Free STEMx Professional Development Available September 19-21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sept. 5, 2013 –To help teachers and students prepare for the growing global need for employees with STEM skills, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) announced today that it is hosting the 2013 Global STEMx* Education Conference, the world’s first massively open online conference for STEMx educators, in collaboration with partner HP and more than 20 other organizations.

Participants will meet educators from around the world and learn how to enhance student engagement and interest in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and more. This unique event will take place entirely online, 24 hours a day for three days, Sept. 19-21, 2013. Registration is free. More information can be found at

STEMxCon will be a highly inclusive and engaging event that will encourage students and educators around the world to share and learn about innovative approaches to STEMx learning and teaching. Keynote presenters include:

  • Tim Bell, Professor, Computer Science and Software Engineering, University of Canterbury
  • Al Byers, Associate Executive Director, Services, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • Jeanne Century, Director of Research and Evaluation & Science Education, Outlier Research and Evaluation, CEMSE, University of Chicago
  • Cristin Frodella, Head of Global Education Marketing, Google, Inc.
  • Paloma Garcia-Lopez, Executive Director, Maker Education Initiative
  • Larry Johnson, CEO, New Media Consortium
  • Iris Lapinski, CEO, Apps for Good
  • Ramsey Musallam, Teacher, Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep
  • Ramji Raghavan, Chairman, Agastya International Foundation
  • Yolanda Ramos, Director of Professional Development Services, ISTE
  • Avis Yates Rivers, Director, National Center for Women & Information Technology
  • Jim Vanides, Global Education Program Manager, Sustainability & Social Innovation, Hewlett Packard Company

What: Global STEMx Education Conference

When: Thursday, September 19th–Saturday, September 21, 2013

Who: STEMx educators across the globe


*About the x in STEMx: For years we have referred to STEM education — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — but in today’s flat world the definition must be much broader. It must include disciplines like computer science, nanoscience and biotech as well as critical skills such as collaboration, creativity, communication, problem solving, inquiry, computational thinking and global fluency. Thus, to expand the definition to encompass the wide range of skills and knowledge requisite for success in the high-tech world of work and global citizenship, the HP Catalyst Initiative created the STEMx acronym.