April in Review
International Conference on Improving the Learning of Biology
During April 13th through 16th Dr. Carol O’Donnell and the Director of Professional Services Dr. Amy D’Amico attended an International Conference on Improving the Learning of Biology and Other Related Science in the K-12 School Year in Santiago, Chile. The conference focused on inquiry based science education, and Dr. O’Donnell presented the results of the Smithsonian Science Education Center’S 5-year research trial of the LASER model.
O’Donnell participates in round table discussions at the InterAcademies Partnership Science Education Program Global Council in Santiago, Chile
Dr. Carol O’Donnell was invited by the Alabama Mathematics, Science, Technology, and Engineering Coalition for Education (AMSTEC) to attend their Community/Municipal Forums as the Keynote Speaker. These forums where planned in partnership with the Alabama Afterschool Community Network with locations across the state. The first event was held on April 22nd in Mobile, AL at the recently opened Gulf Quest Maritime Museum.
O’Donnell is pictured with a student in Alabama
Citizen Science: Digital Innovation in STEM Summit
On April 25th Dr. Carol O’Donnell traveled to Abu Dhabi to participate in the Citizen Science: Digital Innovation in STEM Summit hosted by the Abu Dhabi Education Council in collaboration with EY and Tribal Planet. Citizen Science aims to connect young people around the world with the environment, scientific research communities, and future employers. They work to allow youth access to digital content and to encourage young people to get excited about STEM! Conference attendees include leaders across government, education and businesses in the UAE, world renowned scientists and digital visionaries, including US Astronaut Scott Kelly, who recently returned from the International Space Station as the longest serving astronaut, and Josh Bernstein, science educator and explorer, formerly with the Discovery and History Channels. O’Donnell’s presentation outlined her perspectives on the critical need to develop the next generation of scientists and innovators.
O’Donnell with US Astronaut Scott Kelly
Images by C. O'Donnell