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The Georgia Department of Education is dedicated to preparing students for 21st Century workplace careers by providing high quality educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. In Georgia, STEM education is defined as an integrated curriculum (as opposed to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics taught in isolation) that is driven by problem solving, discovery, exploratory project/problem-based learning, and student-centered development of ideas and solutions. The saturation of technology in most fields means that all students – not just those who plan to pursue a STEM profession – will require a solid foundation in STEM to be productive members of the workforce.



October 20-21, 2014

Classic Center, Athens, Ga


Keynote Addresses & Premier Workshops


Monday, October 20th

Dot Harris

The Honorable Dot Harris

US Department of Energy
Director, Office of Economic Impact
And Diversity

Sponsored by Texas Instruments

LaDoris “Dot” Harris was nominated by President Obama to be the Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the United States Department of Energy. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 29, 2012. Ms. Harris brings nearly 30 years of management and leadership experience to this position, having served at some of the world’s largest firms and leading a successful energy, IT, and healthcare consulting firm. Serving at an Assistant Secretary level position at the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, Ms. Harris leads the Department of Energy’s efforts to ensure minorities and historically underrepresented communities are afforded an opportunity to participate fully in our energy programs.  Read more

Tuesday, October 21st

Ken Wesson

Ken Wesson-Educational

Sponsored by School Specialty/Delta Education

Kenneth Wesson is a former college and university-level faculty member and administrator. He delivers keynote addresses on the neuroscience of learning for educational organizations and institutions throughout the United States and overseas. His audiences range from early childhood specialists to college and university-level educators. His international audiences have included educators and administrative officers from six of the world seven continents. His research is frequently published and referenced in Parents Magazine and the journal Brain World.  Read more

Premier Workshops


Dr. Cindy Moss

Director of Global STEM Initiatives for
Discovery Education

Sponsored by Discovery Education

Cindy Moss, Director of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education, is charged with supporting school districts in their work to develop and deploy student initiatives to drive science, technology, engineering and math achievement nationwide.  A nationally respected thought leader in STEM education and reform, Dr. Moss brings over 21 years experience in district leadership, classroom instruction and inquiry based learning to her work as a champion for STEM engagement and career & workforce readiness. 
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Dr. Johannes Strobel 

Director, Educational Outreach Programs 

Associate Professor, Engineering and Education at Texas A&M

Sponsored by ETA hand2mind

 After studying philosophy and information science at three universities in Germany, he received his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He worked at Concordia University, Montreal and has been the director of the Institute of P-12 Engineering Research and Learning at Purdue University. Read more

Business, Industry, and Education Partners

Cengage Learning
Center for Disease Control
CPO Science
Discovery Learning
Fernbank Museum
Georgia Aquarium
Georgia Bio-Bus
Georgia College and State University
Georgia Gwinnett College
Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth

Georgia Power
Georgia Public Broadcasting
Georgia Southern University
Georgia Tech
Georgia Transmission Corporation
Glencoe/McGraw Hill
iTeach Center @ Kennesaw State
Lab Aids
Learning Labs
LEGO Education
Life Labs

Lockheed Martin
Museum of Aviation
Pasco Scientific
Pearson Secondary Education
Pratt and Whitney
Quest Diagnostics
Sandy Springs Education Force
Technology Association of Georgia
Texas Instruments
University of Georgia
Valdosta State University