Science, Engineering, Technology and Math Symposium Attracts more than 100 Attendees

Posted on March 01, 2011 by The Patterson Foundation

The Patterson Foundation, in partnership with the Sarasota County School District and the Science and Environment Council of Sarasota County, together sponsored the third Cultural Connections with Students symposium on Feb. 23, 2011 in Sarasota.

The symposium, "Working together to create significant science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences for students," brought together approximately 129 middle-through high-school teachers, administrators and representatives of leading nonprofit organizations throughout the Sarasota area. 

The STEM thought leaders, nonprofits and area teachers and administrators began conversations on ways to create better collaborations and to incorporate STEM experiences in the schools. During the symposium, attendees were encouraged to share with one another their vision of what collaboration might look like, make individual and group collaborations and learn about each other's strengths.

Through round-robin-style sessions and brainstorming events, attendees shared their collaborations with their groups and many discussed ideas with the entire assembly during breaks. After collecting each group's thoughts on paper, the symposium partners will assemble and log the collective ideas to create findings.

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