Mark Lucas the Department of Physics and Astronomy, presents a Maker Space session on robotics

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A Co-teaching panel, moderated by The Patton College’s Greg Foley, included math and science teachers from Ohio schools

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Elisabeth Kager, doctoral student in The Patton College of Education, discusses reinforcing girls’ interest in STEM fields

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Appalachian Ohio Mathematics and Science Teaching Research Symposium registration is underway

Registration for the sixth annual Appalachian Ohio Mathematics and Science Teaching Research Symposium, also known as AppO MaSTRS 6, is underway.

The research symposium is a learning opportunity for mathematics and science pre-service and in-service teachers, school administrators, university and college faculty, and all others interested in STEM education.

This year's theme is All Things STEM from Education. The highly-anticipated event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26, in Morton Hall.

“In 2010, we met in one large classroom,” said Morton Professor of Mathematics education Greg Foley. “Participation has grown each year, and now we have a thriving conference with a wide variety of sessions. Since the beginning, the goal has been to bring people together to support STEM education in the region.”

“Not only is this a great professional development opportunity for teachers in our region, it also serves as a reunion for Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows, Noyce Scholars, Choose Appalachian Teaching (CAT) Scholars, and other groups of teachers,” said SEOCEMS Director Courtney Koestler.

“This year we are excited to welcome the Alexander High School Science Olympiad team,” said Danielle Dani, associate professor of science education. “Alexander students and teachers will deliver the keynote address by sharing their accomplishments and what they’ve learned about STEM through Science Olympiad.”

The day will include concurrent sessions on a variety of STEM topics and time for networking and conversations. Attendees are encouraged to make 20-, 30-, or 50-minute presentations on a STEM or STEM education topic of their choice.

“We expect more than 100 STEM educators to attend and anticipate over 20 presentations on STEM education topics,” said Mary Harmison, project manager for the event.

Registration and parking are free. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Continental breakfast and lunch are provided for participants.

For questions about the symposium, contact Mary Harmison at 740-597-9006 or Courtney Koestler at 740-593-0118. Participants and presenters are asked to register online by visiting