Celebrating STEM Superheroes
June 27-29, 2016
Renaissance Austin Hotel | Austin, TX
Welcome, STEM Superheroes!
The TRC Annual Meeting brings together teachers, education and business leaders, policy makers, and legislators to celebrate and recognize the achievements of the Collaboratives. As a three day professional development event, the Annual Meeting provides teachers with nearly 80 breakout sessions to choose from. Featured speakers range from STEM education researchers and innovators to business leaders and STEM professionals. The Annual Meeting also provides teachers with the opportunity to network and share ideas with fellow educators from outside their region and across the state. It’s also a lot of fun, with hands-on activities, games, cheers, and even some pirates.
TRC 23rd Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker
Liz Murray will share her story of going from homeless to Harvard with Texas STEM educators at the TRC 23rd Annual Meeting.
We’re excited to announce that the keynote speaker for the TRC 23rd Annual Meeting will be Liz Murray, author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard. Murray’s inspirational story of overcoming being raised in a home broken by addiction and homelessness to become a graduate of Harvard University is one that seems to resonate deeply with teachers. To say that being a teacher is challenging is as obvious as it is an understatement, but for most teachers knowing that they can make a difference in a student’s life provides the drive to keep going. And within Liz Murray’s story lies proof of the impact a teacher can have. The TRC Annual Meeting has always been part STEM professional development conference and part pep-rally, and this year’s keynote will ensure that the educators in attendance will leave motivated to look out for any Liz Murrays in their schools. Read more about Liz Murray here.
A Look Back at 2016
Whether you’re reliving the fun and camaraderie of last year or getting yourself psyched up for this year, take a look back at 2016’s TRC 22nd Annual Meeting to see how the value of the TRC turns teachers into STEM Superheroes.
Kick-Off Luncheon – Teaching and Mentoring Awards
Tuesday, June 27, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
The TRC 23rd Annual Meeting will Kick-Off at noon on Tuesday with a luncheon honoring TRC teachers for excellence in teaching and mentoring. Awards are sponsored by TRC corporate and foundation partners are given each year to a select group of educators nominated by their Project Directors for exceptional leadership and student support.
Showcase and Dinner
Tuesday, June 27
Showcase 5:00 PM / Dinner 7:00 PM
Often described as a cross between a science fair and a carnival, the Showcase gives our Collaboratives a chance to show off their work with displays and demonstrations that often include hands-on activities, games, and more! Visitors are encouraged to interact with each booth as they tour the exhibit floor. Following the Showcase, dinner will be served in the hotel ballroom and feature Liz Murray, author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, as this the TRC 23rd Annual Meeting’s Keynote Speaker.
TRC Vendor Fair
Wednesday, June 28, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
STEM-related vendors will have educational materials on display and be available to answer questions. Attendees are invited to meet and mingle with vendor representatives in a relaxed, reception atmosphere without the crowds of a trade-show or the pressure of a sales call. A complete list of vendors will be release, after vendor registration closes.
Thursday, June 29, 8:00 AM
Knocking down barriers with technology
Eli Luberoff – Founder & CEO, Desmos Inc
One-to-one. Accessibility. Personalization. Internationalization. Low floor. High ceiling. What do these all have in common? Each is intended to make mathematics work for every student. Not just the confident students, not just the struggling students, every student. We’ll explore the technology and techniques that can open doors, challenge the bored, empower the disempowered, enable the disabled, and turn every student into a mathematics student.
About Eli Luberoff
Eli began his programming life on his TI-83 graphing calculator in elementary school, culminating with a working version of Monopoly which was destroyed when he removed the backup battery by accident. He is the CEO of Desmos, which he founded in 2011. He was selected that year by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the top 25 entrepreneurs under 25. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with degrees in Math and Physics in 2009.
Closing Luncheon – Awards and Sharing
Thursday, June 29, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Nita Beth Camp Legacy Awards
These awards are presented to two TRC Project Directors in honor of a lifetime of dedication and commitment to quality education for Texas teachers and students, exemplified by Nita Beth Camp (1940-2007), Founding Project Director of Region 7 Science Collaborative.
The Texas Regional Collaboratives is a program of the Center for STEM Education at The University of Texas at Austin, which provides support for, and fosters collaboration among, researchers interested in conducting externally-funded interdisciplinary research on STEM teaching and learning, the conditions that influence it, and innovations that can maximize it. The Center for STEM Education also provides professional development for STEM teachers in Texas schools.