Elementary STEM Con 2020 – Special Guests

We wanted to share more about the special guests joining us for Elementary STEM Con 2020. There are some amazing authors, educators and specialists joining us to share some really great information with attendees! You can still register April 25th at noon EST, and you’ll have access to the sessions for the next year! It includes 28 training sessions, a private FB group for attendees, continuing education credit for NY, CA and WA teachers (for an additional transcript fee, see the links below for more information)!

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PDF with more information about the different sessions:


Special Guests

Andrea Beaty

OMG! We are thrilled to announce Andrea Beaty, author of amazing pictures you know & love (Ada Twist, Scientist and Rosie Revere, Engineer) will be joining us for an interview LIVE in the Elementary STEM CON 2020 Facebook group for all conference attendees!!!

Attendees will even have an opportunity to submit questions they’d like us to ask. Somehow ESC 2020 keeps getting better!


Melanie Flores

We are thrilled to announce another special guest, Melanie Flores! Have you seen her TEDx talk? I’ll link it for you if you haven’t.

If you’re reading this, we don’t need to tell you how important it is to inspire and prepare students for a future in STEM. But did you know that a STEM-based career can start even while you’re still just a kid? Join us for a live interview with Melanie Flores as she shares how she and her 14-year-old son Sebastian started OctoGifts, a card and keepsake company that landed him on the 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 25 under 25 list. Learn how a 5th grade friend, a love for LEGO and origami, and the Maker movement inspired Sebastian to launch his business! He enjoys speaking to other kids about how STEM has helped him with OctoGifts. And guess what, Sebastian may be joining us too!

Time & date: TBD, but the interview will take place on the Conference Facebook Group.

About Melanie: 

Melanie leverages what a mentor calls “an extremely rare combination – an MIT brain and a teacher’s heart” to create memorable experiences for others. She worked in industry for ten years and was on the startup team for Corning’s optical fiber manufacturing facility in the Charlotte, NC area. She loved training new engineers and watching them grow into strong problem solvers. After becoming a parent, Flores set forth on a new path to blend her technical background with her ability to connect with children. She was a classroom teacher for eight years, founding a kindergarten engineering design workshop that was the basis for her TEDx talk.  Before starting OctoGifts with Sebastian, Melanie led the STEM coaching team serving 24 Easter Seals classrooms across Atlanta. She and her family live in the Atlanta area. 

Jo Gick

Are you as obsessed with “Making It” on NBC as I am? I can’t wait for season 3. I have been hooked since season 1, and if you were too, you know our guest well! Jo Gick was a finalist and she’s coming to do a Q&A with us at STEM CON 2020! 


Donna Ratchford

Donna has coordinated her school’s Destination Imagination team and led them to the state level for four years running! Join us as we learn what running a team is like and what makes it worth the effort! 


Dr. Jeffrey Bennett

Dr. Bennett is the creator and author of the award-winning series “Science Adventures with Max the Dog,” which includes Max Goes to the Space Station, Max Goes to the Moon, Max Goes to Mars, and Max Goes to Jupiter; and of the Earth science focused book The Wizard Who Saved the World. These five children’s titles were selected by the Story Time From Space program as the first set of books to be launched to the International Space Station; launched in January 2014, they have been read by astronauts for children around the world. We couldn’t be more excited to hear Dr. Bennett’s live presentation on Bridging the Gap Between Literacy and Science.

Jennifer George

We couldn’t be more excited to have Jennifer George, Legacy Director of Rube Goldberg, Inc and granddaughter of Rube Goldberg, join us live for Elementary STEM CON 2020! She’ll share details about The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest and how to integrate lessons in elementary classrooms.  


Picture Perfect Science (Emily Morgan & Karen Ansberry)

We’re delighted to have Emily Morgan & Karen Ansberry from Picture-Perfect Science deliver a demo lesson of their Picture-Perfect STEM series. They’ll follow up their lesson with Q&A, so you’ll have a chance to get all your questions answered!


Dr. Christian Anderson

Dr. Anderson is an Associate Professor at Morgan State University and the Founder & Director, STEM Lab for Outstanding Professional development Experiences (S.L.O.P.E).

Join us April 24th at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) for his special presentation: 

“Necessity is the Mother of All Invention” – STEM Literacy in the Age of COVID

This session will discuss the challenges and opportunities for increasing STEM literacy for students who are economically and culturally diverse. By the end of the session, participants will have examined barriers to access to technology and STEM instruction; and shared successes and work-arounds to this complex problem. 


 Darlene Cavalier

We’re so excited to sit down for an interview with Darlene Cavalier, co-editor of “The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science,” author of “The Science of Cheerleading,”  and co-author of “The Field Guide to Citizen Science” (Timber Press, Jan 2020). Join us Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern (EDT)

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