2020 STEM Educators Summit

The 2020 STEM Educators' Summit will be held on March 28th, 2020 at UNH-Manchester. Come join us for a day of networking, workshops, resource tables, and more! Educators of all grades, preK - 12th grades, are welcome. The STEM Educators' Summit is hosted by UNH-Manchester, the UNH STEM Teachers' Collaborative, the STEM Discovery Lab, the Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education, Cooperative Extension, the NH Early Elementary Mathematics Collaborative, the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Code.org, and the UNH Department of Education. 

Christian Jernstedt from DartmouthStart the Day Off with Learning and the Brain

Our keynote speaker is G. Christian JernstedtPhD, Professor Emeritus and Research Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences; Director Emeritus, Center for Educational Outcomes, Dartmouth College; Adjunct Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; Co-Author, “Developing resources to teach and assess the core competencies: A collaborative approach” (2004, Academic Medicine). He specializes in human learning and speaks around the world, translating the complex findings from the cognitive, social, behavioral, and educational neurosciences for use in all areas of endeavor.

Dr. Jernstedt's research is in the area of learning as it occurs both in formal classroom settings and in natural environments. This research is directed towards understanding the breadth of learning, including its cognitive, behavioral, and affective aspects. He examines what leads to learning, what happens during learning, and what outcomes emerge from learning experiences. He has examined intentional learning, technologically enhanced learning, service learning, and experiential learning programs. (excerpt - Full Bio here)

Description of his talk

Workshop Topics

Our workshops have been finalized!

  • Engaging Pre-Readers in Phenomena Based Investigative Questioning
  • Investigating the Schoolyard with Locally-Relevant Citizen Science
  • How to Integrate MakeyMakeys Into the Elementary Classroom
  • Have You Done an Hour of Code?
  • STEM Access Through Meaningful Connections: Leveraging Community and Literature
  • Play-based Learning: A Natural and Authentic approach to STEM Education for Young Learners
  • Gerrymandering: An Accessible and Cross-Curricular Approach 
  • Adventures in Coding and STEM in the Mathematics Classroom
  • Teaching Computer Science to Diverse Learners
  • Personal Genomics in the Classroom
  • Data Science 101
  • Molecular Visualization Workshop: Simplifying Molecular Complexity via Visuospatial Thinking
  • Using Information Technology to Support Climate Change Education
  • Ready? Let's Do Project-Based Learning in Your Classroom
  • NGSS StoryLine Development & Cutting-Edge Life Science Resources
  • Effective Guidelines for Unpacking NGSS Standards
  • Bringing the Engineering Design Process to Your Classroom with Project Based Learning
  • Paper Circuits & E-Textiles

We need you!

Do you have an interesting new lab, project idea, demonstration, or anything to share with other teachers? Contribute to our Share-a-Thon in the afternoon. Have you or your students made a neat poster? Bring it and we'll display it throughout the day!


Teachers using batteries and bulbs to learn about circuits at the 2017 Summit


Teachers at a technology workshop during the 2017 STEM Summit

Tentative Schedule for the Day

8:30 Doors open

8:30 - 9:00 Registration, vendor tables

9:00 Opening remarks

Keynote speaker: J. Christian Jernstedt

10:30 - 10:45 Break, Vendor Tables

10:45 – 12:15 Workshop 1

12:15 – 1:00 Lunch, Vendor Tables

1:00 – 2:30 Workshop 2

2:30 – 2:45 Afternoon break

2:45 – 3:15 Panel Discussion 

3:15 - 3:45 Share-a-thon

3:45 - 4:00 Raffle and Evaluation


UNH Manchester

Free parking can be around the building in the "Student only" spaces.