Seminole Ridge Community High School
Science Symposium 2014
Thursday, Aug. 14th, 7:15am
4601 Seminole Pratt Whitney Rd
- Science Symposium will be held at Seminole Ridge Community High School.
- Additional information ... coming soon!
Registration & Ticketing
New streamlined check-in process for this year’s conference!
When you register to attend the conference a ticket will be emailed to you. Please print your ticket (or save to your smartphone) and bring it with you on the day of the conference. Express Check-In stations will be available to quickly scan your ticket and record your attendance. Click here to register.
In the event you forget your ticket (or haven’t registered) you will still be able to register and check-in at the Registration Station.
Keynote Presenter - Bill Robertson
A former college physics instructor; researcher in cognitive science; and developer of curricula for Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, the US Space Foundation, and the Wild Goose Company, Bill Robertson is the author of NSTA’s award-winning book series, Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach It. He reviews and edits science materials, takes on various writing projects, performs teacher workshops across the country, and participates in the development and writing of NSTA Science Objects. He also writes a monthly column, Science 101, for the magazine Science and Children.
In addition to his book series, Bill has published in various refereed journals, including Cognitive Science and Educational Leadership. His research focused on the difference between memorizing and understanding, and the cognitive structures associated with each. Bill is an expert in the application of constructivist strategies in curriculum development, and has given numerous talks on the subject at AERA, AAPT, and NARST conferences. Bill earned a BA in physics from Occidental College, an MS in physics from the University of Illinois and a PhD in science education from the University of Colorado.
Bill works at home in the mountain town of Woodland Park, Colorado, with one child in college and another applying to med school, plus two very large dogs who shed quite a bit. His wife holds down a real job and is respected in the community. She’s a judge. Bill knows many of the local grocery store cashiers, but is unsure of their respect.
“Kids want to be challenged, but today too many are bored and uninspired. I want to use aviation to excite and empower a new generation to become scientists, engineers, and explorers."
Barrington Irving is very good at rising above obstacles. Literally. Raised in Miami's inner city, surrounded by crime, poverty, and failing schools, he beat the odds to become the youngest person and only African American ever to fly solo around the world. He built a plane himself, made his historic flight, graduated magna cum laude from an aeronautical science program, and founded a dynamic educational nonprofit. Then he turned 28.
His message for kids: "The only thing that separates you from CEOs in corner offices or scientists in labs is determination, hard work, and a passion for what you want to achieve. The only person who can stop you from doing something great is you. Even if no one believes in your dream, you have to pursue it." The secret, he believes, is having a dream in the first place, and that starts with powerful learning experiences that inspire kids to pursue careers—particularly in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Breakfast & Snacks
Cost $1 - $3
- Assorted yogurts