Bridging the Gap 2022 SCHEDULE

The Bridging the Gap conference schedule features more than 45 presentations and more than 90 speakers who hail from across North Carolina. All corners of the STEM education community are represented — from K-12 education, higher education, government or other STEM groups such as museums and educational initiatives.

To view the schedule, please click the addition sign (+) beside the conference date to expand and explore that day’s schedule. Click on the session titles to view the session descriptions.

Please note that the majority of the Bridging the Gap keynote presentations this year will be offered virtually in January 2023 (date TBA) as part of our virtual Bridging the Gap STEM Educator Wellness Reboot. All 2022 Bridging the Gap attendees automatically will be registered to attend the virtual STEM Educator Wellness Reboot in January, which will be accessible in recorded form afterwards. Additional details about the Reboot to follow soon.

All in-person sessions in October will be highly engaging and interactive with attendees spaced and comfortable in smaller group interactions. A focus of our in-person gathering in October will be networking and community building, which often takes place best in person. Our community will gather together again – albeit virtually – in January for the phenomenal keynotes that are a hallmark of this conference and for follow-up small group virtual breakout sessions. Every aspect of the 2022 Bridging the Gap conference has been designed with your safety and comfort in mind.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 (Day 1)

Check-In and Breakfast 

for All Audiences
Auditorium
Welcome & Introduction
Suzanne Wilkison – NCABR 

for All Audiences
Auditorium
Opening Keynote
TBA

Concurrent Sessions

for High School Audiences 
Dogwood Room 
Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices
Ready to Use Hands-On Experiments for Every Unit in Earth Science
Sarah Laws – Mountain Heritage High School

for Elementary Audiences 
Board Room
Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices
No Time to Do It All? Come Explore an Integrated STREAMS Activity for the Elementary Classroom. Yes, You Can Do It All, Including Engineering!
Leah Bug – The Engineering Place
Nancy Shaw – North Carolina State University

for Middle School Audiences 
Congressional Room
Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices
Writing, History and More: Bringing STEM into All Content Areas
Matthew Lococo – Greene County Schools
Stanley White – Greene County Schools

for High School Audiences 
Auditorium
Spanning Silos
NC STEM Education Plan for 2035: What Are Your Ideas?
Melinda Faber – The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
Sam Houston – North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center
Akua Carraway – North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center

For All Audiences
Jordan Room

STEM for All
Discoveries in Earth Science (DES) Program for Students with Blind or Visual Impairments: Year 2
Rhea Miles – East Carolina University
Alana Zambone – East Carolina University
Alex Manda – East Carolina University

Exhibit Hall Showcase

Lunch

Concurrent Sessions

for High School Audiences 
Dogwood Room
Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices
Exploring the Clean Energy Transition and Energy Justice in the Classroom
Dana Haine – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment

for Elementary Audiences
Board Room
Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices
Bring Inquiry-Based, Hands-On Investigations to the Elementary Classroom
Todd Guentensberger – The Center for Inquiry-Based Learning
Rachael Polmanteer – The Center for Inquiry-Based Learning

for Middle School Audiences 
Congressional Room
Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices
Keeping Water Renewable: A Blended Lesson for 8th Grade Students
Paula Edelson – PBS North Carolina
Frank Graff – PBS North Carolina
Beth Harris – Middle School Science Specialist

for High School Audiences for Higher Education Audiences 
Auditorium
Spanning Silos
Addressing the Leaky Pipeline: Increasing Underrepresented Students in Higher Education
Paula Faulkner – North Carolina A&T State University
Misty Blue-Terry – North Carolina A&T State University

for All Audiences 
Jordan Room
Teacher Delight
North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA): Building STEM Leaders One Professional at a Time
Dennis Kubusko – University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Pat Shane – North Carolina Science Leadership Association
Alisa Wickliff – University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Concurrent Sessions

for High School Audiences 
Dogwood Room
Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices
The Science House Presents: Identifying Bias and Misinformation
Jason Carter – The Science House
Michelle Taylor – Cabarrus County Schools

for Elementary Audiences 
Board Room
Hands-On Minds-On Instructional Practices
More PEAS Please: Engaging Young Children in the Practices of Science
Virginia Stage – East Carolina University
Tammy Lee – East Carolina University
Archana Hegde – East Carolina University

for Middle School Audiences 
Congressional Room
Industry Connections
STEMwork: Building Industry Connections Through PBL
Carrie Horton – Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership

for Middle School Audiences 
Auditorium
STEM for All
STEM Bridge: Connecting Teachers and Students Across NC Through STEM Project Based Learning
Amanda Clapp – The Catamount School
Lucretia Smith – Healthy Start Academy
Keith Burgess – Druid Hills Academy

For All Audiences
Jordan Room

TBA

Break

Concurrent Sessions

for High School Audiences 
Dogwood Room
STEM for All
A Teacher -Designed Data-Interpretation Activity to Introduce Students to the Science of PFAS
Jenna Hartley – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dana Haine – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment

for Elementary Audiences 
Board Room
Hands On, Minds-On Instructional Practices
Hands-On Social Emotional Learning with Robotics
Julia Wagner – FIRST North Carolina

for Middle School Audiences 
Congressional Room
TechSpace
Eyejack: Create and Play with Augmented Reality
Kalo Haslem – Dunn Middle School

for High School Audiences 
Auditorium
Industry Connections
Community Colleges Bridging the Gap Between High School and Life Science Industry
Lisa Smelser – Central Carolina Community College
Courtney Behrle – BioNetwork

for All Audiences 
Jordan Room
Industry Connections
Preparing North Carolina Students for a Global STEM Workforce Through PBL
Michelle Ellis – Gaston County Schools

Concurrent Sessions

for High School Audiences 
Dogwood Room
STEM for All
Creating a STEM Mindset
Christy Cook – Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy
Cindy Winters – Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy
Rebecca Kaserman – Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy

for Elementary Audiences 
Board Room
STEM for All
Data Science for Social Good in the Elementary Classroom
Jeanne McClure – North Carolina State University

for Higher Education Audiences 
Congressional Room
Industry Connections
Identifying Factors Influencing STEM Persistence in Underrepresented and Underserved Populations Attending a Rural HBCU: The Pilot Study
Antonio Rook – East Carolina University

for Middle School Audiences 
Auditorium
Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices
Inquiry with Impact: A Streamlined Process for PBL
Stan Hill – Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Center of Excellence in Research, Teaching and Learning
Leslie Russell – Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Center of Excellence in Research, Teaching and Learning
Kelsey Canovai – Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Center of Excellence in Research, Teaching and Learning

For All Audiences
Jordan Room

Spanning Silos
Looking for Funding for Your STEM Classroom
Pamela Lovin – Hasse and Lovin Associates, LLC 
Eleanor Hasse – Hasse and Lovin Associates, LLC 

Adjourn

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 (Day 2)

Check-In and Breakfast

Concurrent Sessions

for High School Audiences 
Dogwood Room
Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices
SIMIRS: Science Teaching Through Modeling Instruction
Grace Carroll – North Carolina State University
Matt Reynolds – North Carolina State University
Amanda Hall – North Carolina State University

for Elementary Audiences 
Board Room
Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices
Better Together: How to Integrate STEM into Special Areas
Susan Newman – Hendersonville Elementary School
Kayla Fadden – Hendersonville Elementary School
Josh Dunkin – Hendersonville Elementary School
Candice Greedy – Hendersonville Elementary School

for Middle School Audiences 
Congressional Room
STEM for All
The Birth of a Movement: Engaging Students Through Justice-Oriented Science Teaching and Learning
Monica High –  Cato Middle College High School
Lenora Crabtree – University of North Carolina at Charlotte

for High School Audiences 
Auditorium
Industry Connections
STEM2Fork: Aquaponics Culture in STEM
Jennifer Hill – Cabarrus County Schools
Melanie Parker – Cabarrus County Schools
Robyn Walker – Cabarrus County Schools

For Middle School Audiences
Jordan Room
Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices
Tackling the Standards Through Hands-On Investigations
Melanie Rickard – The Center for Inquiry-Based Learning
Rachael Poolmanteer – The Center for Inquiry-Based Learning
Todd Guentensberger – The Center for Inquiry-Based Learning

Break & Exhibitor Hall Showcase

Concurrent Sessions

for High School Audiences 
Dogwood Room
Teacher Delight
Getting Started with Student-Led Research
Judy Day – North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair
Stephánia Smith – STEM Instructor/Experiential Learning Lead
Chris Thomas – STEM Instructor/Experiential Learning Lead
Alisa Wickliff – University of North Carolina at Charlotte

for Elementary Audiences 
Board Room
Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices
How Do I Do This?!? STEAM in the Elementary World
Jason Vanzant – Carteret County Schools

for Middle School Audiences 
Congressional Room
Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices
The Science House Presents: Shift Happens
Michelle Taylor – The Science House
Jason Carter – The Science House

for High School Audiences 
Auditorium
STEM for All
STEM for All: How to Make STEM Communication Inclusive for All
Chris Harried – Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

for Middle School Audiences 
Jordan Room
Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices
Immersive Location Based Learning
Keith Odom – Cabarrus County Schools
Greg Davidson – Cabarrus County Schools

Lunch & Exhibitor Hall Showcase

Concurrent Sessions

for Higher Education Audiences 
Dogwood Room
Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices
Build a Better Bookbag Challenge: A Design-On, Hands-On Experience on Design Thinking
Janet Carlson – Artisanal Leadership

for Elementary Audiences 
Board Room
STEM for All
STEAMing Up Inner Genius
Valencia Hicks-Harris – Empower All Inc.
Amanda West – Empower All Inc.
Emily Wade – Empower All Inc.

for High School Audiences 
Congressional Room
STEM for All
Changing Classroom Ecosystems: Level Up in Math and Science Courses
Valerie Sellars – Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Dorie Hall – Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Alina Castillo – Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

for High School Audiences 
Auditorium
STEM for All
Empowering Environmental Justice Decision Makers One Classroom at a Time with a Lesson from the US Environmental Protection Agency
Jenna Hartley – former ORISE Participant at the U.S. EPA

For All Audiences
Jordan Room

Spanning Silos
STEM Funding for Your District/Institute
Pamela Lovin -Hasse and Lovin Associates, LLC 
Eleanor Hasse – Hasse and Lovin Associates, LLC 

Concurrent Sessions

for High School Audiences 
Dogwood Room
Industry Connections
Becoming a STEMillionaire: Strategies for Obtaining Grant Funding for STEM Equity
Darrell Kain – Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership
Keith Burgess – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

for Elementary Audiences 
Board Room
Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices
Germination of a K-12 Garden Pipeline
Megan Charlton – Cabarrus County Schools
Jill Staton – Cabarrus County Schools
Leanne Havely – Cabarrus County Schools

for Middle School Audiences 
Congressional Room
Teacher Delight
Safe Spaces: Implementing DEI Instructional Strategies in the STEM Classroom
Michelle Ellis – SEED Fellows

for All Audiences 
Auditorium
Preparing and Teaching the Whole Child
Physical Education as Allied STEM Education: The Science in the Gym Curriculum
Ang Chen – University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Allan Goldfarb – University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Lauren Holdeman – University of North Carolina at Greensboro

For All Audiences
Jordan Room

TBA

Break & Exhibitor Hall Showcase

Concurrent Sessions

for High School Audiences 
Dogwood Room
STEM for All
Extreme Heat: Science, Society and Solutions
Emma Refvem – Durham Public Schools
Dana Haine – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment
Imani Vincent – North Carolina Museum of Life and Science

for Elementary Audiences 
Board Room
Citizen Science
Exploring the Scientific Method Through Storytelling and Citizen Science
Lena Deskins – Sandy Ridge Elementary School
Rachael Polmanteer – The Center for Inquiry-Based Learning

for High School Audiences 
Congressional Room
Industry Connections
Expanding Career Opportunities Through Outdoor Experiences at Durham Public Schools Hub Farm
Hannah Ball-Damberg – Durham Public Schools – Hub Farm
Erin Carroll – Durham County Schools
Ashley Meredith – Durham Public Schools – Hub Farm

for All Audiences 
Auditorium
Spanning Silos
Leveraging Community Partnerships to Connect Underserved Schools to Real World Science
Lindsey Hubbard – North Carolina State University
Katy May – North Carolina State University

for Middle School Audiences 
Jordan Room
STEM 101
STEM Made Simple
Sheneika Simmons – Simmons Leadership Services

Concurrent Sessions

for High School Audiences 
Dogwood Room
STEM for All
3D Printing in STEM
David Madorin – Cabarrus County Schools
Jennifer Caligan – Cabarrus County Schools
Joshua Gragg – TriMech

for Elementary Audiences 
Board Room
Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices
Game of Drones
Kim Collazo – Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership
Carrie Robledo – North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

for Middle School Audiences 
Congressional Room
STEM for All
The World is Ours: Connecting Multicultural Education and STEM
Tamisha Mack-Malloy – Cumberland County Schools

for High School Audiences 
Auditorium
TechSpace
RoboCoater: Aiding in Next Generation Energy Research
Nathan Woodward – North Carolina State University

For All Audiences
Jordan Room

TBA

Adjourn

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