Build curiosity and motivate students to pursue STEM careers! Savvas Learning Company invites you and your students to a Virtual STEM Fair on April 19. Show your students how they can “Make a Difference” and impact the world in a STEM profession. Highly acclaimed speakers will share insights and experiences in their STEM careers.
Students and Teachers in Grades 3-8 are invited to listen to an exciting line-up of STEM career speakers and guest teachers.
HOW IT WORKS: Teachers register, then project the presentation or share the link with students. You will have access to all of the sessions for the entire day!
Sign Language Interpreters available.
From Field to Fork-STEM & Sustainability in Corn Production
Everyone Can Make a Difference!
Wonders All Around: Making Dreams a Reality
IT'S EVERYONES' RESPONSIBILITY! It's our HOME!
Offshore Drilling Rigs 101: How YOU Can Work on One!
Join us as we explore the ways corn farmers use STEM on their operations every day! Learn about other careers in the corn industry and how they all connect to provide a safe, healthy, and sustainable food supply.
Hannah Turner is a native Texan and graduate of Texas Tech University's agricultural communications program. As education director for Texas Corn Producers, she coordinates scholarship programs and youth outreach efforts, along with facilitating training for teachers across the state over their Corn in the Classroom elementary science curriculum. She is passionate about giving young students a base knowledge of agriculture that they can build upon as they continue their academic careers and beyond. She lives in Lubbock, Texas with her husband and their dog.
Hear the story about a kid who grew up reading Buck Rogers comic strips and dreaming about walking on the moon. This kid never gave up his dreams. He went to college, studied engineering, learned how to fly, and became an astronaut. He then spent a large part of his adult life designing and testing a real-life jetpack that could fly in outer space! This is the story of Bruce McCandless II and the Manned Maneuvering Unit—proof that there are wonders all around. Some we find, and some we make ourselves.
Bruce McCandless III grew up in the shadow of Houston’s Johnson Space Center during the Apollo and Skylab eras, watching Batman and Buzz Aldrin with equal enthusiasm. He graduated from the Plan II Honors Program of the University of Texas and went on to earn an M.A. from the University of Reading in England and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. After teaching at Saint David’s School in New York City, he returned to Austin to practice law and retired in 2019 as general counsel of Superior HealthPlan. In addition to Wonders All Around: The Incredible True Story of Astronaut Bruce McCandless II and The First Untethered Flight in Space, Bruce is also the author of the science fiction novel Sour Lake (2011), the modern fairy tale Beatrice and the Basilisk (2014), and the Western supernatural thriller In the Land of Dead Horses (2021). He has published poems, stories, and essays in a variety of journals, including the Texas Observer, The Seattle Review, The Asian Wall Street Journal, Pleiades, Cold Mountain Review, and Consequence. His book of poems, All of This is Ours, was published in the summer of 2021 by Kelsay Books. Bruce is an avid runner and mountain biker who spends most of his free time on Central Texas trails. He is also a board member of the Worthy Garden Club—an Oregon-based environmental organization working to plant a million trees in the Pacific Northwest—and the Austin Library Foundation. Bruce and his wife, Pati McCandless, live in Austin.
What can you do to make changes in your community? Highlighting examples from the acclaimed book “Kids Who Are Changing the World”, let’s examine the issues that concerned these children and learn how they did something about it. What did all of these children have in common? Take-away some project ideas that you can explore to participate in your own way to change your community.
Michael Comer, currently the Director of Science Marketing at Savvas Learning, began his teaching career as a middle school science teacher in Dobbs Ferry, NY. His expertise is in providing rich and meaningful classroom experiences linking the facets of inquiry teaching with hands-on learning. He has presented internationally, training science teachers in STEM educational practices from the Middle East to the Far East, including a two-year Professional Development series for Master Science Teachers in Bangkok, Thailand for the Institute for the Promotion of Science and Technology.
Michael has authored four books-Developing Visual Literacy in Science K-8, STEM Lesson Essentials and STEM Lesson Guideposts and STEM Teaching and Learning in the K-2 Classroom.
What does it take to explore for the oil and gas deep beneath the ocean sea floors? Jose Tovar will take you on a virtual tour of the Ocean Star, one of the first offshore drilling rigs whose sole purpose was to explore for oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll learn how an offshore drilling rig works, and how YOU can be part of a dynamic drilling crew onboard an offshore rig in the future!
Jose Tovar was born and raised in Galveston, Texas. He developed his interest for oil drilling rigs when his dad took him onboard the Garden Banks, a famous semi-submersible drilling rig that was featured in the movie "Armageddon". After graduating from the University of Tulsa with his Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering in 2012, Jose started off his oil and gas career by inspecting and overseeing the construction of offshore drilling rigs, and then went on to work as a Production Enhancement Engineer for Halliburton Energy Services in 2015. He now works for the Ocean Star Drilling Museum and Education Center in Galveston as the Visitors Services Supervisor, where he brings his knowledge of the oil and gas industry to curious tourists who are eager to learn about the industry!
Where does my trash go? Why is recycling important? Discover what happens to our trash when it goes to the landfills and why it is SO important to recycle. Learn about the rules of recycling and why they are important. Afterall, we only have one Earth, we all have a responsibility to protect it.
A former teacher of 12 years, including middle school science, 3rd and 4th grades, high ability and title one, Monica Morton works with teachers as a science curriculum specialist for the Savvas Learning Company. Monica’s background in curriculum design and educational technology studies at Ball State University, helps her to use best practice from these two fields to assist teachers in using curricular resources in ways that benefit students in both asynchronous and synchronous learning environments. At conferences and in districts, Monica conducts many different workshops, but due to the current state of the pandemic, is supporting teachers during this unprecedented time in education to create and provide exceptional distance learning experiences.
What is food justice? Why is it so important to care about other community members having access to culturally-appropriate foods? Learn about our food system in the United States & ways you can help folks facing food insecurity. Discover ways to fight food-related injustices & work with others to advocate for communities lacking access to healthy, fresh, culturally-appropriate foods. Together, we can fight the good fight in making sure everyone has access and the right to fresh, healthy foods everywhere!
#foodjustice #foodsovereignty #communitynutrition #makeadifference
Jackie Rybin (pronouns: she/her) is an aspiring Registered Dietitian and nutrition educator who still loves "playing with her food" and getting creative, whether it be in the kitchen or garden! She is currently a graduate student at the University of Arizona studying Agriculture Education, Technology, and Innovation (AETI). She is a systems-thinker with strong interests in sustainable food systems, food justice, food sovereignty, and grassroots advocacy and policy work. As a white, cis-gendered womxn, her goal is to work in solidarity to facilitate culturally-appropriate nutrition education programs in food insecure communities by placing the voices of community members first and foremost in those endeavors.
Dajae Williams is a former NASA Engineer, who is far from your average Rocket Scientist. As an educational hip hop artist, she produces music that makes math and science come alive in the classroom. Learn about Dajae Williams’ creative process that helps combine culture and curriculums. Dajae’s educational hip hop has garnered the attention of NPR, CNN, BET, and many classrooms across the country. Take this opportunity to see how engineering and creativity collide with a screening of Dajae’s newly released music video, "Order of Operations [PEMDAS]"
Meet Dajae Williams, an educational hip hop artist and former NASA Rocket Scientist, who turns your favorite science subjects into your favorite science tunes. Dajae lies at the intersection of hip hop and education, where she focuses on bringing culture to the classroom. Her mission is to create an education system where language isn’t a barrier to learning.
Aisha Lawrey will share her story and journey into becoming an engineer. She invites students to learn about all the different ways that engineers contribute to society. In addition, she will introduce students to the opportunities that become available to those who choose to study engineering and the steps they can begin now to join an engineering career path.
STEM advocate, Aisha Lawrey, has 20 years of experience on this journey. Working in industry, government, nonprofits, and education she knows how to engage many different stakeholders, at all levels. Her focus is on increasing the number of women and minorities in engineering.
Aisha currently works for AWS (Amazon Web Services), as the Training & Certification Global Lead for Education Programs, AMER (North, Central, and South America). Her role represents all the Education Programs spanning K-12, higher education, and professional skilling, reskilling, and upskilling learners. The goal is to show multiple pathways to learners that lead to professionals joining the cloud workforce.
Prior to joining AWS, Aisha worked at the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), Inc. as the Senior Director, Programs and Scholarships. She was responsible for planning, directing and executing all scholarships and program activities. She was also the Director of Engineering Education with the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). She directed and guided the work of ASME in helping to shape the future of mechanical engineering and engineering technology.
She is currently an AAAS IFTHEN STEM Ambassador and even has a 3D scanned statue in her image. Aisha obtained a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. A New Jersey native, Aisha now resides in Maryland with her husband and 14-year-old twins.
Nancy Williams discusses the 14 Grand Challenges for engineering with a focus on the challenge, "Providing Access to Clean Water". There is a global need for clean water, even here in the US. Flint, Michigan is often referenced as the US city without clean water. It isn't the only US city with this dilema. Students will be able to virtually get messy, vote on the ingredients to make the messiest dirtiest water. Then they will use engineering design to create a solution as to how they can clean the dirty water. After testing our solution, we will uncover STEM careers currently working to provide clean water solutions. Participants will leave with a list of materials to try creating their own water filtration tool at home or in their classroom, and helpful links to complete more research about clean water sources and how they can help be a part of the solution.
Do you want to do the activity with Nancy? Download the materials list and gather them ahead of time!
Nancy Williams was born in Cleveland Ohio but currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated with her BS in Elementary Education and MS in Special Education but started her teaching career working with NASA’s Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aeronautics Academy (S.E.M.A.A.) and envisioned being “the Black Mrs. Frizzle” from the Magic School Bus. As a classroom teacher, Nancy loved keeping her elementary students engaged in science and math projects. From creating worm compost bins and water filtration systems, she has always enjoyed the wonder in students eyes as they learned something new.
She left the classroom to join Pearson Education as a math specialist and coached teachers in different states, helping them engage highly effective instructional practices. Today, she works as a Director of Professional Learning for Savvas Learning, engaged in the work of designing the professional development we provide to teachers and administrators nationwide.She enjoys working with teachers, district leadership, and Savvas specialists customizing professional learning experiences that highlight diversity, inclusion and equitable practices, as well as effective teaching practices that engage students in science and math practices. She also enjoys beach vacations and traveling to countries, collecting passport stamps and new cultural experiences.
Having the courage to pursue your dreams even in the face of obstacles can be challenging. In "Dare to Dream", Jarred will talk about the things that enabled him to follow his passion for science and engineering despite facing adversity along the way. He will also give advice to students on how they can achieve their goals and aspirations, and encourage them by mentioning prominent STEM figures throughout history who overcame incredible odds to pave the way for other minorities in their respective fields of study.
Jarred Wilhite is an Aerospace Engineer at the NASA Glenn Research Center. His work involves modeling, designing, and analyzing aerospace systems and vehicles. Prior to joining NASA, he attended the University of Cincinnati where he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. In his free time, he enjoys running, traveling, and following sports.
Dr. Johnson discusses her quest to study the ocean which began as a third grader and continued throughout her K-12, undergraduate and graduate school experience. She shares lessons learned and success strategies for students to excel in STEM academic and professional careers.
Dr. Ashanti Johnson, one of the first African American female chemical oceanographers in the US, is recognized as a STEM expert, international speaker and author. She’s profiled in books, magazines, websites, TV, podcasts and radio. She has been described as one of “STEM’s New Guard”, "1 of 15 Women Paving the Way and Paying it Forward” and “Changing the World via STEM”. Dr. Johnson has 20 years of university, non-profit and K-12 leadership experience, including most recently serving as an Assistant Vice Provost of the University of Texas-Arlington and the founding superintendent of a STEAM charter school system. Among Dr. Johnson’s honors include US Presidential, American Geophysical Union, Sigma Xi and Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation awards.
Did you know that teachers in the United States rate their lives better than all other occupation groups, trailing only physicians? Did you know mid-career science teacher salaries typically range between $60,000 and $100,000? Did you know you can get a job almost anywhere in the U.S. or abroad as a chemistry, physics, or math teacher? Behind every advance in medicine or technology is a science teacher who left a lasting impression. We'll bust some myths about teaching high school science and show you how to have a rewarding science career inspiring young minds!
Christopher Moore, Ph.D. is the Haddix Community Chair of Physical Science and professor of physics at the University of Nebraska Omaha, where he runs programs for aspiring high school science teachers. He is author of the books Creating Scientists: Teaching and Assessing Science Practice for the NGSS and Teaching Science Thinking: Using Scientific Reasoning in the Classroom. He is also co-author of the bestselling high school science curricula Experience Chemistry and Experience Physics published by Savvas Learning Company.
The long-awaited Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was just released this past August. The report integrates the most recent research on climate from over 14,000 studies and makes recommendations on humanity’s courses of action. Some of the results are expected — the Earth’s surface temperature is continuing to rise — but some unusual trends and projections are also emerging. Michael Wysession, a professor of geophysics at Washington University in St. Louis, will summarize and explain the latest results, implications, and paths forward for humanity.
Michael Wysession has been a Geophysics Professor at Washington University in St. Louis for 30 years, doing research and teaching about earthquakes. Michael is also an international leader in geoscience literacy and education, and was one of the lead authors of the U.S. Next Generation Science Standards.
Crime dramas on television, and especially the CSI franchise, have helped promote public interest in forensic science, but they have created unrealistic expectations about the capabilities of forensic disciplines and the roles of forensic scientists. This presentation provides a more realistic view of careers in forensic science, with an emphasis on the education and training requirements to help students achieve their goals.
Dr. Jackson is the Ming Hsieh Distinguished Professor of Forensic and Investigative Science at West Virginia University. His group's research has appeared in more than 80 publications, more than 120 conference presentations, three issued patents, and more than $5 million in external funding. He has taught numerous workshops to practicing forensic professionals and is an active forensic chemistry consultant. He has appeared on Nancy Grace Live, Forensic Files II, and his published research on trace human remains was once a storyline in Law and Order SVU.
Gwenaëlle (Gwen-Eye-Yell) is a neuroscientist who studies mental illnesses like depression. She was inspired to pursue the field of mental health after her loved ones struggled. As a child of West Indian immigrants, she learned to communicate science across cultures and fight against stigmas and taboos around mental illness. She graduated with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and is currently pursuing a PhD in Neurobiology.
Seventy percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, but how much do we really know about this precious substance? Together, we will explore the hidden structure of water, the properties of waves, and the exciting potential that lies within a single raindrop. We will observe a live demonstration, review cutting edge experiments, and ask BIG questions. Bring your curiosity and imagination-and just add water!
Shannon has worked as a Science Content Developer on behalf of Savvas Learning Company for the last six months. Prior to this she was a STEM curriculum director, Pearson Science Specialist, HeartMath Project Manager, and Health Rhythms Facilitator; discovering how physics of the past can reimagine our future.
Join marine biologist Rachel LeCates as she discusses her journey from a small country in Central America to working at a sea turtle hospital in Texas. This presentation will include some turtle-y awesome four-flippered guests!
Rachel LeCates was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She moved to York, Pennsylvania when she was eight years old. Her love for science and the environment started at an early age. She graduated with a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In 2019, she served as both a summer and winter intern at Sea Turtle Inc. where she was later hired as a staff member in the education department.
Students will be challenged to fold a piece of paper as many times as they possibly can. Then they will design and carry out an experiment to test whether the number of folds depends upon any one of several variables. They will learn how to make hypotheses, design valid experiments, collect data, and draw conclusions—then determine whether they need to rethink and redesign their original experiments.
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Michael Padilla has taught science in middle and secondary school and has been a leader in middle grades science teacher education. He served as president of the National Science Teachers Association, the world’s largest science teaching organization, in 2005-6. Padilla is a long-term author with Pearson, now Savvas, and is a lead author of the Savvas elevateScience™ K-8 programs.
Even though Dana Bolles has experienced difficulties along the way, she has discovered some key take-aways that have helped her navigate through them. She has not let her own personal diversabilities stand in her way. Listen to her tips for success even if you are faced with challenges due to your own diversabilities.
Dana Bolles earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering, then began her work at NASA where she served as a payload safety engineer. Years later, she worked in a program focused on minimizing mission risks to human exploration of space. Today, she works at NASA Headquarters as a science communications program manager. In this role, she manages the day-to-day operations of a website focused on getting science out to the widest possible audience.
Dana has learned that in almost any type of job, increasing numbers of people are realizing the importance of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
She lives her life outside of the status quo on almost every level, as a queer, disabled, woman of color, half asian and half latina. Although she has lots of intersectionalities, people respond most to her disability, making assumptions about what she can’t do. She believes that being an AstroAccess Ambassador is a step forward for all in her community, highlighting the abilities of ALL for mission success!
Dana currently serves as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) IF/THEN Ambassador. This program brings together 125 women from a variety of STEM careers to serve as high-profile role models for middle school girls. By highlighting women in STEM who are contributing in all these fields, AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors like Dana show girls the different career pathways they can pursue and how STEM impacts their lives every day.
May-September 30, 2022
“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” – Victor Hugo
Spark innovation in your students by inviting them to participate in the On-Demand STEM Summer Reading Camp! Every story will inspire your students to engage in hands-on explorations that open their eyes to the wonders of science. Invite them to join in the fun this summer!
Reading list and activities coming soon!
Visit our website for free STEM support resources to use before, during, or after the on-demand Virtual STEM Fair experience. Design a bridge, build an earthquake safe structure, or create a water purification system. The resources on our Experience STEM site provide an opportunity to look at local issues and take it further to global solutions.
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