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UPCOMING ITEEA STEMinars! Don't Miss These Professional Learning Opportunities!

February 17, 2020

ITEEA's specially designed professional development STEMinar series focuses on Technology and Engineering Education best practices for leading Integrative STEM Education (I-STEM Education) in your school.

This webinar series is FREE to ITEEA members. The fee for non-members is $45.

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February 25, 2020 at 4:00PM EST

Help Students Make Sense of Cybersecurity as a Field of Learning and Work

Presenter: Eric Iversen, VP for Learning and Communications, Start Engineering


The burgeoning field of cybersecurity offers exciting learning and career prospects for students of all backgrounds. At the same time, it challenges educators to align teaching and career guidance resources with new, always changing areas of field knowledge and employer needs. In this STEMinar, we will explore how to promote students’ interest and confidence about entering the field as well as approaches to cybersecurity education that can help prepare students to adapt and succeed in the field’s fluid learning and work environment.

Eric has worked in education for over 25 years, as a teacher, publisher, administrator, and evangelist.

At Start Engineering, he develops and produces learning content about educational and career pathways in STEM careers, with a focus on engineering and cybersecurity. Products delivered to market include field guidebooks, student workbooks, teacher’s guides, curricula, and an award-winning blog about STEM issues and trends. He is in charge of digital marketing, communications, and social media; he speaks publicly about STEM education topics at live events and on broadcast media; and he conducts independent and collaborative projects on STEM learning and career activities in formal and informal K-12 learning environments.

He has launched and led varied learning enterprises, both online and in-person. These programs have ranged from cross-platform, internet-based learning to classroom-style education and outreach activities. He has held senior leadership positions with extensive management and strategy responsibilities at non-profit organizations involved in education and technology fields. He also taught college-level English for seven years, including both literature and writing courses.




March 25, 2020 at 7:00PM EST

Makerspace Impact: A "How To" for Evaluating Makerspaces

Presenters: Bryanne Peterson and Phyllis Newbill


This Professional Learning STEMinar will explore Makerspaces in schools, including how and where to set them up, how to manage them, and how to evaluate their effectiveness. Evaluation need not be complicated, as evidenced by the sign-in log system we will share as an example.

Bryanne Peterson, Ph.D. is a Research Professor in the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on diversifying and increasing pathways to STEM careers. Dr. Peterson has previously built and run a middle school STEM lab and now is a methodology expert in the field of STEM education; she now runs the assessment and evaluation for Virginia Tech's Center for Educational Networks and Impacts.


Phyllis Newbill grew up in her family's small town rental store, which is arguably the original makerspace. It had tools, random materials, and available expertise. She studied theatre, geology, English, and engineering geosciences before getting her PhD in instructional design and technology. Her work includes supporting schools in their relationship with Virginia Tech, and supporting maker spaces in area schools. She worked with Giles County Public Schools to build and evaluate a makerspace in an elementary school library. She also directs the Virginia Tech Science Festival and serves as liaison between Virginia Tech and the Science Museum of Western Virginia.