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Integrating STEM Competitions into your Middle School Gifted Program

Saturday, November 11
3:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Location: 212 A

Whether your gifted students are in a pull-out program, cluster groups, or a magnet school, you can offer them real-world, authentic, collaborative STEM learning opportunities with minimal planning. STEM competitions offer a complete package of curriculum, problems, rules, and activities; all you need is the students. In this session you get an introduction to two STEM competitions for grades 6-8, including attention to how to get started, how to facilitate in various classroom situations, and what I have learned over the years to make your life easier.

Ashley Y. Carpenter

Graduate Research Assistant
University of Connecticut

Ashley Carpenter is a doctoral candidate at the University of Connecticut. She is the mother of a twice-exceptional child and taught middle school science for 15 years. She has experience with Exceptional Student Education (ESE), drop–out prevention, and full-time gifted programs. She taught at the Center for Gifted Studies in Pinellas County, Florida for 6 years. She has her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marine Science from Eckerd College, her Master’s of Arts degree in Science Education from the University of South Florida, and is completing her Doctorate in Educational Psychology in the Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development department under Dr. Del Siegle. Her interests include underachievement of gifted adolescents and twice-exceptional students.


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