Last week, we had the pleasure of attending the NSTA STEM Forum & Expo in NewOrleans. STEM is more than just the buzzword of the moment and this conference is a unique opportunity for educators and exhibitors to get together to have a conversation about the implementation of STEM in our schools. (For those living on a deserted tropical island for the past few years, “STEM” stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Dr. Danielle Snowflack presented “Linking STEM to Agarose Gel Electrophoresis,” a new Edvotek kit that hits on all four central themes of STEM. Our 30 attendees worked in small groups, pipetting their own gels and then watching the dyes run in real time. We had such
great feedback that we’re already looking forward to presenting additional workshops at STEM in Minneapolis next year! If you were unable to join us for the workshop, you can find the PowerPoint presentation on our Resources page at www.edvotek.com/Quick-Guides.
However, since this was New Orleans and all, there was a lot of fun to be had outside of the convention center. Bourbon Orleans, our haunted hotel in the French Quarter, was actually a primary stop on many of the city’s nighttime ghost walks (and we swear there was a ghost living in our bathroom ceiling fan). There were beignets at Café du Monde, Hurricanes at Pat O’Briens, and of course a lot of gumbo, jambalaya, and the Best.Dinner.Ever. at Commander’s Palace!
All in all, we had a wonderful time in this welcoming city and as always, interacting with our wonderful teachers. Wishing everyone a happy Memorial Day and a successful end to the 2013-2014 school year. We look forward to seeing everyone at the NSTA, CAST, and NABT conferences this Fall!