Inaugural STEM Summit provides experts, resources

The Permian Strategic Partnership and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation (CRSF) will host an inaugural STEM Summit, a day of engaging professional development for educators, June 13 at the Saulsbury Campus Center at Odessa College, 201 W. University Blvd.

The STEM Summit will provide teachers from 22 counties in the Permian Basin with hands-on training and valuable networking opportunities. Teachers will also be eligible to earn continuing education credits. One of the teachers attending the Summit will win a classroom makeover grand prize worth $10,000 for their school.

By 2024, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation will have installed 134 STEM Centers in elementary schools across 22 counties in Texas and New Mexico. The Permian Basin STEM Centers will impact students from pre-K through fifth grade, 65.5% of whom are living below the poverty level.

The summit breakout sessions, led by industry experts, will focus on topics such as integrating STEM practices within state standards, using 3D printers in the classroom, and utilizing robotics and coding tools.

“The summit is a continuation of our STEM program. We know that providing these resources for educators will have a significant impact on the future of their students,” said Steve Salem, CRSF President & CEO. “With breakout sessions, an expert panel and giveaway prizes, we hope teachers leave inspired and better prepared to integrate STEM into their lessons.”