STEM Conference 2020 “Over the Moon with STEM”

Location: Recorded Virtual Sessions

Dates/Times Available: October 2, 2020 9:00 am  until October 16, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Cost: Grant Districts (Cherokee, Cherokee Central, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain) Covered by grant funds – Free

Cost Other Districts: $25.00

CEUs: 5 Contact Hours for viewing at least 4 sessions and submitting a summary description and evaluation

We are excited to announce “Over the Moon with STEM” for K-12 educators will take place October 2nd – October 16th.  The sessions will be pre-recorded allowing participants to view the sessions at their leisure. Participants will select 4 sessions to view and after viewing the sessions write a brief reflection and receive credit for 5 contact hours.


Featuring: Victoria Pidgeon Andrews

Victoria Pidgeon Andrews, recently retired, served as NASA’s first Deputy Planetary Defense Officer at the NASA Planetary Defense Program office in Washington, D.C. “Planetary Defense” refers to detecting, tracking and characterizing space objects such as asteroids and comets that come close to Earth, and more recently, to developing approaches to prevent potential asteroid impacts from occurring. Ms. Andrews led the Nation’s intergovernmental policy, planning, and cooperation efforts for planetary defense. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in science and technology policy from Virginia ‘Tech. She has worked on flight-system and instrument-development projects for NASA’s human exploration and Mars exploration programs. From 2005-2010 she was the Program Executive for the LCROSS mission, notable for confirming the presence of water ice on the Moon. After leading an asteroid utilization study for NASA in 2010, she became passionate about understanding, managing, and explaining the risk posed by near-Earth asteroids. Prior to retirement, Ms. Andrews co-chaired the NASA-FEMA Planetary Impact Emergency Response Working Group and served as Executive Secretary of the White House National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Space Weather, Security, and Hazards. Ms. Andrews is an avid fan of science fiction film and literature and possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the genre.

Additional Sessions:

  • NASA’s Resources for STEM Education   K-12

  • Cracking the Vault of Science and STEM Lesson Plans   K-12

  • Virtual STEM Career Exploration for the Covid-19 World   Grades 5-9

  • Backyard Science, Literacy and Remote Learning   Grades 3-12

  • Out of This World Digital Breakouts   Grades 3-12

  • Click and Go  K-12

  • Integrating STEM into Lessons Across the Curriculum  K-12

  • Destination Space, Hand-on-Satellite Programs for Aerospace Centered Education    Grades 9-12

  • Wakelet: More Than Meets the Eye   K-12