Deb Hall Featured in STEM For All Video Showcase

Thursday, May 14, 2020

A Message from Falecia Williams, President, West and Downtown Campuses

Congratulations to Deb Hall, Energy Management and Controls Technology program chair and professor, electronic engineering, who was featured in the 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase, funded by the National Science Foundation. The event, held online from Tuesday, May – Tuesday, May 12, 2020, featured short videos of more than 171 projects aimed at improving STEM teaching and learning that have been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal agencies. During the weeklong event, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and members of the public were invited to view the short videos, discuss them with the presenters online and vote for their favorites.

Deb’s presentation, titled “Controls Tech Barbie and her Smart Barbie Grand Hotel,” showcased this innovative STEM outreach idea, funded by the NSF Advanced Technological Education grant in action. To view Deb’s video, click here.

“We decided to highlight our Controls Tech Barbie K-12 STEM-related female student outreach work via the STEM for All Video Showcase because we wanted to share our most successful female student STEM outreach strategy thus far,” shared Deb. “The neatest part of our outreach experiences has been when a student’s eyes light up as she first realizes that she made something work in the Barbie hotel that she just programmed … those students gain immediate insight into what controls technicians get to experience every day. Before Controls Tech Barbie, we were lucky if even one girl stopped by our outreach table to experience that same powerful learning moment or to even briefly consider the possibility of another career path full of opportunities to better herself, her family and her world.”

The theme for this year’s event was “Learning from Research and Practice.” Video presentations addressed improving the K-12 STEM classroom, informal environments, undergraduate and graduate education, teacher professional development, and community engagement. Collectively, the presentations covered a broad range of topics including science, mathematics, computer science, engineering, cyberlearning, citizen science, maker spaces, broadening participation, research experiences, mentoring, professional development, Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core.

The Showcase this year was very successful with more than 56,500 visitors from over 140 countries interacting with the site. There were more than 6,000 discussion posts related to the 171 presentations. The discussions were remarkable for the quantity of exchanges that took place, but even more so for the quality and thoughtfulness of the posts that were exchanged with many different constituencies.

The videos and related discourse will remain available on the 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase site. In addition, Valencia’s presentation will be added within the next week to the STEM for All Multiplex. You can all continue discussions on the Multiplex.

Last year’s STEM for All Video Showcase is still being accessed, and to date has had more than 76,000 unique visitors from 181 countries.

1 Comment

  • Michael Maguire said:

    Congrats, Deb!!!!!

    PMThu, 14 May 2020 21:59:50 +0000Thu, 14 May 2020 21:59:50 +0000pm20,9:59 pm

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