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College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions to Co-Sponsor STEM Education Conference

Posted 09/19/2012
Posted by David Isgur

The University of Hartford's College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) will co-sponsor the Connecticut STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Conference at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford on Monday, Sept. 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Careers in the global workforce of the future will rely heavily upon preparation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. So ENHP and its community partners — Hartford Public Schools, Saint Francis Medical Center, East Hartford Public Schools, and the Connecticut Science Center — have brought together experienced STEM educators to provide more than 24 presentations focusing on developing STEM curricula and schools.

For further information, contact Marlene Hall, ENHP’s collegiate director of communication and recruitment, at 860.768.5116 or

Stephen Hegedus will open the day-long conference with the keynote address on Creativity in School: Math, Identity, and Motivation. Hegedus is the director of the Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education at UMASS/Dartmouth.

Conference topics will cover teaching, practice, and research in more than 25 presentations focusing on the following strands: STEM Inquiry: Instructional practices that support STEM inquiry; STEM Research: Research on STEM learning; STEM Leadership: Creating and developing STEM schools and programs; and STEM Career Opportunities: Lunch and learn with education and industry leaders

“Whether it’s improving our health or harnessing clean energy, protecting our security or succeeding in the global economy, our future depends on reaffirming America’s role as the world’s engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation. And that leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today, especially in math, science, technology, and engineering,” noted President Obama in a speech earlier this year highlighting the importance of STEM education.

This Connecticut STEM Conference, which is designed primarily for school and university personnel, is also an example of the initiatives emerging from ENHP’s Institute for Translational Research and the partnerships that the University of Hartford has formed within the last few years with the Hartford Public School system and with Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.