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Optics and Photonics Technician Education Workshop

Description: Optics and photonics applications are rapidly transforming the way we work and live. Photonics, and its applications, involve the cutting-edge use of lasers, optics, fiber-optics and electro-optical devices. Photonics has many applications in manufacturing, medicine, aerospace, communications, security, solid-state lighting, and other high-tech fields. Thus, it represents a broad, commercially viable area in which American employers require a steady supply of well-qualified technicians. The demand for photonics technicians in the United States is great and that demand is growing faster than the pool of qualified candidates. Since most of the skills needed for photonics workers at the technician level are obtainable through AAS degree programs, community and technical colleges provide the optimum environment for significantly increasing the number of qualified personnel available to U.S. employers in technical fields. Two-year colleges must also partner with high schools to design photonics career pathways to lead students through well planned secondary course sequences and into articulated two-year postsecondary programs. The creation of this secondary-to postsecondary “pipeline” of students is critical to the success of producing enough qualified technicians to meet industry needs. In an effort to support and promote the inclusion of optics and photonics applications in secondary and postsecondary education, OP-TEC, the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education, offers a free two-day Workshop on Optics and Photonics Education. The workshop is free of charge. Space is limited and registration is required. Participants will be responsible for any travel, lodging or meals. Lunch will be provided both days of the workshop. Purpose of the Workshop: • To inform participants about career opportunities and the growing need for optics and photonics technicians and the secondary and postsecondary programs options to prepare them. • To explain the opportunities for participants to create new secondary-to-postsecondary programs in photonics and/or to infuse optics and photonics instruction into existing technical programs and courses in math, science and technologies enabled by photonics. • To inform participants of the OP-TEC curriculum materials and services available for planning and implementing photonics education at their institutions. Who Should Attend? • Community & Technical Colleges – learn how to create new AAS programs in photonics or to infuse photonics into existing technical programs • Secondary Science and Math Coordinators, Instructors, and Administrators – learn how to enhance existing science and math courses • CTE Directors – learn about adding dual-credit courses • Counselors – learn about career opportunities for your students • Industry/Workforce trainers – learn about available courses and materials Applications are accepted online or by email. For more information, to view the workshop flyer, or to register online, please visit http://www.op-tec.org/workshop, call 254-751-9000, or email op-tec@op-tec.org. Event Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday; 8:00 AM - early afternoon Friday Event Cost: The workshop is free of charge. Space is limited and registration is required. Participants are responsible for any travel, lodging, and some meals. Organization Info: OP-TEC National Center for Optics and Photonics Education www.op-tec.org/workshop

Start Date: Thursday, November 08, 2012

End Date: Friday, November 09, 2012

TimeZone: Eastern Standard Time (North America)

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OP-TEC National Center for Optics and Photonics Education

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National Educator's Workshop (NEW)

Description: The National Educator's Workshop (NEW) builds upon 26 years of annual workshops aimed at promoting science, engineering, and technology education. Each year the workshop has enhanced the quantity of useful information provided to the participants while maintaining quality and relevancy. The NEW series has provided over 7000 participants with the latest developments in material science and technology while offering strategies for improving teaching techniques. NEW participants have seen over 600 experiments and demonstrations presented live or on videotape and have been provided with supplemental notes for replicating the experiments. Peer review and publication of the experiments and demonstrations have provided the materials education community with current, valuable aids for teaching and research. Event Time: 3 Day Event-All Day Organization Info: Materials Education and Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast materialseducation.org/educators/new/

Start Date: Sunday, November 04, 2012

End Date: Tuesday, November 06, 2012

TimeZone: Eastern Standard Time (North America)

Presented by
Materials Education and Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast

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"Lead Her," a Day for Girls and the Women Who Love Them

Description: WIPL "Lead Her" Conference: Lead Her Consciously. Courageously. Uniquely.A Fun Day for Girls and the Women Who Love Them. November 3, 2012 in Coastal Carolina University's Wheelright Auditorium, Conway, SC. 8:45 am - 4:30 pm: girls $10 each; adults $15 each*; includes continental breakfast, box lunch and program.* To register groups of five or more, or for additional information, please call (843) 349-5033. Please note:* Your Registration is not considered complete until full payment is received. * If you require special assistance or accommodations, please contact Beth Stedman, (843) 349-2145. * Cancellations must be requested IN WRITING and may be emailed to wipl-adm@coastal.edu or faxed to (843) 349-2968 by October 20, 2012. A full refund, less $15 processing fee, will be provided for each cancelled ticket. No refunds can be made after October 20th. Registration transfers will be accepted; please provide the replacement's name in writing to wipl-adm@coastal.edu by October 29, 2012. * By registering for and attending this event, you agree to give your consent to the use and publication of photographic portraits, pictures, and/or video of you and your child. Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 8:45 AM Event Cost: $10; $15 Organization Info: Coastal Carolina University www.coastal.edu/women

Start Date: Saturday, November 03, 2012

End Date: Saturday, November 03, 2012

TimeZone: Eastern Standard Time (North America)

Presented by
Coastal Carolina University

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American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) 2012 Conference Anchorage, AK

Description: AISES National Conference provides a superior opportunity for institutional visibility and engagement. Among the many events and activities at National Conference are more than 50 learning sessions organized into “tracks” targeting the interests of our participants, the largest career fair in Indian Country, and unique sharing of traditional Native culture. Native people are adept at change. We are adapt-able. Certainly, traditional knowledge holds some keys to possible solutions to our global environmental threats. AISES invites you to embark on a vital shared discourse around these crucial topics:What is the role that our rich Native traditions and strong STEM talent can and must play in addressing “adapt-ability” issues?; Where do we need to exert our innovation, influence, and industry?; How can we leverage our formidable brain-trust – students, professionals, and educators – to gain a place at the table and help mitigate these 21st century global imperatives?; What convergence of politics and place can we, as Native people, help engender?; and What is the message and inspiration we can pass along to the next generation, who will be both living with the ramifications of today’s decisions and formulating tomorrow’s answers? Organization Info: American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) www.aises.org

Start Date: Thursday, November 01, 2012

End Date: Saturday, November 03, 2012

TimeZone: Eastern Standard Time (North America)

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American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

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CalGirlS Kick-Off Conference

Description: Connect, communicate, and collaborate California style at the CalGirlS Kick-Off conference as we launch our statewide initiative to increase girls' involvement in STEM. Participants will learn to collaborate, how to implement effective role modeling, gain access to mini-grants that help fund collaboration with other partners, and network, share promising practices, and resources. Program managers, guidance counselors, business partners, technical professionals, K-12 teachers, parents, representatives from professional organizations, and higher education are invited. It will be held on November 1, 2012, 10:00 AM-3:30 PM Pacific. Register: http://www.ngcproject.org/event/calgirls-kick-conference Organization Info: National Girls Collaborative Project www.ngcproject.org/event/calgirls-kick-conference

Start Date: Thursday, November 01, 2012

End Date: Thursday, November 01, 2012

TimeZone: Eastern Standard Time (North America)

Presented by
National Girls Collaborative Project

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From the Trenches: One Educator's Success Story of Increasing the Retention of Female Students in Her STEM Program

Description: Learn about one community college program in engineering technology in which the percentage of females retained went from zero percent in 2007 to 26% in 2012. Plus, more male students and minority students are receiving degrees and certificates as well! In this webinar you will learn: What female students need to hear from faculty to keep them on track to graduate.; The curriculum changes that will keep students engaged throughout the program.; How the layout of your lab may help or hinder the retention of female students. Presented by: Antigone Sharris, Full-time Faculty and Program Coordinator, Engineering Technology Program, Triton College Hosted by: Donna Milgram, Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science (IWITTS). Join us on Thursday, November 1 at 11:30 am PT / 2:30 pm ET for the free webinar. Space is limited, don't miss out! ************************************** Find out more about the webinar http://www.iwitts.org/retentionwebinar Event Time: 11:30 am PT / 2:30 pm ET Event Cost: Free Organization Info: Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science (IWITTS) www.iwitts.org/retentionwebinar

Start Date: Thursday, November 01, 2012

End Date: Thursday, November 01, 2012

TimeZone: Eastern Standard Time (North America)

Presented by
Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science (IWITTS)

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Retention Success Story Webinar

Description: From the Trenches: One Educator's Success Story of Increasing the Retention of Female Students in Her STEM Program ************************************** Sign Up! http://www.iwitts.org/retentionwebinar ************************************** Thursday, November 1 2012, 2:30 pm ET/ 1:30pm CT/12:30 pm MT/ 11:30 am PT Learn about one community college program in engineering technology in which the percentage of females retained went from zero percent in 2007 to 26% in 2012. Plus, more male students and minority students are receiving degrees and certificates as well! In this webinar you will learn: * What female students need to hear from faculty to keep them on track to graduate. * The curriculum changes that will keep students engaged throughout the program. * How the layout of your lab may help or hinder the retention of female students. Presented by: Antigone Sharris, Full-time Faculty and Program Coordinator, Engineering Technology Program, Triton College Hosted by: Donna Milgram, Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science (IWITTS) Join us on Thursday, November 1 at 11:30 am PT / 2:30 pm ET for the free webinar. Space is limited, don't miss out! ************************************** Find out more about the webinar http://www.iwitts.org/retentionwebinar Event Time: 11:30 am PT / 2:30 pm ET Event Cost: FREE Organization Info: IWITTS www.iwitts.org/retentionwebinar

Start Date: Thursday, November 01, 2012

End Date: Thursday, November 01, 2012

TimeZone: Eastern Standard Time (North America)

Presented by
IWITTS

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PA STEM GCP Fall 2012 Collaboration Forum

Description: Are you interested in collaborating with others to better serve and prepare girls for STEM related careers? Are you interested in receiving a mini-grant to help fund collaboration with another program? Would you like the opportunity to share or receive promising practices and resources with others? Then, plan to attend the PA STEM Girls Collaborative Project's Fall 2012 Collaboration Forum on Friday, October 26, 2012 - 9:00am - 3:00pm. The Collaboration Forum brings together organizations and individuals that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to encourage collaboration and improve inter-program communication. Event Time: Friday, October 26, 2012 - 9:00am - 3:00pm Organization Info: National Girls Collaborative Project www.ngcproject.org

Start Date: Friday, October 26, 2012

End Date: Friday, October 26, 2012

TimeZone: Eastern Standard Time (North America)

Presented by
National Girls Collaborative Project

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2012 STEMtech Conference

Description: The STEMtech conference is an international convening that emphasizes increasing student success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at all levels. Over 400 sessions focus on improving STEM education, better aligning educational systems with each other and local workforce needs, and technology's role in the teaching and learning processes. Faculty members, administrators, government officials, community and business/industry representatives, and others involved in STEM education and information technology are invited to explore research, best practices, and other ideas with their colleagues from around the world. Highlighted for the 2012 STEMtech conference are sessions about implementing STEM education in a manner that reflects the interdependence of STEM subjects, as well as sessions about partnerships involving school districts, community colleges, four-year institutions, and business and industry to provide a comprehensive community-based approach to STEM education. Sessions at the 2012 STEMtech conference are presented in the following tracks: •Health and Science •Energy, Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability •Mathematics, Engineering, and Architecture •Manufacturing, Industry, Agriculture, and Aerospace •Technology, Multimedia, and Telecommunications •Recruiting, Retaining, and Transitioning Students Into STEM Programs • The Integration of STEM and the Liberal Arts •Technology Systems and Applications •E-Learning Resources Organization Info: League for Innovation www.league.org/stemtech/

Start Date: Sunday, October 28, 2012

End Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2012

TimeZone: Eastern Standard Time (North America)

Presented by
league for innovation

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Boosting Girls' Interest in STEM: Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative Project Kick-Off Conference with PBS' Design Squad

Description: The newly formed Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Girls Collaborative Project (LaSTEM GCP), offers the chance for all those committed to informing, motivating and inspiring girls in the state of Louisiana to pursue careers in STEM to come together to share exemplary practices, develop new collaborations, and share resources. The economic future of Louisiana is tied to increased participation of all students in careers that rely on STEM skills and competencies. All informal educators, afterschool providers, school administrators, engineers, technical professionals, business partners, members of professional organizations, K-12 educators, and university staff are encouraged to join us! In addition, the LaSTEM GCP and the Emmy award-winning PBS’ Design Squad Nation will host a hands-on breakout session to discuss how together we can boost girls’ interest in engineering using multimedia resources and activities from PBS’ Design Squad Nation. When participants leave the training, they will have a clear sense of purpose and several collaborative opportunities penciled into their calendar – and the resources to inspire girls’ interest! Checks can be mailed to: Attn: Lou Papai, Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center, 820 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, LA 71101. Travel scholarships are available to a limited number of participants. Contact Lou Papai at lpapai@sciport.org for more information. Limited number of hotel rooms available for out of town participants. Contact The Cook Hotel, (225) 383-2665. Cost: $99/night/includes breakfast. Deadline: 10-5-12. Please mention Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative Project when making your reservation. Parking details, maps, and other information included as attachments below. Event Time: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 9:00am - 4:00pm Organization Info: Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative Project www.ngcproject.org/boosting-girls-interest-stem-louisiana-stem

Start Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012

End Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012

TimeZone: Eastern Standard Time (North America)

Presented by
Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative Project

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