Texas A&M hosts more than 100 teachers for 2011 STEM summit

Steve Wolf holding air cannonTexas A&M University's Dwight Look College of Engineering and the College of Science is hosting more than 100 teachers today (Jan. 28) for the 2011 Teacher Summit, focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The STEM program was created to address the growing concern that the United States is not preparing a sufficient number of students, teachers and practitioners in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The conference, held at the College Station Hilton and Conference Center, is attended by teachers from all over the state of Texas and provides teachers with a day of interactive experiential learning. Teachers who attend receive eight hours of valuable continuing education credit while being exposed to real science and engineering at a Research One university. Additionally, the teachers received project ideas and materials to use in their classrooms. The conference was offered at no cost to the teachers through generous donations from sponsors including Chevron, Nuclear Power Institute, ConocoPhillips, STP Nuclear Operating Company, and the Subsea Tieback Foundation.

The featured speaker at this year's conference is Steve Wolf, special effects and stunt coordinator for Wolf Stunt Works. Wolf is an experienced stunt and special effects coordinator who is passionate about how exciting science can be. By using the science that he encounters every day in his movie and television work, Wolf creates a program that makes science exciting and fun for children. He also works with teachers to help them use some of the same approaches to teaching science in the movies.