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Middle school students to attend STEAM Event, Director of Instructional Technology to be keynote speaker
Middle school students to attend STEAM Event, Director of Instructional Technology to be keynote speaker
Posted on 03/27/2017

Seventh-grade girls from around the District will participate in the seventh-grade girls STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Event for western Missouri at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg on March 30. The purpose of the event is to provide STEAM-related experiences and opportunities for seventh-grade girls from across Missouri. Girls will be engaged in hands-on STEAM activities, designed and facilitated by instructors from UCM and more than 30 business and industry representatives and leaders.

Raytown School District Director of Instructional Technology Melissa Tebbenkamp will serve as the keynote speaker at the UCM STEAM Event. Tebbenkamp received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in educational technology from UCM. Since joining Raytown Quality Schools in 2006, Tebbenkamp has become one of the first 46 professionals in the nation and one of only three in Missouri certified as an education technology leader by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). She serves on the CoSN national board of directors and was founding member and past chair of CoSN’s state chapter, the Missouri Education Technology Leaders Board. She also served as moderator and creator of Missouri’s Educational Technology Professional Learning Community.

The UCM STEAM Event is a result of a partnership between Missouri regional college and career consultants from across the state, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, UCM and Washington University. The National Girls Collaborative Project and the STEM Education Coalition validate the importance of STEAM events for girls. Research indicates that STEAM events engaging girls between the ages of 10 and 14, influences them to enter a STEAM career field.

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