2020 STEM Homeschool Conference Speakers:
Carolyn Balch started her career as a high school physics teacher in northern New Jersey and then in Kenya. From there she moved into museum education, first at a children’s museum and then at the Smithsonian. At each, she developed materials for families and students to help bring the engagement of hands-on exhibits into their studies. She left the workforce when her children were born but soon became involved in a school startup.
She joined the middle school faculty, developing an exploration-based curriculum. This approach delivers content through experiments and activities. Doing labs every day can get crazy, but switching to a self-directed classroom where students worked at their own pace was a life-saver. It was amazing to see the students become busier and calmer. Now she writes full time as the author of Engaging Science Labs. You can find her at https://www.engagingsciencelabs.com where she offers experiments and labs for grades 4-8 and writes about science teaching and learning. Carolyn loves to show teachers and parents how to incorporate more hands-on activities into their scientific study. She’s not sure everyone will come around to an exploration-based approach, but she can dream.
Tracy Borgmeyer is a mom and chemical engineer whose mission is to inspire our kids to be curious and confident about science. She is the author of SheLovesScience.com which shows readers simple and easy science experiments to apply to everyday life.
She also writes the Halley Harper: Science Girl Extraordinaire middle grade chapter book series because Halley is the hero that she wished she had growing up. The first book, Summer Set in Motion (2017), follows quirky science-loving nine year old Halley Harper as she uses the Laws of Motion to save her friends and her beloved Camp Eureka. In the second book, The Friendship Experiment (2018), Halley uses chemistry to get her best friend back and save her from a new mean girl. The third book in the series, Secret Rock Aftershock (2019) Halley discovers just how much life changes as an eleven year old and how geology can change everything. Follow Tracy at https://twitter.com/tracyborgmeyer, http://shelovesscience.com/, and https://halleyharper.com/!
Ali Dunn is the founder of Me Two Books and the author of several children’s books including The Career Explorer: An Introduction to Career Development and STEAM Careers. She is also the creator of an ecourse, Introduction to Career Exploration. Prior to Me Two Books, Ali worked as a higher education administrator at Indiana University and The University of Tampa. She has over 8 years of experience as a career counselor and adjunct professor.
Carla Jansen (MA Science Education and National Geographic Educator) traded her high school classroom for the world-sized classroom of homeschooling. In the past she taught Biology, Integrated Physics and Chemistry, Earth Systems, and Integrated Sciences. She now homeschools her five children and shares educational activities, freebies, and unit studies at Teaching Without Chairs and Preschool Powol Packets. She is particularly passionate about hands-on exploration and child-led learning. She is currently writing several science and STEM themed picture books also, and invites you to join in that adventure at Turtle Trails Publishing.
Leah McDermott, M.Ed. is a homeschooling mama of two, and a former Master Educator who spent her early career working in inner city public schools, where she realized how little interaction students had with nature on a daily basis. It has since become her mission to help parents and teachers around the world bring more natural elements to their children’s everyday learning experiences.
She does this mainly through her nature-inspired curriculum, A Child’s World, her one-of-a-kind parent training course Grow Your Natural Learner, and through multiple training programs, writings, and experiences for educators and parents.
Leah has over 15 years of experience educating and working with children of all ages, from infancy to college years. She has two Masters of Education degrees as a Reading Specialist, K-12 certification, and Curriculum and Instruction Design. She has been featured on The Huffington Post and USA Today, and has been speaking and offering virtual and live workshops for teachers and parents around the world for the past six years.
Beth Napoli shares wisdom gained from 16+ years homeschooling her 5 daughters at Techie Homeschool Mom. She inspires and equips homeschooling moms to meet the needs of 21st century learners and incorporate more technology into home education. Beth’s not a computer expert; she just geeks out over cool web tools and online learning resources and loves to share what she finds with other homeschool moms.
Beth is also the creator of Online Unit Studies, tech-driven internet-based thematic learning experiences and the hostess of the Techin’ Your Homeschool Facebook group.
Randi is a former speech-language therapist turned homeschool mom. She adapts curricula and activities to support her two boys who both have learning challenges. Blogging at Peanut Butter Fish Lessons gives her a creative outlet in the sometime overwhelming chaos of homeschooling. When she is not teaching her boys or blogging, she enjoys reading, long walks while listening to podcasts, and exploring new places.
Krista Stith, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Gifted Studies and Talent Development at Ball State University. With teaching pre-service educators, Dr. Stith is purposeful in providing inter-, multi-, and transdisciplinary educational experiences that tie technology and engineering practices to engage future teachers in STEAM literacy. While serving as the Director of the Gifted Center, she provides support to a wide audience of stakeholders (e.g., educational leadership, scholars, teachers, parents, and students) in a number of facets regarding high ability education. Her research interests are in design thinking attitudes, content knowledge, and skills of high ability students. She is the proud mother of Connor (6), Cailin (3), and Hannah (1) and her first children’s book, titled How to Keep an Owl Dry in the Rain, explores design thinking through the lens of children. She may be reached at email@example.com.
Kerry taught 2nd – 7th grades in public schools for 10 years. She now creates teaching resources and delivers professional development to parents and teachers around the world to help them uncover more feel-good teaching moments in their lives, with brain-busting work disguised as fun. Kerry holds a master’s degree in Design-Based Learning.
Redeemer J. Wonsiah
Redeemer is a Liberian with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He has been involved with STEM since 2017 and currently mentors STEM Club-Team Liberia.
JenJen comes from three generations of strong single mothers. She is the first in her family to graduate from college, earning a master in Entertainment Arts and Engineering. She is the sole founder and tech entrepreneur of an award-winning startup called Tiered World Studios (TW). The lack of access to high-quality STEM education in the poorest schools is known as STEM deserts. Just as a desert has an oasis, TW is creating STEM oases at kid-friendly spaces where kids engage in STEM, including art, innovation, and entrepreneurship (STEAMIE) with their omnichannel edutainment platform. The platform includes activities that are STEM.org Authenticated and a pilot script for a kids educational cartoon that is STEM Reviewed.
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