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21st Century STEM: Integrate to Innovate, National STEM Conference 2016
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A STEM Conference Designed by Teachers for Teachers 



Friday January 22 and Saturday January 23, 2016


Pre-Conference Field Trip Day for STEM in ACTION Thursday January 21st


Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix Arizona


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STEM Teachers, Leaders and Industry Representatives!


Join us for a unique, fully immersed National STEM Conference that hosts sessions from teachers in STEM with a true focus on integration and innovation!


Concurrent Sessions:

One and two hour sessions focused on:

  • Integrating & Innovating STEM across the Curriculum: How to connect STEM practices to core curriculum content and instruction
  • Making the Case for STEM: How to implement a STEM approach and ensure effectiveness
  • STEM Pipeline: Preparing the Workforce for Tomorrow: The importance of preparing students for STEM professions
  • STEM Student Showcase: STEM in action – showcasing of effective projects/ programs

Inspiring Keynotes:   


Our nationally acclaimed key speakers offer attendees an opportunity to hear from the top minds and practitioners in the field of STEM, business, and industry.


Elizabeth Holmes, CEO and founder of Theranos                  

Elizabeth A. Holmes founded Theranos in 2003 with the mission of making actionable health information accessible to people everywhere at the time it matters, enabling early detection and intervention of disease, and empowering individuals with information to live the lives they want to live. 

With Theranos, Elizabeth is revolutionizing the traditional diagnostic industry with an innovative new way of testing, which historically has been a source of pain and expense for individuals in the healthcare process. With approximately 70% of clinical decisions based off of laboratory information, Elizabeth focused her vision on empowering individuals and physicians to engage with this information early and often, with the dream that one day, fewer people will have to say goodbye too soon. 

Theranos' breakthrough advancements have made it possible to quickly process the full range of laboratory tests from a few drops of blood—instead of numerous tubes—and at unprecedented low costs, and are now directly accessible to people and their physicians through Theranos Wellness Centers opening nationwide. 

As a leader in Women in STEM business ventures, Elizabeth led the passing of the first law in our nation's history to give individuals the explicit right to direct access laboratory testing. The law was based on a draft she wrote, empowering 7 million Arizonans, facilitating engagement with and protection of physicians, and creating a model for other states across the country to shift toward preventive care, individual empowerment and price transparency. Elizabeth Holmes is the recipient of the 2015 Horatio Alger award and spoke recently at the 2015 Global Leadership Conference.

Hadi Partovi, CEO and Founder of

Hadi is an entrepreneur and investor, and also co-founder of education non-profit As an entrepreneur, he was on the founding teams of Tellme and iLike. As an angel investor and startup advisor, Hadi’s portfolio includes Facebook, Dropbox, airbnb, Zappos, OPOWER, IndieGogo, Bluekai, and many others.

A graduate of Harvard University, Hadi began his career during the browser wars in the 1990s, when he was Microsoft’s Group Program Manager for Internet Explorer. After the release of IE 5.0, Hadi co-founded Tellme Networks. Tellme was acquired by Microsoft for a reported $800 million. Hadi ran the MSN portal for its only year of profit, where he delivered 30% annual growth and incubated

After leaving Microsoft a second time, Hadi co-founded iLike with twin brother Ali Partovi, and together they built the leading music application on the Facebook platform. in 2009, iLike was acquired by MySpace where both Partovis worked as Senior Vice Presidents. Hadi is a strategic advisor to numerous startups including Facebook, Dropbox, OPOWER, and Bluekai, and serves on the board of TASER International. He is also an active angel investor with a wide range of investments.

Jaime Casap, Google Chief Education Evangelist

 Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of creating powerful learning models. Jaime works with educational organizations around the world, helping them find ways to continuously improve the quality of education by utilizing and enabling technology capabilities. Jaime is a member of the Google for Education Team and works across other Google teams, including, Google Fiber, the Google Policy Team, the YouTube Team, and the Google Capital Team. 

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Science Foundation, New Global Citizens, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on education and access, including South by Southwest EDU (SXSWedu,) the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and is on the GSV Advisors Advisory Board. Jaime is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes and guest lectures. 

Jo Anne Vasquez, Ph.D.  Author of STEM Lesson Essentials

Dr. Vasquez brings many years of experience in K-12 education. She has been a classroom teacher and district science specialist for Mesa Public Schools, an adjunct professor of science education at Arizona State University and most recently was the Director of Professional Development and Outreach for ASU's Center for Research on Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (CRESMET). 

She is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology, a Master's in Early Childhood Education and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Vasquez has been the only K-12 educator appointed to the National Science Board, the governing board of the National Science Foundation. She is a Past President of the National Science Teachers Association, National Science Education Leadership Association, Arizona Science Teachers Association, and the International Council of Science Education.

Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, National Science Foundation

Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy is assistant director for the Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), a position she has held since February 2011. She serves as a member of the NSF senior management team and is involved in strategic planning and leadership for the scientific and education mission of NSF. Prior to her appointment as assistant director, she had served the foundation in a number of management capacities since 2007.

In connection with her agency-wide responsibilities, Ferrini-Mundy serves as NSF's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce development goal leader for the Office of Management and Budget's Priority Goal Initiative. From 2007 through January 2010, she was a member of the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Subcommittee on Education and currently serves on two task forces of the NSTC Committee on STEM Education. She is currently a member of the Mathematics Expert Group of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), commissioned by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and from 2007-2008, representing NSF, she served as an ex officio member of the president's National Mathematics Advisory Panel, and co-chaired its Instructional Practices Task Group.

Ferrini-Mundy holds an appointment at Michigan State University as a university distinguished professor of mathematics education in the departments of mathematics and teacher education. Her research interests include calculus teaching and learning, mathematics teacher learning and mathematics and science education policy at the K-12 level. Ferrini-Mundy holds a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of New Hampshire.

This event is presented by Science Foundation Arizona and the Arizona STEM Collaborative comprised of:

The Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA), Arizona Association of the Teachers of Mathematics (AATM) and the Arizona Technology in Education Association (AzTEA).


This event is Supported by the Helios Foundation  


Private donations fund our operating budget, education and research efforts.

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