2017 STEM Education Symposium

Please join us for a unique STEM event to commemorate Dr. Jhumki Basu’s 40th birthday, featuring exciting panelists, TED talks, performances and keynoters.

JHUMKI BASU (Ph.D. ’06), a pioneering science educator, passed away in 2008 at age 31, but her vision of democratic science teaching as a means to engage low-income minority youth grows more relevant with each passing year. Dr. Basu conducted studies for UNICEF of homeless children in Russia while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Stanford University; founded science and math programs for young teens in California and Gauteng Province of South Africa; and co-founded the School for Democracy & Leadership in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Dr. Basu served as Associate Professor of Science Education at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

EVENT SCHEDULE

9:30-10:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast & Registration

10:00-10:45 a.m. Panel 1: Using STEM to Promote Youth Citizenship to Prepare for the Global Economy

Co-Moderator: Felicia Moore Mensah, Associate Dean and Professor of Science Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Co-Moderator: Oren Pizmony-Levy, Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Ioana Literat, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, Teachers College, Columbia University
  Ellen Meier, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Practice & Director of the Center for Technology & School Change, Teachers College, Columbia University
‌‌ Yvonne Thevenot, M.Ed., Executive Director, STEM Kids NYC

10:45-11:00 a.m. Coffee Break

11:00-11:30 a.m. Spotlight Session: Inequality & Children's Brain Development

  Kim Noble, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Panel 2: Building Resilience by Learning from Failure in STEM Spaces

  Moderator: Christopher Emdin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Science Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
  Nathan Holbert, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design, Teachers College, Columbia University
  Xiaodong Lin, Ph.D., Professor of Cognitive Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University

12:30-12:45 p.m. Science Genius Performance

  SCIENCE GENIUS is an initiative focused on utilizing the power of hip-hop to engage urban youth who have been traditionally disengaged in science classrooms by meeting them on their cultural turf. The main activity involves students creating and performing science themed raps based on topics that are aligned to state science standards and curricula, and designed to meet both Common Core learning standards and criteria outlined in the current iteration of the Next Generation Science Standards.

12:45-1:15 p.m. Keynote

Jacqueline K. Faherty, Ph.D., Senior Scientist & Senior Education Manager, Department of Astrophysics, American Museum of Natural

1:15-3:00 p.m. Lunch with panelists, speakers, Sci-Ed Fellows Reunion