Student STEM Symposium (S^3)

The NC STEM PBL Conference will run concurrently with the NC Student Stem Symposium (S^3).  The information for this outstanding student experience are below.  The description document is copied here also.  For more information, contact: Robin Marcus at the NCNSP:

S^3 overview:

3rd Annual NC S^3 tentative agenda: agenda draft 3_12_10.pdf

The NC Student STEM Symposium (S^3) is a day-long conference where teams of
high school students from STEM schools present projects from their yearlong work in
STEM. Students who undertake research projects understand the importance of
inquiry; they learn to pose relevant questions, formulate hypotheses, test those
hypotheses, and offer valid conclusions without settling for pre-ordained answers. S^3
provides an opportunity for STEM students to further refine their communication and
presentation skills with a less familiar yet friendly audience.

The 3rd Annual NC Student STEM Symposium will take place at the McKimmon
Center, on the campus of North Carolina State University on Thursday, April 22,
2010. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and the program will begin at 9:30 a.m. The
program will conclude at 3:00 p.m.

Each school may send up to three groups, with up to four students per group. Each
group will have 10 minutes to present. It is important to note, the symposium is not
an engineering competition; rather, it is for sharing learning from a STEM
perspective. Consequently, projects may reach across the full spectrum of students’
work and interests.

The intent of S^3 is to support STEM attributes by giving students a forum to share
their work. As such, it is more important to share the process than the final product.
We want students to share with each other the problems they encountered and how
they went about examining, designing, testing and generally coping with these

New this year, we have scheduled S^3 to coincide with the NC State Undergraduate
Research Symposium and with the 2nd Annual PBL Conference. In addition to
sharing their projects with one another, students will now also have the opportunity to
interact with undergraduate researchers. During this time, teachers will engage in
professional learning with others who are teaching through projects.

We look forward to your participation in the third year of the S^3!

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