Science conference to address ‘new directions’

The Maine Science Teachers Association will hold its annual conference on Friday, Oct. 7 at Gardiner Area High School.

The all-day conference will focus on “New Directions in Science,” following the summer release of “A Framework for K-12 Science Education” by the National Research Council and the start of the development of the “Next Generation Science Standards.”

The conference will feature a plenary session on the K-12 science education framework by Thomas Keller of the National Academy of Sciences and Anita Bernhardt of the Maine Department of Education. Other sessions will address STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning, science inquiry, and science and literacy.

Habib Dagher, professor of civil and structural engineering at the University of Maine and founding director of the AEWC Advanced Structures & Composites Center, will deliver the conference’s keynote address. He’ll discuss offshore wind research and science education.

Science teachers who attend will have information about the Next Generation Science Standards to bring back to their colleagues.

Visit the Maine Science Teachers Association website for more information about the conference and to register online.

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  1. At TEDxDirigo last Saturday, Prof. Dagher presented a fascinating, realistic plan for powering Maine’s energy needs with floating offshore wind turbines developed at UMaine and manufactured by Bath Iron Works and Cianbro. This should be a compelling keynote.

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