Changing the Story
The 6th International STEM in Education Conference
Hosted Virtually by the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada
July 5-9, 2021, Daily from 21:00 GMT to 01:30 GMT
Report from STEM 2021 Co-Chairs | Dr. David Anderson and Dr. Marina Milner-Bolotin
On July 5-9, 2021, UBC Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy hosted the 6th International STEM in Education 2021 Virtual Conference
The conference attracted almost 400 delegates from 27 countries around the world and had more than 150 presentations and world-class keynote speakers. This was the first ever virtual international conference hosted by the Department and it was a resounding success.
We would like to thank Professor Nashon, as well as the local Conference organizing committee (comprising Professor Stephen Petrina, Professor Sandra Scott, Dr. Jillian Code, and Professor Cynthia Nicol) for their support with the conference organization. We also would like to acknowledge Kirsty Robbins for her support in creating visually appealing logos, presentations and the conference website design. An event of such a scale would not have happened if not for the volunteers and sponsors. We would like to extend our appreciation to EDCP PhD students Rodrigo Santos and Lindsey Snyder for their exemplary work and monumental efforts in making the program work. We also had more than 20 student volunteers who showed exceptional leadership skills during the event. Among them were secondary students from the University Transition Program. The lead volunteer Kelly Davila was able to support the conference in an exceptional way. Finally, the UBC Conference and Accommodation staff, Sonia Serrambana and her colleagues including Dave were instrumental in supporting the technical side of the conference, which we all appreciate very much. For more information and the conference schedule, please check our web site: https://stem2021.ubc.ca/ .
STEM 2021 Co-Chairs
David Anderson and Marina Milner-Bolotin
The 6th International Conference of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM2021) in Education is a unique opportunity for educators and researchers from schools, universities, colleges, museums and cultural institutions, businesses, industries and other private and public agencies around the world to share and discuss their innovative practices, research initiatives, and educational tools that advance STEM education.
Changing the Story is the STEM 2021 conference theme. With the world facing numerous significant challenges – the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, ecosystem degradation, transformation of future job markets, disease and drug management, population displacement – there is now more than ever a need for STEM educators to contribute solutions to complex problems facing the world. The 2021 conference theme provides opportunities to highlight and examine STEM Education that complements common themes of improving academic performance and/or encouraging students to pursue STEM-related fields and careers. The theme highlights STEM Education research that breaks new ground and offers new directions for innovative research, research methodologies, and teaching approaches. Changing the Story, as a theme, provides opportunities to examine STEM stories yet to be told, partially hidden, and not yet conceived. Research in STEM Education has the potential to transform lives, re-imagine education, and respond to some of the world’s most complex issues at local and global levels. We encourage and welcome you to share your stories by being part of STEM 2021: Changing the Story.
- New: STEM education in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic
- New: Transformation to online STEM education
- Empirical research in STEM education
- Approaches and methodologies for STEM education research
- Innovative pedagogies and curricula in STEM education
- Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary STEM education
- STEM and STEA(art)M education
- STEM education and social issues
- STEM education and the environment
- STEM education and industry partnerships
- STEM Teacher Education and professional development
- STEM education in informal contexts.
Aims and Objectives
The conference will create opportunities for:
- Information and knowledge sharing through paper/poster presentations, symposia, workshops, and innovative showcases;
- Modelling effective pedagogical practices while enhancing content knowledge;
- Sharing research initiatives and outcomes;
- Professional development for educators in a range of educational contexts; and
- Networking between participants.