Amy Farkas and her STEM students shine

Many educators travel to conferences and trainings around their home states and countries, and a few of them even take students!

 Riverview’s Amy Farkas, took her 8th-graders this past year to a handful of conferences to bring what they’ve learned to the real world. 

At the conferences, the students presented their work and research to other students, educators, and professionals.

Amy spoke about the experiences and the impact that neuroscience outreach had on the students.

As always, she tweeted the whole process and this time many other educators tweeted their experience with the students too!

Amy: I surprised myself when I volunteered my students to present at a number of conferences this year: at RESA in Grand Rapids and at the MACUL Student Technology Showcase in Detroit. I thought this would be a great experience, but knew I would have to depend on a lot of different people and have to have a lot of cogs working in perfect synchronization to make it happen.

Like who are my drivers going to be? Who was taking who in what car? 

I needed to have all of the materials we used back. Keeping in mind I’m down in Detroit starting on a Tuesday for the conference and the kids weren’t coming until Thursday, and I wasn’t going to be back in the school building to deal with any of that.

Even though I knew it would be challenging, I knew it was an experience that I wanted my students to have

The Student Technology Showcase is sponsored by AT&T at MACUL and It happens the first week of December. It’s an awesome opportunity for students across the state to go in and showcase different technology projects that they’re doing.

Thankfully, in this case, everything did go wonderfully. 

The kids organized the materials that I asked them to take, they came up with some ideas of their own that they wanted to do, and I said “put it all in the bags, if we don’t use it we can always bring it back,” but it was very organic on their part. 

They knew what they wanted to show; what they wanted to teach. I made a couple of suggestions either way, and it worked out wonderfully.

We presented on a number of projects, but when it came to neuroscience I have a team captain. His name is Connor, and he is an amazing young man and neuroscience became kind of a passion for him.

All I said was “Connor, you’re in charge of neuroscience.”

He dealt with the other students and made sure that their level of knowledge was up to what his expectation of that was. I really did nothing. 

In the end, it was a fantastic opportunity for my students. Just like in the classroom, where I have them become teachers to each other, they got to take those skills out into the real world and present to total strangers everything they knew about neuroscience! 

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