Friday, April 15 10–11 a.m. Registration (Conference Center) 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Opening Luncheon (Conference Center) 12:30–1:30 p.m. Keynote — Raymond Almgren (Conference Center)
Ray Almgren is marketing and strategy consultant for tech companies in the area of the Internet of Things, Information Technology, and STEM. Ray worked at National Instruments for 28 years and was Vice President of Product and Corporate Marketing for the past 15 years. Ray also created and lead their education business unit focused on hands-on learning for engineering and science majors. Ray is a Chair of FIRST in Texas and a member of the National FIRST Executive Advisory Board, the Austin Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and several engineering advisory boards including The University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University, and Tufts University.
1:45–3 p.m. STEM Panel (Conference Center) Alamo Heights ISD Rocketry Program, Colin R. Lang, Aerospace Studies Teacher
The mission of this program is to enhance education for better workforce development and to ignite tomorrow's innovators. The goal is to incorporate a problem-solving education philosophy into the school through a project-based curriculum. This curriculum has proven to encourage students to enter academic and career paths in STEM fields that lead to careers in the engineering industries. One Alamo Heights ISD school board member recently stated that, "This program is literally changing the trajectory of your students' lives".
Northside ISD Solar Cars Program
Solar Cars is an after-school STEM program for fourth and fifth grade students. Each team is provided a solar panel, gearbox, and axle rods, but the rest of the car design is up to them. In addition to learning about teamwork, students are also developing their engineering skills through the design and testing process. This is our 20th Anniversary year and we will have 319 teams with 1,050 students participating on our Annual Race day event, which will take place on April 30, 2016, at Northside Gustafson Stadium.
Additional Links on STEM-Related Fields:
3–3:30 p.m. Break — Stantec (Clubhouse) 3:30–4:30 p.m. Conversation with Mike Morath (Conference Center) 4:30–5:30 p.m. Superintendents Roundtable (Conference Center)
Dialogue with Superintendents (superintendents only, please)
6 p.m. Board Buses 6:30–7:30 p.m. Reception (Grey Moss Inn) 7:30–8:30 p.m. Dinner (Grey Moss Inn) Saturday, April 16 7–8 a.m. Board Meeting (Ace in the Hole) 7–8 a.m. Breakfast (Conference Center) 8:30–10:15 a.m. Breakout # 1 — Robotics, Drones (Conference Center) 10:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Breakout # 2 — Paleontology Field Trip (Riverbed) 1–5:30 p.m. Golf (Tapatio Springs) 6:30–7:30 p.m. Reception (The Lawn) 7:30–9 p.m. Dinner (The Lawn) Sunday, April 17 8:30–10 a.m.
Business Meeting (Cibolo)
10–11 a.m. Breakfast (La Cascada Restaurant)