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2023 Convening

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Over 600 of the world’s top leaders and thinkers in STEM attended the sold out May 1 to May 3 2023 convening of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice in Jacksonville, F.L. co-hosted by the STEM2HUB. 

In addition to mainstage sessions, the convening included design sessions and experiential learning opportunities to empower leaders with tools and strategies to support STEM in their own communities, with a focus on the event’s theme – Ideate. Innovate. Implement.

Louie Lopez, director of DoD STEM in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, was among the speakers who discussed how STEM is vital for the future of the world. 

Other speakers included: Dasia Taylor, the 19-year-old who invented color-changing stitches to detect infection; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who now chairs the education foundation, ExcelinEd; Captain Barrington Irving, the first and only African American to fly around the world solo, Dr. Frederic Bertley of COSI, Paula Golden of the Broadcom Foundation and leaders of IBM, Siemens, LEGO, Verizon and leading national foundations and philanthropic organizations.

Ideate. Innovate. Implement showcased strategies for empowering and engaging the next generation to solve the many challenges facing the world, including a special interactive Build | Fly | Code ™ training session led by For the Win Robotics (FTW), a leader in drone-based STEM and computer science programming.