Just rolled in after a two hour drive and my brain is still buzzing a bit. A couple of quick impressions with more thoughtful reflection to come:
- The STEM phrase (and related ones) means different things to different people/schools. I know that this is essentially true of most words, but it seems especially true here. I think it is vital for each school to clearly define for its constituencies what they mean when they are talking about STEM.
- It is clear to me that there are MANY educators who thirst for time to talk with each other about their practice and their ideas. We need to work at each of our institutions to make this more possible.
- The notion of collaboration (between students, between teachers, between departments) was at the heart of all of the talks I attended.
Oh yeah, I won two raffle items! Sweet.