STEMspiration is the first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) conference of its kind - a completely student-led event bringing together leaders, doers, makers and thinkers of the highest caliber. STEMspiration has been crafted by the USASEF Youth Advisors as an independent initiative to promote powerful ideas and collaboration in the STEM world.
Who is STEMspiration for, you might ask? Frankly, it is for anyone who cares deeply about the future of science in our society, and how we will encourage rising generations to fearlessly jump into the fray of innovation and discovery. Students, teachers, policy makers, non-profits, inventors, academics, and anyone else will find a place at STEMspiration. While the event will be taking place at McKinley Tech High in Washington D.C., it will be live-streamed for easy access to anyone who has access to the internet.
The STEMspiration Speakers:
Keynote by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Bill Drayton: Founder and CEO, Ashoka
Stephan Turnipseed: President Emeritus, LEGO Education
Adam Garry: Manager of Global Professional Learning, Dell
Joe Palca: Science correspondent, National Public Radio
Grace Young: Aquatic robot scientist, MIT
Jim Meeks: Board of Governors, Jefferson Awards
Steve Culbertson: CEO, Youth Service America
Kaya Henderson: Chancellor, Washington DC Public Schools
Jack Andraka: Winner of the International Science and Engineering Fair for work on a new detection tool for certain cancers, advocate for open access and pokemon master in the works.
Jonny Cohen: Inventor of Greenshield, Forbes 30 under 30 twice, Mechanical engineering student at Columbia, makes them busses work better.
Adora Svitak: Author at age 7, curator of TEDxRedmond, champion and advocate for world hunger, short-story connoisseur.
Omar Abudayyeh: Researcher, MD/PhD candidate at Harvard/MIT, entrepreneur and published scientist. He can see in cells what others cannot.
Sara Volz: Intel Science Talent Search grand winner, published researcher, created super-algae for alternative fuel from her bedroom, MIT student.
Param Jaggi: Founder of EcoViate to make green products widely effective and available, discovered effective algae bio-reactor at 14, looks pretty great in lab goggles.
Parker Liautaud: Explorer of the great Arctic and Antarctic, fighter for the environment, TIME magazine 30 under 30 list, he can get you to the North or South Pole, and he can get you home.
Erik Martin: Game Designer and education activist, works on games that help people and society, founder of The Edvengers Super Hero PAC, is a fire mage in his spare time.