Join us: Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17, 2021

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Saturday, April 17

10:00am CDT

Making SA Smart: Using San Antonio's Challenges to Make 21st Century Students
SA Smart--The Mayor's K-12 Smart City Challenge (www.sa-smart.org)--develops 21st Century students by first preparing them and then cutting them loose to address the big challenges of our city. Since 2018, 550 7th to 12th grade students have researched and pitched ideas to solve challenges in transportation, sustainability, and digital inclusion. In the process, they learn STEM topics, civics, research methods, teamwork, and how to construct a compelling and evidence-based narrative. They're supported by subject matter experts, entrepreneurship trainers, their teachers, and the staff members of our partner organizations. Some of these students will get on career paths to high-wage jobs, and some will be future leaders of our city. Join us to learn about the program and hear perspectives from staff, teachers and student participants.
Careers, Entrepreneurship, 7-12

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Dr. Cliff Zintgraff

Chief Learning Officer, SAMSAT -- San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology
Our presentation: https://esc-20.zoom.us/j/85871398297 Executive, researcher, practitioner in inquiry learning. STEM education, entrepreneurship, regional development.  Connect with me on LinkedIn!
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Tracy Thomas

Principles of Applied Engineering teacher, NEISD-Krueger School of Applied Technologies
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Natasha Wilkerson

STEM Director, Communities In Schools of San Antonio
Natasha founded the CIS-SA STEM Department to fill a need for quality STEM programming for at-risk youth in San Antonio. She developed and manages Space Club, a year-long STEM program led by a team of engineers that culminates in a rigorous space colony design challenge. Since 2014... Read More →

Tracy Jordan

Engineering Design Teacher, Northside ISD
I am an Engineering Design Teacher at the John Jay High School Science & Engineering Academy in the Northside Independent School District. I have sponsored the SA Mayor's K-12 SMART City Challenge since its inception. My teams have placed each year in the challenge. I am the sponsor... Read More →

Saturday April 17, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CDT

11:00am CDT

Driving Student Success Through Authentic Learning
The mission of CAST is to reinvent schooling by maximizing relationships in order prepare every student for college, career and life. Learning at CAST has always extended beyond the four walls of the classroom. By leveraging the CAST pillars of youth voice, relationships, authentic learning and equity, educators and students were better prepared to effectively pivot to distance learning, and have adapted their cross-curricular projects to meet the virtual, and hybrid setting. Jeanne Russell, Executive Director for the CAST Schools Network, and Mr. Giovanni Neri, Biology Teacher at CAST Med High School, highlight the effectiveness of authentic learning experiences, and a project, "Contagion" that is responsive to the pandemic conditions.
Biology, Careers, Pedagogy, 6-12


Jeanne Russell

Executive Director, Centers for Applied Science & Technology (CAST)
Our nonprofit, San Antonio-based network of public, partnership schools works in tandem with industry to co-create relevant student pathways and student experiences.

Saturday April 17, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CDT