Cohort Meetings

This is a list of all currently scheduled cohort meetings and their locations and agendas. Some information on this page may not be 100% up-to-date; see the Google Calendar for the most current information.  Remember that attendance to these meetings is expected, but contact site coordinator Iva Jean Tennant if you have a conflict.

1st Quarterly Cohort Meeting – Narrative Science: Double Feature Workshop

Date/Time: Saturday, September 16 – 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Location: Binghamton High School, 31 Main St, Binghamton, NY

Agenda: WE will kick off the year with Susan Marie Frontczak from Colorado with her amazing stories in STEM. We will also have some time to get to know each other and collaboration time.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS as time approaches

First : A Visit with Mary Shelley

With this program, you enter her mind and imagination of English writer Mary Shelley (1797-1851). Mary Shelley may be best known as the author of Frankenstein, but there is much more to be learned about her, both personally and psychologically. The year is 1844. Imagine you are English visitors just returning from Italy, and you are about to be welcomed into the parlor of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

The Ethics of Science and Technology
Mary Shelley’s science fiction is nearly reality today. What is a scientist’s
responsibility toward his/her creation? What happens when an abandoned creation turns into a monster? What is society’s responsibility to monitor or manage a scientist’s inventions? When does the society have the right to step in? It is not the invention, it is the abandonment of the invention to irresponsible use that turns a creation into a monster. Many of our scientific creations have no voice, and been released to the whims of nature and the marketplace. Mary Shelley’s “monster” had a voice. And yet he was unsuccessful at pleading with his creator for the attention he needed to avoid becoming a terror. The author gave voice to the concept of our creations. Will we listen to her?

Check out Mary Shelley: A Living History by Susan Frontczak for more information.

Second: Stories in STEM

How do stories stimulate scholars in STEM? How can looking at a folktale with fresh eyes, get students to enjoy designing an experiment? How can an entertaining narrative give insight to the connection between a standard math problem and world economics? Come play with Storyteller Susan Marie Frontczak and take away ideas about using narrative to prompt your students to have fun with mathematics, design, and the scientific method.

Stories motivate student involvement, provide hooks for learning,and create a framework for student participation. Learn a process for creating stories that support your curriculum.

Work with other teachers in your own discipline to practice developing stories that address a given lesson or unit in your classroom. Along the way, enjoy example metaphors and stories from math, biology, chemistry, earth science and physics.

Registration: Registration form forthcoming


STANYS Fall Conference – Now in 3-D!

Date/Time: Saturday, November 4 to Monday, November 6

Location: Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, NY

Agenda: See the conference website for agenda and registration information.


AMTNYS Fall Conference – Full STEAM Ahead!

Date/Time: Friday, November 3 to Saturday, November 4

Location: Adams Mark Hotel, Buffalo, NY

Agenda: See the conference website for agenda and registration information.