Delaware STEM Symposium & Awards Gala
Delaware State University will host the 4th annual 2018 STEM Symposium and Educator Awards Gala on the afternoon and evening of Wednesday, May 2 in the second floor parlors of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center on campus.
Representatives of the state Department of Education and Department of Labor are expected to participate in the event throughout the day. They will be joined at the Symposium by the First State’s most talented STEM teachers, business leaders, nonprofit directors, members of the Delaware STEM Council, and Ashland Inc., to name a few. The day’s events will bring together STEM advocates from across the Delaware Valley to the state’s capital city.
Registration will begin at 1 p.m. on the second floor outside the parlors at the top of the stairs. The afternoon’s panel discussions are:
- Session I, 1:15-2:15 p.m., The Role of STEM in Food and Agriculture in Delaware – A discussion on how Delaware is uniquely poised to take advantage of the way STEM is changing every aspect of food and agriculture production in American life and the broad array of STEM skills needed for related industries in the First State.
- Session II, 2:30-3:30 p.m., The Future of STEM and Healthcare in Delaware – Panelists will discuss the intersections between STEM and Healthcare that are not broadly recognized, and the importance of the identifying current and future roles STEM in health-related industries.
- Session III, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Delaware STEM and Information Technology – A discussion on the newfound avenues to harness the ever growing amount of information that need to be communicated and understood, and how technology and information are key drivers in the Delaware STEM economy.
Following the panel discussions, the day’s festivities continue with the Delaware STEM Educator Awards Gala. The awards recognize K-12 STEM teachers who continue to demonstrate high quality STEM innovation and excellence throughout the First State. Delaware’s Lieutenant Governor, Bethany Hall Long, will give the keynote address and deliver the awards alongside the Council’s Co-Chair, Dr. Teri Quinn Gray.
The day’s activities end with a Cocktail Networking Hour from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The MLK Jr. Student Center and Parking Lot 1 are located to right after proceeding through DSU 1200 N. DuPont Highway main entrance.
Registration can be done in advance by visiting http://delawarestem.org/symposium-awards-2018 .
Delaware State University enjoys a long history as one of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Founded in 1891 as the State College for Colored Students, DSU is proud of its heritage as one of the country’s 1890 Land Grant educational institutions. Today, it is a welcome center of learning for students from many backgrounds. STEM programs and research have become an indelible part of the University’s academic character and structure.
About Delaware STEM Council:
The STEM Council membership is comprised of all aspects of the STEM economy in the state of Delaware. The highly qualified individuals that form the Council represent every corner of the State. They are a mix of everything from educators, school administrators, technology employers, business leaders and government officials and much more. Judson Wagner, Brandywine School District, and Dr. Teri Quinn Gray serve as Co-Chairs of the Council and Daniel Suchenski serves as its Executive Director. Our goals are:
- Expand the number of Delaware students who ultimately pursue advanced degrees and careers in STEM fields and broaden the participation of women and minorities in these fields.
- Expand the STEM capable workforce to create, grow and attract STEM related businesses to Delaware.
- Increase STEM literacy for all Delaware students including those who pursue non-STEM related careers, but need STEM skills.
About Delaware STEM Educator Awards:
The Delaware STEM Educator Award recognizes a teacher or team of teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels that demonstrate STEM innovation and excellence through teaching, academic collaboration, and student engagement. First place winners will receive a one-time unrestricted cash award as a thank you for their commitment to STEM in Delaware and the success of our students.
The Delaware STEM Symposium brings together thought leaders in all aspects of the STEM pipeline into thoughtful discussions into the challenges and opportunities that a STEM future means to Delaware and the region. Leading the Delaware Valley when it comes to STEM advocacy and resources, Delaware STEM brings leaders and experts from across the country to engage in this annual event.