Curtis Chandler, BYU - Idaho

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Fun-Expert and Learning Evangelist

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Keynote Address"The Fun-Factor:  How to Create a 'Playful' Pedagogy"

Just what is it that motivates and engages today’s young people to learn and to persist in challenging tasks? While education can’t be all fun and games, more of what we do in the classroom should be. In this session, we will examine how educators can get more out of students by developing authentic, relevant, real-world, cognitively rigorous learning experiences.

Friday, March 16th.  8:30 AM - 9:50 AM
Vangstad Auditorium

*Note:  Curtis will also be running a separate breakout session Friday morning, "Teaching First....Technology Second": 10:00 - 11:50 AM in Vangstad Auditorium.
Click here to view Curtis' Tech Tools 4 Teachers.

Jonathan Gerlach, Discovery Education

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International Consultant for STEM Education Initiatives.

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Keynote Address: "4Cing the Future of STEM"

STEM is going through a dramatic change as industry and employer needs are changing exponentially. Needs for content expertise has changed as information is more readily at our fingertips and employers are now looking for employees with critical 21st century skills, the 4C’s: Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking. For our students to be successful in their future careers, we need to help them develop the skills employers are looking for, not just the content in subjects. Through the 4C’s, we will explore 21st century needs, and our students' futures.

Saturday, March 17th. 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
Vangstad Auditorium

*Note:  Jonathan will also be running a separate breakout session Saturday morning, "Learning Experiences Designed with STEM Cultures"  10:00 - 10:50 AM in Rhoades 137.

John Collins, The Paper Airplane Guy

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"Paper Airplanes and STEAM"

They glide gently, streak quickly, circle back, flip over and fly back up side down, spin, tumble, flap their wings, and some seem to fly forever (actual forever may vary). Discover the incredible STEAM potential of paper airplanes.

Friday, March 16th & Saturday, March 17th.  Times TBD.
Graichen Gym

John holds the current Guinness World Record for paper airplane distance. He broke the world record for distance flown by a paper airplane in 2012 with an entirely new kind of distance paper airplane.

A former television professional who wrote, directed and produced live broadcasts for several decades, John now spends more time sharing his love of paper airplanes with the world. He shares his passion for planes through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs across the country, making both public and private appearances at schools, science museums and public libraries.

John is the author of three books of original paper airplane designs and has presented at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Carnegie Mellon, Rice, Clark and Stanford University. His corporate clients include Google, Intuit, Genetech, Mattel, Sony, Go Daddy, United Airlines, and Boeing. He’s appeared on Conan, Discovery, ESPN, Nat Geo, Science Channel, and has been featured on the cover of the Wall Street Journal. His Star Fighter design is the one of the stars of the 2014 movie “Paper Planes.”

* Note:  John will also be available in the Exhibitor Area at various times throughout the conference.

James Kakalios, University of Minnesota

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School of Physics and Astronomy

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Banquet Address:  "The Uncanny Physics of Superhero Comic Books"

In 2001 I created a Freshman Seminar class at the University of Minnesota entitled: "Everything I Know About Science I Learned from Reading Comic Books." This is a real physics class, that covers topics from Isaac Newton to the transistor, but there’s not an inclined plane or pulley in sight.  Rather, ALL the examples come from superhero comic books, and as much as possible, those cases where the superheroes get their physics right! My talk will show how superhero comic books can be used to illustrate fundamental physics principles. For example, was it “the fall” or “the webbing” that killed Gwen Stacy, Spider-Man’s girlfriend in the classic Amazing Spider-Man # 121?  Why does the Flash become heavier as he tries to run at the speed of light? All this, and the answers to such important real life questions as how graphene saved Iron Man’s life, the chemical composition of Captain America’s shield, and who is faster: Superman or the Flash? will be discussed.

Friday, March 16th.  Evening Banquet
(5:30 PM Social.  6:00 PM Dinner & Keynote Address)
Valley City Eagles Club -
345 12th Ave NE, Valley City, ND