3rd Annual Pre K-12 STEM Education Conference

We are pleased to announce the newest STEM Conferences being held right here at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington!

  • Are you aware that there are newly adopted STEM attributes?
  • Are you interested in applying for STEM School Recognition?

Come join us for the exciting 3rd Annual Pre K-12 STEM conference and engage with local and state STEM Professionals as they share their expertise and offer successful and motivating strategies to engage children in the STEM fields! View the 2017 CESTEM Conference program here >

Friday January 6, 2017
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
UNCW Watson College of Education Building

Event Details

  • Full day conference, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • STEM Best Practices
  • Recently adopted STEM attributes
  • Pursuing STEM school recognition
  • Rountable coversations with STEM Professionals
  • Grant opportunities for funding innovation
  • Breakfast & Lunch included with registration
  • Commerical and Non-Profit Vendor booths with information and Door Prizes!

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Bonnie Monteleone
​Executive Director​, Director of Science, Research and Academic Partnerships 

As the Director of Science, Research and Academic Partnerships for Plastic Ocean Project, Inc. as well as the Executive Director, Bonnie Monteleone is a researcher who has collected plastic marine samples globally including 4 of the 5 gyres, the Caribbean, and has extended this work to Pyramid Lake, in a Nevada desert outside of Reno.

Monteleone completed her first field study exploration in the North Atlantic Gyre in July 2009 in collaboration with Maureen Conte, PhD. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science (BIOS). In the fall of 2009, Monteleone accompanied Algalita Marine Research Foundation’s 10-year resampling of the North Pacific Gyre quantifying the rate of marine debris growth to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, sampling a transect of 3,460 nautical miles (nm).

Monteleone also works in the Chemistry Department at UNC Wilmington as an Administrative Assistant and Plastic Marine Debris Lab assistant working with student Directed Independent Studies (DIS) research. Research projects vary from fieldwork collecting beach samples to lab analysis looking at plastic leachates, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) uptakes, and plastic ingestion by marine organisms. She collaborates with Pamela Seaton, Brooks Avery, Susanne Brander, and Alison Taylor.

Bonnie is also an accomplished artist, turning some of the plastic she collects on her voyages into modern artistic masterpieces http://bit.ly/2hT81nD.

Dr. José Garcia
Director of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for Greene County Schools

José Garcia has been working for Greene County Schools since he began his teaching career in 2001. He graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Science Education and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Masters of Science in Science Education. Currently, he serves as the district Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Director. Mr. Garcia has been a science instructor in all science grades 6-12, and served as an instructional technologist in grades 6-8.

In addition, he serves as a member of the Science, Technology, and Mathematics (SMT) Board of Directors, Industrial Engineering Technology committee advisor at Lenoir Community College, Electronics Engineering Technology Advisory Board at Pitt Community College, and faculty member for the Smithsonian Science Education Center. Mr. Garcia leads a North Carolina “Model” STEM school 2015.

Participant Registration

Participant Registration is now Closed!

**We are unable to accept online payments for registration fees.

Please mail a check (made to "UNCW CESTEM") for $25.00 to:
UNCW CESTEM
NST, Room 1026
UNC Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5976 

Vendor Registration

Vendor Registration is now Closed!

**We are unable to accept online payments for commercial vendor registration fees.
Please mail a check (made to "UNCW CESTEM") for $150.00 to:
UNCW CESTEM
NST, Room 1026
UNC Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5976

Registration fees for Non-Profit vendors is free. 

Sponsors of the 3rd Annual Pre K-12 STEM Education Conference

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