2014 STEM Conference was a Success
Nearly 650 educators and business representatives came together to explore student achievement, bridging the skills gap, workforce development and cross-sector partnerships at a major conference about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.
The conference -- titled "PA STEM Vision: Connecting Classroom to Career" -- was designed to support teachers' efforts in improving STEM education. It was held May 9, 2014 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. It was hosted by ASSET STEM Education and co-sponsored by Norwin School District, the Pittsburgh Technology Council, and the Philadelphia Education Fund. 

“Norwin School District was honored to be a co-sponsor of this first-class event, and we credit ASSET STEM Education for their tremendous drive to improve upon previous years’ conferences,” said Dr. William Kerr, Norwin Superintendent of Schools. “It was a gathering of STEM stakeholders across the state who are passionate about inspiring a better future for Pennsylvania's students.”

Norwin School District co-sponsored last year’s conference with ASSET in Pittsburgh after having created the conference in Westmoreland County in 2012.

Dr. Cynthia Pulkowski, executive director at ASSET STEM Education, provided the welcome, and Governor Tom Corbett provided the opening remarks.

Attendees traveled from New York, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia, and right here in western Pennsylvania to learn from presenters who shared best practices at nearly 40 breakout sessions throughout the day. The keynote speakers were Randall Dearth, President and CEO, Calgon Carbon Corporation; Gamal Sherif, Educator, Science Leadership Academy; and Doug Jensen, Associate Vice President, Workforce Education and Economic Development, Westmoreland County Community College. Dr. Kerr, Norwin Superintendent of Schools, introduced keynote speaker Mr. Jensen.