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1st Wyoming STEM-CTE Summit 2012

February 9, 2012 at Casper College, Wyoming

The statewide Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Career Technical Education (CTE) Summit will showcase some of the best STEM and CTE programs underway in Wyoming’s schools and Colleges and to look to a future where all projections indicate both state and national unmet demand for well-prepared graduates in these fields. The time for an invigorated STEM initiative in Wyoming is here!

Event Logistics:

Thursday, February 9, 2012
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Roberts Commons, Casper College campus
Direct questions to Rollin Abernethy, Wyoming P-16 Education Council
Registration is closed.

Purposes of the Summit:

  1. Examine the potential Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and the STEM workforce could play in Wyoming’s economic future
  2. Explore the role of K-20 education in meeting the potential for STEM and CTE
  3. Evaluate the variety of STEM and CTE educational programs and supports currently offered across the state and share learning experiences with the education providers
  4. Begin to consider where and how STEM and CTE student learning expectations overlap
  5. Enlist the participants in furthering a statewide STEM initiative

Program at a Glance:

9:15 - 9:45

Welcome and overview of the program
State Superintendent Cindy Hill
Rollin Abernethy, Wyoming P-16 Education Council

Setting the Stage

9:45 - 10:30

Keynote 1: An Overview of Now and the Possibilities
STEM and CTE education is a key element in the national and Wyoming workforce and economy. Dr. Pandya will provide evidence for opportunities in computation, energy, environment, and other fields relevant to our state.
Dr. Raj Pandya, NCAR, Director of Science Education

10:45-11:15 STEM occupations in Wyoming, Now and in the Future
Tom Gallagher, Wyoming Workforce Services, Research and Planning
The Role for Education

Panel Presentation and Discussion- Some exemplars from current STEM and CTE programs, activities and initiatives in WY
Guy Jackson, Wyoming Dept. of Education, Supervisor for CTE
Kathy Milburn, Teton Co. Schools Mathematics Coordinator (PLTW, Robotics)
Darrin Peppard, Rock Springs High School, Principal (Energy Academy)
Bruce Metz, Rock Springs High School (Health Academy)
Don Roth, UW, School for Energy Resources Academic Director
Kathryn Boswell, Wyoming Land Trust, Dir. of Public Education and Outreach
Marlene Tignor, Vice President of Instruction, Laramie County Community College




Working Buffet Lunch   
Facilitated table discussion around two questions:

  1. What other exemplary STEM and/or CTE programs should be in our statewide database?
  2. What do we need to effectively or rapidly advance STEM and CTE education in Wyoming?
Facilitated by graduate students in science education programs


Keynote 2: Making STEM Education Real
The core academics of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics are essential components of today’s career technical education programs and the project based and application oriented learning experiences prevalent with CTE could be better integrated within the core STEM academics. More integration of the core STEM academics with “real world” experiences offers unrealized potential for increased numbers of students in college and career ready programs.  
Brad Stam , Vice President, ConnectED

Next Steps for Wyoming

Keynote 3: A Coordinated STEM/CTE Statewide Initiative
Many states are working to maximize resources, focus educational programs to strengthen outcomes, attract more students and meet future workforce needs, and better engage business and industry with education.  A perspective from another western state.
Tami Goetz, Science Advisor to the Governor of Utah


Panel - What might a Wyoming STEM and CTE initiative entail?
Jack Bedessem, President, TriHydro Corporation
Joan Evans, Director of Workforce Services
Jim Rose, Executive Director, Wyoming Community College Commission
Teri Wigert and Sheryl Lain, Wyoming Dept. of Education
James Bailey, Superintendent, Uinta Co. Dist. 1
Myron Allen, Provost, University of Wyoming
Mary Kay Hill, Governors Education Policy Advisor

  • What is STEM in Wyoming, what could it be?
  • What is the role of the K-12 Education System?
  • What greater role can/should postsecondary education play?
  • What do we need to better prepare students to enter this globally competitive arena, e.g., more opportunity for relevant experience, instructional support, Science and CTE standards revised, etc. etc.
  • Does Wyoming need more STEM and CTE teachers?
  • What do we need to encourage more Wyoming students to pursue.
4:30-5:00 Closing discussion and next steps

Thank you to the co-sponsors for the first Wyoming STEM and CTE Summit!

Wyoming P-16 Education Council - www.wp-16.org
Office of the Governor -
Wyoming Department of Workforce Services -
Casper College -
University of Wyoming -

Register for the summit here