The Governor's Conference for STEM Education, to be held Nov. 15-16 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, is designed as a forum for educators and other stakeholders to collaborate on creating a blueprint for the advancement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in Virginia.

The keynote speaker will be Aneesh Chopra, who in August became the first chief technology officer of the United States. Chopra, formerly the secretary of technology for Virginia, is charged with using applied technology to help create jobs, reduce health care costs, improve national security, and increase access to broadband.

The keynote session on Nov. 15 will be followed by a reception at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center and an open house at the Roanoke Science Museum.

Speakers on Nov. 16 will include STEM education experts from the International Technology Education Association, National Center for Technological Literacy of the Museum of Science in Boston, University of Chicago School Mathematics Project, Science Museum of Virginia, Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, James Madison University, and the College of William and Mary.

Also addressing the conference will be Virginia’s Secretary of Education Tom Morris and the Virginia Tech administrators who initiated the event: John Dooley, vice president for Outreach and International Affairs; Sue Ott Rowlands, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; and Sue Magliaro, director of the School of Education.

In addition, the conference will feature a “marketplace of ideas,” showcasing successful STEM education programs at a variety of grade levels from throughout Virginia.

The general registration fee for the conference is $175; student registration is $95. The fees include all sessions and materials; the reception and open house on Nov. 15; and continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks on Nov. 16.

To register or for more information, visit the conference website, or contact Scott Weimer at (540) 231-7887.

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