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On Saturday, February 3, several Medaille College MSED students presented poster presentations at the Niagara Frontier Reading Council Winter Professional Development Event on Literacy & STEAM (Science Technology Engineering, Art, and Math) Education. The STEAM/STEM initiative is an important and timely topic trending in education. The focus is on teaching subject content in an integrated manner to engage and motivate students in the learning process. There is an emphasis on critical thinking, communication, collaboration, curiosity and creativity. Students presented as part of their Technology for the Elementary Classroom course under the guidance of Mary Beth Scumaci, Clinical Associate Professor with the Department of Education. Students pictured from left to right: Katie Hartog presented on Coding and Girls in STEM. Brittney Zielinski presented on SMASH Math using Play Dough. Patrick Eustace presented on the use of Legos to enhance engineering and architectural skills. Danielle Blahowicz presented on the pedagogy and importance of STEM/STEAM education in the curriculum. Sierra Chojnacki researched the area of technology and apps to enhance literacy skills. The students had the opportunity to network and participate in the event with local educators, librarians, administrators and community members. The keynote speaker was STEM expert, Mr. Kenneth Huff of the Williamsville School District. Mr. Huff is a National Board Certified Teacher in early adolescence science. He is a multi-award winning educator in the field of STEM, and serves on many boards including the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Board of Directors-Division Director Middle Level Science Teaching, a National STEM Ambassador.

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