PLTW Nebraska State Conference

PLTW 2017 Nebraska Conference

Sally Wei
Affiliate Director, Project Lead The Way
Director of K-12 Engineering Education & Outreach 
(402) 472-2670

STEMulate Nebraska: Nebraska PLTW State Conference. February 27, 2017

Nebraska PLTW State Conference
Monday, February 27, 2017  / 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Nebraska Innovation Campus
2021 Transformation Dr., Lincoln, NE 68508

Fees: $50 for general and $25 for students

Lodging: $91 for Embassy Suites (make reservation by Feb 6, 2017):
Click here to reserve a room

The schedule will include:
  • Conference Schedule
  • 16 or more breakout sessions on general PLTW information, teacher development, partnerships and industry connections, and more
  • Tours of Nebraska Innovation Campus 

Featured speakers:

Dave Dimmet David Dimmett
Senior VP and Chief Engagement Officer, PLTW

David leads PLTW’s network of regional vice presidents, directors of school engagement, and the PLTW Solution Center to provide exceptional support and service to PLTW schools and educators across the United States. He passionately supports program quality and growth, as well as coordinates key partnerships and education initiatives to meet the needs of students, educators, schools, and communities.

Carmen Zafft Dr. Carmen Zafft
Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
"What is the Complete Engineer?"

Carmen Zafft is an Assistant Professor of Practice for the College of Engineering. She teaches courses in engineering leadership that meet the demands of the engineering industry for engineering majors. Her research interests include leadership development, scholarship of teaching and learning, engineering education, and leadership and racial identity. Dr. Zafft will be speaking on “What is the Complete Engineer?”

Who will attend:
  • Teachers/ Educators
  • Counselors
  • Administrators
  • Industry representatives
  • School district representatives looking for strategies to enhance their current STEM curriculum
  • Government officials concerned with K-12 STEM education
  • University professors and staff
  • Students


Time Session
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Check-in and Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks:
Sally Wei
David Jones, Associate Dean of Engineering
Robin Schott, PLTW VP, West Central Region

Opening General Session Speakers:
Dr. Carmen Zafft, Assistant Professor, UNL, "What is the Complete Engineer?"
Mr. David Dimmett, Senior VP and Chief Engagement Officer, PLTW
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 - 11:00 a.m. Session 1

Banquet Hall
PLTW: An Engaging STEM Program of Study - An Overview (Robin Schott)

Room A2
The Power of Partnership Teams / Engaging Industry in Your Program (Jan Christensen)

Room A3
PLTW Biomedical Sciences (BMS): What's is all about? (Denise McNeel)

Room B1
POE and Robotics: Using RobotC for Arduino and VEX Motors & Sensors (Steve Hamersky)

Room B2
PLTW Gateway: Medical Detectives and Green Architecture (Stefanie Conley & James Mayberger)

11:05 - 11:50 a.m. Session 2

Banquet Hall
PLTW Launch (K-5): A Hands-On STEM Treasure (Deb Korell)

Room A2
The Importance of Integrating Engineering Into the STEM classroom (Ashu Guru)

Room A3
Getting Started with PLTW: Administrator - Teacher Panel (Eric Knoll, moderator)

Room B1
PLTW Computer Science Pathway Overview (Matt Stansberry & David Hosick)

Room B2
Inventor and VEX, A Cross Curricular Approach (Cory Free) - (Bring laptops!)

11:50 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. Lunch and networking
12:40 - 1:25 p.m. Session 3

Banquet Hall
PLTW Engineering and EDD (John Vinchattle & Omaha North students)

Room A1
Building Collaborative Bridges to Engage Learners with Wearable Technology (Dagen Valentine)

Room A2
PLTW Gateway Offering at the Middle School Level (Sarah Castanos)

Room A3
Industry Panel: A Look into the Future of Technology and STEM needs (Tim Wei, moderator)

1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Session 4

Banquet Hall
Connecting to STEM Identity and Careers (Saundra Frerichs & Melissa Fenton)

Room A1
PLTW LMS Bells and Whistles (Nick Friedrichsen & Matt Stansberry)

Room A2
3-dimensional teaching: Integrating Content, Scientific and Engineering Practices, and Cross-Cutting Concepts (Rich Powers)

Room A3
PLTW Alumni Panel (Terry Ausman, moderator)

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Break
2:35 - 2:55 p.m. PLTW Panel Q&A, door prizes
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Tours of Nebraska Innovation Campus and Nebraska Innovation Studio
Exhibiters and Student Poster session throughout the day

Innovation Campus Map

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Map of Innovation Campus, including where to enter and park for this event