Special Interest Sessions

2019 National TSA Conference

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2019

Azalea 1 Conference Room

11:30 a.m. – Integrating TSA into the Classroom
Jerianne Taylor, Ph.D., North Carolina TSA State Advisor & Appalachian State University Professor
Learn how to integrate TSA activities into standards-based curriculum at the middle and high school level.

1:00 p.m. – SES Humanoid Robotic National Championships: Robotic Dance and Storytelling
Robert Stokes, Owner/President, Stokes Educational Services
National finalists in the high school and middle school divisions demonstrate their programs of a robotic dance or story to compete in the championships

Azalea 2 Conference Room

11:00 a.m. – Getting Smart on Artificial Intelligence
Roopa Vasan, Senior Signal Processing/Machine Learning Engineer, Leidos
How does Netflix suggest the perfect movie for you? Scientists and engineers are finding patterns in data to enable machines to make decisions—impacting everything from social media to disease diagnosis. Discover how AI works and how you can be a part of it.

12:30 p.m. – The Flight of the Drones: A Sequel
Douglas Spotted Eagle, Director of Educational Programming, Sundance Media Group
Learn the latest in drone technology from an expert who has spent many years working on the technical side of the music and film industries and currently utilizes drones to document accident and crime scenes for public safety organizations.

Azalea 3 Conference Room

11:30 a.m. – Bring STEM to Life for All Students
Steve Barbato, Executive Director/CEO, ITEEA
Teachers and students considering a career as a technology and engineering STEM educator, learn how to design and deliver an exciting and engaging technology and engineering lesson that your students deliver to your district’s elementary schools. Access ITEEA’s online educator resources to improve your program and engage your students to become future technology and engineering teachers!  

Magnolia 3 Conference Room

11:30 a.m. – STEM at the United States Naval Academy
Commander Martin Fajardo, U.S. Naval Academy
Learn how the U.S. Naval Academy prepares midshipmen to interface with multiple technologies; exposes them to the interdependence of different disciplines in STEM military technologies; and enhances their technical proficiency and communication skills.

1:00 p.m. – Computer Science Teachers Association: A Helpful Resource for STEM Teachers
Jen Smith, CSTA
Explore the benefits of CSTA membership while exploring resources available for teaching computing concepts.

3:00 p.m. – New Middle School Events 20202021
Natalie Norman and Dale Moll, Competition Regulations Committee
Learn about specific changes for middle school events and receive a preview of new events included in the Middle School Competitive Events Guide for 20202021.

SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2019

Azalea 2 Conference Room

 

11:00 a.m. – Help Inspire Middle School Girls to Explore Tech
Alicia Park, National Outreach Manager, TechGirlz
The TechGirlz non-profit organization has created 50+ short, interactive workshops known as TechShopz in a Box, which cover a wide variety of technology topics and can be run by anyone, anywhere, to inspire girls.

12:30 p.m. – Jumpstarting your STEM Startup
Monica S. Flores, Founder, FemaleFounders.Network
Use your passion for technology to solve problems and make the world a better place. Turn your knowledge, skills, and abilities into a working tech business through this Q & A with the recipient of a 2018 NTENny Award for outstanding, non-profit, tech professionals.

2:00 p.m. – What’s the Best Path to a Career in IT?
Tazneen Kasem, Director, Product Management, CompTIA
More than 1,000,000 jobs are available in IT—from cybersecurity to cloud to big data architecture. Learn the paths available to one of the most lucrative and rewarding career fields. 

3:30 p.m. – How Will Driverless Vehicles Operate?
Prachi Vakharia, National Academies of Sciences Transport Research Board
Take a closer look at the systems, sensors, and infrastructure that help cars become more autonomous and drive themselves. Understand core principles behind this revolution, and how you can be a part of it.

5:00 p.m. – New Middle School Events 20202021
Natalie Norman and Dale Moll, Competition Regulations Committee
Learn about specific changes for middle school events and receive a preview of new events included in the Middle School Competitive Events Guide for 20202021.

Azalea 3 Conference Room

11:00 a.m. – 3D Home Design Software in the Classroom
Kayla Lockhart, Chief Architect Software
Chief Architect’s 3D architectural modeling software has been used in a wide range of classes—from architectural drafting to child development; from criminal justice to math. See how it can be used in your own classroom.

3:00 p.m. – STEM at the United States Naval Academy
Commander Martin Fajardo, U.S. Naval Academy
Learn how the U.S. Naval Academy prepares midshipmen to interface with multiple technologies; exposes them to the interdependence of different disciplines in STEM military technologies; and enhances their technical proficiency and communication skills.

5:00 p.m. – Ready to Race: Junior Solar Sprint
Bob Walters,  JSS Event Coordinator/retired Tech Ed Teacher, Former Career & Tech Dept. Chair
Dave Buchner, Tech Ed Teacher/Career & Tech Dept. Chair, DeWitt Middle School, Ithaca, NY
Get up to speed on a fun, hands-on way to sharpen 5th to 8th grade STEM skills through JSS from two experts who have been hosting solar-powered model car races for 20 years.

MONDAY, JULY 1, 2019

Camellia 1 Conference Room

11:00 a.m. – Want to be an Engineer?
John Vadnal, Ph.D., School of Engineering, Liberty University Professor
What are the types of engineering? Why should you consider becoming an engineer? What can you expect in the field? How can you succeed as an engineering major in college? Learn all that—and key challenges facing engineers in the 21st century and tips for becoming a “T-Shaped Engineer.”

1:00 p.m. – New Middle School Events 20202021
Natalie Norman and Dale Moll, Competition Regulations Committee
Learn about specific changes for middle school events and receive a preview of new events included in the Middle School Competitive Events Guide for 20202021.

3:00 p.m. – World-class K–16 STEM Opportunities
Christina Weber and Brian Leftridge, AEOP
Curious about the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program? Lean more about no-cost U.S. Army STEM educational programs, competitions, and internships.

Camellia 2 Conference Room

11:00 a.m. – STEM at the United States Naval Academy
Commander Martin Fajardo, U.S. Naval Academy
Learn how the U.S. Naval Academy prepares midshipmen to interface with multiple technologies; exposes them to the interdependence of different disciplines in STEM military technologies; and enhances their technical proficiency and communication skills.

Magnolia 1 Conference Room

11:30 a.m. - Technology and Engineering Education in Higher Education
Daphne Fauber, Reporter
Technology and Engineering Educators Collegiate Association (TEECA)
Technology and engineering education are necessary careers, but often overlooked by students more interested in traditional STEM pathways in higher education. Learn what it means to be an engineering and technology education student and how you can join the movement for engaging the leaders of tomorrow.