Far too often, the problem is pervasive in under-represented school communities, where many of the glaring disparities begin. Low rates of access to S.T.E.A.M. internships, fellowships, mentorship, entrepreneurial endeavors, resources, and employment lead to limitations on innovation, global incompetence, apathy, indifference, timidity, and subordination. As you are well aware, the Sankofa Global Project has created programs, curricula, and initiatives specifically designed to assist under-served students in gaining access to an education that provides a thorough S.T.E.A.M. curricula. In addition, the Sankofa Global Project assists students in exploring career and global opportunities in the S.T.E.A.M. fields.
The Sankofa Global Project'sTech Education Conference will give participants “hands on” science exhibits and demonstrations from Sankofa Global Project and participating S.T.E.A.M. vendors. The conference will encourage educators, parents, families, and the community at large, to address the current status of S.T.E.A.M. education. Conference participants will have the opportunity to work in collaborative groups to discuss programs and resources that families and communities need to yield positive results in S.T.E.A.M.
THE CONFERENCE DAY SCHEDULE
9:30am Registration and Mural Project
10:00am Welcome and Opening Remarks
First panel - What is S.T.E.A.M. Education? How to Make S.T.E.A.M. Education More Engaging
10:15am - Michael Zigman, NYC First, moderator
Panelists: Renee K. Smith, Errol King, Meg Ray, Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, Desiree Watson, Adina Levin
10:40am - Breakout session
12:30pm - Moderator: Renee K. Smith, Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy
Second Panel: What are creative ways to overcome barriers to access to S.T.E.A.M. education?
Panelists: Jeff Lowell, Frances Vicioso, Dheepa Chari, Cyrus Garrett, John Ellrodt, Duane Kinnon, Gordon Smith, Caroline Latham
1:00pm Breakout session
Third Panel: How do we conceptualize S.T.E.A.M. education beyond the classroom?
2:15pm Moderator: Desiree Watson, Wellness Interactive
Panelists: Dr. Cristine Chisholm, Tracy Gray, Esther Phambu, Amira Dhanoa, Adhish Patel, Mohamed Mustafa, DB Lampman
2:45pm Call to Action
THE SANKOFA GLOBAL PROJECT GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE
TECH EDUCATION CONFERENCE PARTNERS
Conference Schedule Below
The Sankofa Global Project, in partnership with Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, Wellness Interactive, and NYC First, will bring together educators, entrepreneurs, elected officials, parents, and experts in the STEM fields to discuss strategies for effective measures to increase STEM education in schools. The aim of the conference is to engage participants in meaningful discourse regarding the trajectory required for access to education, career, and global opportunities in STEM. Panel discussions will be co-moderated by Tracy Gray, Sankofa Global’s founder, student representatives, educators, and industry professionals.
The Sankofa Global Project is hosting its first annual Tech Education Conference on Tuesday, April 25 at Brooklyn Borough Hall. The themes of the conference are:
- What is S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education?
- How do we conceptualize S.T.E.A.M. education beyond school?
- What are creative ways to overcome barriers to access to S.T.E.A.M. education?
Brooklyn’s Superintendents, Principals, Parent Coordinators, and Community Education Councils are invited to attend! We'll work together to address an enduring problem – the lack of women and people of color in the S.T.E.A.M. fields. This is the express goal of the Sankofa Global Project.
Deputy Brooklyn Borough President
TECH EDUCATION CONFERENCE MODERATORS
"The Sankofa Global Project is pleased to announce its first Tech Education Conference! Join me and this distinguished team of S.T.E.A.M. professionals, educators, students, and policy makers at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Tuesday, April 25. We are excited to work together on day filled with inspiration and collaboration.
I look forward to seeing you there! "
- Tracy L Gray
Brooklyn Borough President
Eric L. Adams
Bridging the Gap!
INSPIRE. MENTOR. LEAD.
THE TECH EDUCATION CONFERENCE
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
BROOKLYN BOROUGH HALL
NYU TANDON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING