Thursday, March 02, 2017

Saturday is the Online Global Student Conference - "STEM + Entrepreneurship" (plus we make our call for volunteers!)

This Saturday, March 4th (Sunday, March 5th, in parts of the world) is the 2017 STEM + Entrepreneurship Conference, this year's annual student-organized global conference, being held online and featuring student presenters and a student keynote speaker (with a couple of adult keynote speakers who shepherd youth projects thrown in for good measure)! Currently there are 26 student presentations from India, Singapore, Ukraine, Canada, Azerbaijan, New Zealand, Jordan, and the USA. Wow. All (including adults!) are welcome. Sign up at to attend.

Below You Will Find:
  • More information on the conference;
  • A full list of the current student sessions is below (with more still coming in!);
  • Information on the keynote speakers;
  • A call for volunteer session moderators.

The 2017 STEM + Entrepreneurship Conference provides an international forum for the presentation, discussion, and sharing of best practices in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and entrepreneurship in schools and other academic settings, including:
  • Fostering a better understanding of how STEM and entrepreneurship engage students, teachers, and administrators in a conversation about learning.
  • Assisting teachers and administrators in understanding how STEM and entrepreneurship impact learning both in and out of the classroom.
  • Strengthening the relationship between students, teachers, and administrators about STEM + entrepreneurship in the curriculum.

A Cross-Cultural Game Design Process Abroad by Sabeha Ahmed, Patience Boateng, Victor Salinas, and Christian Melendez
Grade: High School- Juniors and Seniors - Global Kids (New York, New York, USA)

AP Statistics Video Project - Body Image by Josephine Olivia Scherer and Erin Odegaard Orletsky
Grade: 12th - The Academy of Our Lady of Peace and Saint Augustine High Schools (San Diego, CA)

Applications of VR in Education - Enhancing Physics Simulations by Rishi Upadhyay
Grade: 11th - Monta Vista High School (California, USA)

Build Your Legacy Entrepreneurship Competition by Sarah Hohman and Ellianna Fry
Grade: 12th - North Penn-Mansfield Jr./Sr. High School-Southern Tioga School District (Pennsylvania, United States)

CLASS: Connected Learning Activities through Social Service by Abhijith K.S.
Grade: 9th - St. Albert's Higher Secondary School (India)

Connecting Science and Business: Integrating 3-D Printing into School Clubs and Encouraging Innovation by Sanjana Akula
Grade: 11th - Biotechnology High School (Freehold, New Jersey (United States))

Connecting Wechat and Education by Victoria Liu
Grade: 11th - OurEDU (California, USA)

Creating a video game which includes educational elements by Yaşar Baturalp Artar and Tunahan Sari
Grade: 10th - Nesibe Aydin Schools (Middle East, Europe and USA)

Finding and Using Great Open Source Media by Margaret "Laney" Blair
Grade: 11th - Harrison School for the Arts (USA)

Flies and Phenotypes: Our Genetics Lab Experience by Cheyenne Brooks and Eunice Daudu
Grade: 12th - Marymount School of New York (New York City, USA)

Focus on how to BE Social, not on how to DO Social.... by Simran Sehdev
Grade: XI - Kamla Nehru Public School (India)

Health Application using Sensors by Chloe Young with Aeron Young (8th Grade, Hwa Chong Institution)
Grade: 6th - Temasek Primary School (Republic of Singapore, Asia)

How high school students are already making a difference toward the detection of gravitational waves. by Valeria Ventura Subirachs
Grade: 9th - Freeport High School/ Pulsar search collaboratory (Freeport, NY)

How We Created Our School's First S.T.E.M. Week by Cheyenne Brooks and Kimora Kong
Grade: 12th - Marymount School of New York (New York City, USA)

Interactive presentations in learning by Darina Prokopenko and Anastasia Koroliuk
Grade: 9th - Kharkiv gymnasium 14 (Ukraine)

Iota Piscium - the app to safer household devices by Madhu Manivannan
Grade: 8th - University of Toronto Schools (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Kids Learning How to Code by Krish Mehra
Grade: 6th - Brady Middle School (Ohio, USA)

Multilingual Multicultural Multimedia: Globally Connected Mobile Learning Projects by Student Team
Grade: University - Baku American Center, New York Institute of Technology (Azerbaijan, USA)

Next Generation Sequencing of Urine Specimens: A Novel Platform for Genomic Analysis in Patients with Bladder Cancer by Caroline Lin
Grade: 12th - Marymount School of New York (New York City, USA)

Rapture: An Underwater Future by Jacob Langhoff
Grade: 12th - Monroe County Schools (Madisonville, Tennessee, USA)

Sharing the Robotics Love! by Hattie Compton-Moen
Grade: 9 (NZ Year 10) - St Margaret's College (New Zealand)

Solar Motor by Tammy Ng and Connie Lee
Grade: 11th - Marymount School of New York (Great Neck, NY and Forest Hills, NY)

The Future with Power and Confidence by Luma Juma’a and Dunia Basaleh
Grade: 11th - Innovation lab / The Clubhouse Network (Amman, Jordan)

TSA With The Willard Middle School by Bradley Cooper
Grade: 7th - Willard Middle School (USA)

Veggie World - from sustainability to enterpreneurship by Student Team
Grade: 6th - DPS, Bangalore South (India)

What's so great about being a Freelancer? by Shubam Verma and Simran Sehdev
Grade: 11th - Kamla Nehru Public School, Phagwara (India)


Coco Kaleel. "Making a Low-Temperature Differential Stirling Engine." Can the heat that rises from your morning coffee cup be harnessed? Can you imagine the possibilities of engines that use small temperature differentials like a bucket of ice or heat on the pavement? Could these engines help pump water in remote locations where fossil fuels aren’t readily available? What if you could make these engines inexpensively in your own garage? Coco Kaleel, a 9th grader from Los Angeles, will explore these questions and more in her discussion. Coco was honored to be a keynote speaker during last year’s conference with the topic “Making Makers: A Drill Press is a Girl’s Best Friend – A Boy’s, Too.” The Low-Temperature Differential Stirling Engine is a natural extension of that topic, putting to use the tools Coco discussed and demonstrating an actual project made with them. Coco Kaleel set out to make a Low-Temperature Differential Stirling Engine as her school science project. She will outline step-by-step instructions (photographs, too) for building one. She will also troubleshoot glitches in the making process for those interested in fabricating their own Stirling engines. This is a great project for demonstrating and learning about basic thermodynamics and for improving machining skills necessary for engineering careers. For students with access to maker spaces or innovation laboratories, Coco will outline the tools she used during each step of her making process including creating her own hot wire nichrome foam cutter and lathe dog in order to complete the project. Coco credits her inspiration to James R. Senft’s book “Introduction to Low-Temperature Differential Stirling Engines.”

Robert Hernandez (JOVRNALISM). Robert Hernandez, aka WebJournalist, has made a name for himself as a journalist of the Web, not just on the Web. He is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at USC Annenberg, but he’s not an academic… he’s more of a “hackademic” and specializes in “MacGyvering” Web journalism solutions. He connects dots and people. He has worked for,,, La Prensa Gráfica, among others. Hernandez is also the co-founder of #wjchat and co-creator of the Diversify Journalism Project. His most recent work includes Augmented Reality, Wearables/Google Glass and Virtual Reality — he and his students produce VR experiences under their brand: JOVRNALISM. Their work can be seen in The New York Times, NPR and in their own iOS/Android app. He is the recipient of SPJ’s 2015 Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award. He has made it to imgur’s front page more than once.

Evan Wesley (Thirst Project). Evan is the Director of student activation for Thirst Project. He spends his time traveling around the United States, speaking to middle school, high school, and college students about the global water crisis. In 3 years, Evan has spoken to over 75,000 students as a Keynote speaker, working and speaking to groups including United Nations, UNICEF, Student Council, Key Club International, KIWANIS, HOSA, WordLink Peace and Justice, and Millennium Campus Network.


As usual, for our "peer-to-peer" online conferences, we depend on great volunteer moderators to help our presenters in their sessions rooms. Those who are Blackboard Collaborate capable, we need you! Sign up at Thank You!

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