CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – In an effort to provide the best in science and math to the next generation of students, teachers and professors from around the Coastal Bend gathered at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for the 13th annual ME by the SEa Regional Professional Development Conference. Traveling from as far away as Laredo, more than 200 educators and dozens of vendors attended the June 16 event as a collaborative means to promote curriculum alignment and access to engaging mathematics and science for students in grades pre-kindergarten through college.
“The conference hosted educators from 22 surrounding school districts,” said Dr. Faye Bruun, Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “With the help of our presenters, aspiring and seasoned teachers were able to network and gain motivation to try new strategies in their classrooms.”
The conference centered around showcasing new practices and hands-on activities that are critical to instructing students in mathematics and science education. With more than 32 workshops to choose from, participants learned everything from engaging students by using creative songs/chants to teach difficult math concepts, to implementing the “belch model” into science classroom activities to explain why our bodies create unique sounds and smells.
“It can be challenging for first time educators to understand how science and math work together,” said Puneet Gill, Assistant Professor at Texas A&M International University, who hosted a session called “Grossologist Workshop.” “Through a conference like this, we’re able to showcase how science and math work in conjunction with one another and demonstrate how teachers can take that knowledge and implement it back in their own classrooms. One of the great things about being able to collaborate with other educators is you find there are multiple ways to perform one exercise. It’s great that we get to come together and share our ideas and experiences.”
For more information on this year’s ME by the SEa conference or to view images of past conferences, visit http://education.tamucc.edu/events/conferences/mebythesea/index.html.