Ninety five people attended the CREATE for STEM Institute’s mini conference, CREATE-ing Vibrant Communities for STEM Education Research on Thursday afternoon February 20 in the MSU Union Ballroom, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Attendees included faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and other educational leaders. The mini conference presented 38 posters related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education research topics at K-12 and college levels. Susan Singer, Division Director of the National Science Foundation provided the keynote address, From Research to Action – Improving Undergraduate STEM Education.
The goal of the annual mini conference is to build stronger interdisciplinary collaborations at MSU between researchers and practitioners. The conference website is an important feature and is designed to encourage interaction before, during and after the event. Poster presenters uploaded their posters on the website and participants are able to contact other registrants by email and give feedback by adding comments to posters. The conference website remains available to promote continued networking among participants after the event: http://conference.create4stem.msu.edu/.