Although local organizers had just three weeks to put together a regional STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) conference, more than 200 attended on Wednesday at the Quaker Square Conference Center. Here's my story in today's Akron Beacon Journal. Big shot guests included Akron mayor Don Plusquellic, Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut and National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee, Jim West. All preached the gospel of STEM to the choir, but the most persuasive speakers I heard during the half-day conference were two students from the new National Inventors Hall of Fame middle school. Here's an edited version of their comments:
Beacon Journal video by John Higgins
Here are some links to archived streaming video of the STEM conference and other STEM resources.