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2019 MAEOE Conference

We would like you to submit an RFP for the 2019 MAEOE conference! While the committee has worked hard to streamline the process, there are still some things you should know prior to completing your RFP. As such, please read below for more information.

The conference will be February 7-10, 2019 at the Sheraton North Baltimore in Towson, Maryland.

1. The application will be submitted via a Google Form, the link to the form is here: https://goo.gl/forms/L02TxTYf91ZLl6bl1 Please be sure to read through the entire form before you begin to complete it.

2. Choose a strand for your presentation. We encourage you to emphasize how you incorporate technology, NGSS, STEAM, and Environmental Education into your curriculum, student action projects, or student research. The 2019 strands will be:

For MAEOE, the acronym STEAM represents Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture/Art, and Math. MAEOE is seeking proposals that address one or more aspect of "STEAM" that contribute to environmental education and Green Schools. We will favor proposals that touch on STEAM, Next Generation Science Standards, and/or Environmental Literacy Standards. The content of the sessions are expected to overlap and the strands to address more than one theme.

S = Science (Knowledge of any kind. Study of the natural world)

This strand focuses on the sciences. The sessions can focus on in-depth science topics or principals. These sessions should emphasize and focus on increasing participant’s knowledge of the natural world and how it functions. Topics could include a focus on projects that help further our understanding of habitat conservation, preservation, human history, life cycles, human history and general ecology.

T = Technology (the application of science)

This strand focuses on the use of technology to apply STEAM in the field. The sessions can focus on using technology to collect, analyze, and present science. Applications that use technology to increase citizen awareness are especially encouraged. Example "T" topic may include use of the Maryland's Environmental Resources and Land Information Network (MERLIN) to show how educators can provide information about watersheds; Globe; Applications like Budburst or the INaturalist.

E = Engineering, Environmental Education and Greening the school inside and out

Engineering looks at the devices used to collect data or solve environmental problems. EE example lessons that support issue investigation and solutions. These could be teacher driven or assigned and developed by students in class or in extra curricular programs.

A = Arts, Agriculture, Action

This strand focuses on topics in the arts, agriculture and action-based projects.

Arts - Your presentation can include any form of the Arts and should integrate environmental education and STEM from Pre-K through higher education. Suggestions, techniques, discussions or hands-on activities are appropriate for this strand. The focus could be on actual artwork, media presentations, song and dance, music or videos that are used to enhance STEM and environmental education efforts. Sessions highlighting collaboration between an area of the arts and another discipline, such as a project involving a sculptor working with a biologist, will be uniquely appealing and given special consideration.

Agriculture - These sessions should focus on Ag education and may include associations with and using resources such as forestry boards, county agencies, outdoor groups, etc. Schools throughout the state are planting gardens and connecting with farmers to learn where food comes from, about the economics of farming, farm to table and the ties to our environment. Students are studying soil, water and air related to Agricultural/Environmental education. Examples should tie to NGSS, STEM and EE standards on the school grounds and in the classroom.

M = Models, Math, Maps, Mentoring

This strand focuses on content related to math, models, maps, and mentoring. How do you make the data come alive in the classroom? Demonstrate your visualization tools. How do your students apply the data to program solutions? How do you connect your students to Mentors and career possibilities?

3. What kind of session do you intend to present? In addition to our usual offerings we’ve added a “Lightning Round” on Saturday afternoon. For this session the Conference Committee will pair up 2-3 presentations on similar topics. This round is designed to highlight a new topic, research, or a glimpse of a new project to your fellow environmental professionals in just 20 minutes.

  • Thursday Professional Development Institute - 3 hours (am/pm) or 6 hours
  • Friday Workshops - 3 hours (am/pm) or 6 hours
  • Saturday Sessions - 60 minutes, 130 minutes or Lightning Round
  • Thursday, Friday, Sunday Field Experiences

4. All presenters MUST PROVIDE their own laptop. MAEOE will provide screens and projectors in each room. If you are using an Apple product, please be sure to bring your own adaptor to connect it to the projector.

5. All RFPs must be submitted by 5pm on August 17, 2018.

Should you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to contact: conference@maeoe.org

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