Shine On! 2021 Conference

Shine On! recently participated in an educational downlink with NASA, where nearly 6,500 students from across New York State were able to video chat in real-time with astronauts aboard the International Space Station!

 

This incredible opportunity was included with Shine On!'s 2021 STEM-themed virtual conference: Look to the Stars #CharacterCountdown. With the help of Beekmantown Central School, some amazing local sponsors, and almost 30 incredible presenters from across the country, students in K-8 classrooms were able to build an interest in STEM by participating in a variety of age-appropriate workshops for a full day of character building and learning. 

OSM_4137.JPEG
OSM_4101.JPEG

 

Workshops were presented by students, educators, and STEM professionals from near and far, each talking about how the KIPP character strengths (grit, optimism, curiosity, self-control, social intelligence, gratitude and zest) are necessary for problem-solving in space and success in STEM industries.

 

 

In addition to the conference, participating classrooms were provided with a three week pre-conference curriculum specially designed to allow students to arrive at the conference with the background knowledge necessary to get the most out of the activities. Schools were also provided with a post-conference resource kit full to the brim of information on how to keep fostering students' interest in STEM. 

 

DSCF9222.JPG
OSM_4085.JPEG
DSCF9071.JPG