For Parents: How to Guide Today’s Students Toward Tomorrow’s STEM Workforce
What do we hope for today’s youth?
… feel valuable in their world?
… love learning when they get to school?
… find ways to overcome life’s hurdles?
… work hard to meet goals in their life?
… find a rewarding and lucrative career?
… live fulfilled as they provide a benefit to their world?
In this session we will talk about how to create experiences that ignite the spark to pursue future careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). We will explore links between today’s STEM professionals and the real problems they work to solve every day. My goal is to help today’s students discover if they may have one of the 8 “STEM types” beginning in the early learner years. I look forward to sharing how I create lessons and activities that provide hands-on skill development and model work habits that bring enriching and meaningful lives. Join me for an enlightening discussion that includes the latest statistics on rewarding and valuable futures found in STEM careers.
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Diana Palma is the Founder and President of Be4STEM, Inc. Her professional career led her to create Be4STEM after 15 years working at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Diana retired as Assistant Director of Business Operations for the Nanotechnology Research Center (NRC) in the Institute of Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN) at Georgia Tech.
She created and successfully implemented Dr. James D. Meindl’s Legacy Program “Teachable Moments for the Workforce of the Future” which inspired her development of the Be4STEM Character Crew. Throughout her career she worked with organizations to motivate K-12 students to choose STEM careers. The benefits of this life long path in STEM education are the direct output of Diana’s first unit of curriculum called Tiny Science for Kindergarten through 2nd grade levels released in 2017.
Diana holds a Masters of Science degree in Management of Technology from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelors of Science degree in Child Development and Nutrition from Florida State University.