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Friday, March 8 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Friday Lunch Keynote: Everyone is a Scientist: Sparking Curiosity Outside the Classroom

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The 2018 WSST Award Winners will be recognized before the Keynote address.

What set you on a path to becoming a scientist? What influences how you view the role of science in everyday life? In science education, we often talk about science training…how to DO science. (This is valuable work – without STEM professionals, our modern world wouldn’t exist!) Equally important, though, is encouraging youth to become scientists in the first place. Hear about some of the experiences that launched Wes’s journey to becoming a chemical engineer, including some of the turns that led him to embrace informal science engagement with the public. Along the way, you’ll learn about programs that provide opportunities for Wisconsin teachers and students to work alongside researchers. And no matter your background or location, you’ll learn of opportunities for anyone – adults and youth alike – to get involved in the Wisconsin Science Festival, a grass-roots event each fall that offers hundreds of science engagement activities throughout the state.

Friday’s Keynote will also feature a special guest, Dennis Schatz, who is a Senior Advisor at the Pacific Science Center and President-elect of NSTA. Dr. Schatz will share some thoughts on the current state of science education.


Wes Marner

Deputy Director, Wisconsin Science Festival
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Dennis Schatz

President, NSTA, NSTA
Dennis Schatz is Senior Fellow at the Institute of Learning Innovation, as well as Senior Advisor at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington. He is also President of the NSTA (National Science Teaching Association) board of directors. He led the initial development of the Portal... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm CST