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STEMup Best Practice Luncheon

STEMup Best Practice Luncheon

Pictured above: EBR middle school teachers and community mentors

January 15, 2016 Baton Rouge, LA - On Friday, January 15th, STEMup Baton Rouge held their Best Practice Luncheon at the Main EBR Public Library at Goodwood. The Best Practice Luncheon was held as a chance for mentors, teachers, and program sponsors to come together and discuss the work done in the Fall 2015 semester for the middle school STEM mentoring program. Mentor teams from TraceSecurity, CISCO, Our Lady of the Lake College, La-WIT, IBM, Sparkhound, Louisiana Technology Park, and Louisiana Economic Development were represented as well as eight EBR middle schools. In addition, the event also received sponsorship from IBM. 

The luncheon provided an opportunity to share program results, as well as a group discussion about what worked and what needed improvement in the program. There was even an opportunity to hear student voice with a screening of this video

This was a great opportunity to share what we all learned about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), and what we can do better this semester in teaching STEM skills to our students to prepare them for a better future. 

More photos below: 

STEMup Guiding Coalition

Patrick Cavell, Cisco Systems
Loretta Ovueraye, Baton Rouge Community College, STEM Division
Jessica Brouillette, Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance
Liz Smith, Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Ted Firnberg, Foundation East Baton Rouge School System
Beth O'Quinn, IBM-Baton Rouge
Kathy Traxler, LSU Center for Computation and Technology


Kim Fossey, STEMup Program Manager

Ted Firnberg, Foundation for EBR School System President 

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