2015 Keynote Speaker
Hacking STEM Education
You’ll soon be out in the world working as a teacher of technology and engineering. The young people in your care are going to depend on you to prepare them for a world that is rapidly changing. What if there was a way to “future proof” the education your students received? What if there was a way for you to prepare your students to excel in a rapidly changing environment? If you could do this, your value as a teacher would increase exponentially. In this presentation we will explore, in practical terms, two specific strategies you can employ with your students to future proof their education while simultaneously engage them at a deep and profound level.
Tom Heck is a lifelong student and teacher. He has worked in the field of education and leadership development for over 25 years. Tom studied Technology Education at Virginia Tech and upon graduation worked as a juvenile corrections officer in a pre-release program modeled after Outward Bound. This is where Tom truly learned the power of experiential learning. He then went on to work as a Technology Education teacher in a high school in Virginia. He then began working for the YMCA as a Senior Director in North Carolina where he began designing school-based leadership development programs that served over 8,000 students. In 1997 Tom created The International Association of Teamwork Facilitators which currently serves over 4,000 educators, trainers, and facilitators from 35 countries. He has invented and successfully licensed over 15 learning games to three of the largest suppliers of physical education equipment in the US. Tom has worked as a consultant with some of the largest training organizations in the world including Franklin Covey and the Center for Creative Leadership. Tom was hired by Purdue University to head up their “EPICS K12” program – – EPICS helps K12 students learn engineering design through real projects that help real people in the community. Tom is very active in the Maker movement and has several articles published in MAKE Magazine. He’s also presented at many regional Maker Faires.