Science, technology, math and engineering take center stage at Synergy Summit at EMU

by Debra Johnson, Published August 13, 2012


YPSILANTI - Its all about creating tomorrow's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) leaders when educators and industry leaders come together at this year's Synergy Summit conference, Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center.

This year, a new interactive and dynamic format will provide a collaborative atmosphere for presenters and attendees as they discuss innovative ways to positively influence K-12 youth towards the pursuit of STEM programs.

Who should attend the conference? Teachers, professors, guidance counselors, principals, administrators, school board members, CTE directors, field service representatives, outreach coordinators, grant officers, executive directors, HR representatives, designers, engineers, managers, executives, small business owners and manufacturers.

"The Synergy Summit is a wonderful opportunity for educators from colleges and universities, K-12 schools, and the business industry to share ideas and create opportunities to improve a student's interest and learning about STEM disciplines," said Mary Kubitskey, assistant professor in the physics and astronomy department at Eastern.

Major presenters and their topics are:

  • Ann Arbor's renowned Menlo Innovations will set the stage with "Igniting Innovation through Collaboration" in their keynote presentation providing valuable and compelling best practices you won't want to miss.
  • Michigan STEM Partnership will bring an expert panel to this critical conversation on developing a dynamic future for students in our Great Lakes economy via the STEM Collaborative Organization.
  • Leaders from Emerging Business Incubators through Automation Alley will provide a fascinating panel discussion focused on new jobs and the skills needed for success.
  • Ann Arbor Hands On Museum will explore the role of informal science education, and school administrators will unveil their new 21st Century Science Classroom concepts.

Breakout sessions include human resource and corporate outreach topics, the new science standards for teachers and a special session for career and technical educators. In addition, Eisbrenner Public Relations will offer their expertise on communications.

The cost is $95 per person, and includes registration, lunch, breakout sessions and materials. Click on the enroll in the conference homepage to enroll or for additional information, visit the Square One Networks homepage. The EMU Student Center is located at 900 Oakwood Street, Ypsilanti, MI and visit the EMU Student Center map for directions and parking information.

The Square One Education Network, the event's organizer, provides grants to schools and other K-12 learning environments that range from $5,000 to $10,000.

The Synergy Summit conference is approved for 5.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Please be sure to note the program ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, visit the HR Certification Institute homepage.




Debra Johnson

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