3012:30 Lunch with facilitated networking sessions in Topia
     - Helping students be students: communication, expectations, and norms
     - STEAM+C: Opportunities and strategies for integration
     - Barriers and strategies for equitable STEM education
12:301:30 Concurrent Workshops (Zoom)
1:402:00 Closing, Evaluation, Door Prizes (Zoom)

Fostering Strong Relationships with Young People
Gabe O’Brien, Northern Districts Coordinator, Maine Youth Action Network

Rich Mathematical Tasks that Promote Reasoning and Problem Solving
Dr. Franziska Peterson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, University of Maine

Engaging Rural Youth in Data Science with Investigations of Extreme Weather in Local Communities and at Mount Washington
Dr. Pamela J. Buffington, Director of Rural Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Initiatives at Education Development Center
Brian Fitzgerald,  Director of Science & Education, Mount Washington Observatory
Dr. Josephine Louie, Senior Research Scientist, Education Development Center
Dr. Asli Sezen-Barrie, Associate Professor of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction, University of Maine

Non-Violent Communication
Kendra Hanna
, Science Teacher, Mount Desert Island High School

Digital Spatial Diagrams: Dynamic Representations & Learners' Embodied Interactions
Camden Bock, PhD Candidate in STEM Education, University of Maine

Research-Practice Partnerships: Fostering Productive Collaborations Between Faculty and Teachers
Dr. Sara Lindsay (moderator)
, Assistant Director of the RiSE Center, Associate Professor of Marine Science, University of Maine
Dr. Alexandra Contosta, Research Assistant Professor, Earth Systems Research Center, University of New Hampshire
Jim Fratini, Science Teacher, Hermon Middle School
Dr. Sarah Nelson, Director of Research, Appalachian Mountain Club
Jenn Fronczak, Mathematics and Science Teacher, East Grand School

Annual Awards

This year we will be giving out two awards to members of the Maine STEM Partnership community! Thank you to those who nominated someone!

This years awards have been selected and will be presented at the summit.

Please consider nominating a community member for next year!
Nominations Due: May 1

Learn More

About Topia

Topia.io is a social engagement platform where interactions are based on proximity in a virtual world.

You do not need a Topia account to visit the RiSE Center world!  Simply visit the URL (topia.io/rise-center), type in your name and the world password for this event (provided after you register), and enter as a guest. 

Please note, your video and audio will be activated when you enter. To exit the world, just close your browser tab. Browsers currently supported by Topia are: Google Chrome, Edge, and Brave on desktop and laptop computers.


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