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Meet our Conference Opening Speaker!

Sujan Shrestha is our Opening Speaker at the Friday evening MAEOE STEAM Festival.

Sujan is an assistant professor at the Division of Science, Information Arts and Technologies at the University of Baltimore. Professor Shrestha’s research focuses in the broad area of teaching and learning through games and digital interactive technologies. At the University of Baltimore’s Simulation and Game Design program, he teaches game development and game theory courses in developing meaningful technology to help others. In 2014, he established the UB GameLab a multi-purpose interdisciplinary laboratory to support students in the area Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) through the arts (STEAM).

The STEAM Fair will be held in the Fitzgerald Ballroom. Free to attend for all registered Conference Attendees. $5 person or $20 for a family or group up to 6 people. Bring your friends and family for a series of drop-in events that give participants an opportunity to collaborate with one another to solve engineering and design tasks.


Meet Our Keynote Speaker!

Keith Williams will be speaking at the Conference Lunch on Saturday at Noon.

There are few environments that are better suited to blending STEAM and emotional connection than the underwater world, and we have amazing underwater ecosystems ripe for that blending right in our backyards.

Meet Keith Williams after we finish lunch on Saturday, and he will take you on an underwater journey through streams that flow past our homes and schools and through our communities. Experience the beautifully diverse and intricate life of our Chesapeake rivers and streams. Besides being mind-blowing, the underwater worlds of our everyday freshwater ecosystems are the perfect setting for students to explore, make connections, seek answers, create solutions and STEAM forward.

Keith is the founding Director of Education, and is the current Executive Director of the NorthBay Education Foundation. He has a BS in Environmental Biology from Kutztown University and MS in Ecological Teaching and Learning from the Lesley University Audubon Expedition Institute. Keith worked as an Environmental Biologist with the U.S. Army for 10 years before starting his education career, and has conducted environmental assessments throughout North America, South West Asia and Central America. Keith was the founding Director of the U.S. Army Biological Technical Assistance Group.

Keith taught grade 3-8 science in Baltimore City, and developed an Associates degree in Outdoor Adventure Education at Cecil College where he serves as adjunct faculty. He is a national trainer in Investigating and Evaluating Environmental Issues and Actions Curriculum, and is a participant in the U.C. Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science Better Environmental Education Teaching, Learning and Experience Sharing (BEETLES) National Leadership Institute. He currently serves on the national Residential Environmental Education Partnership. He served as the Treasurer of the Maryland Association for Outdoor and Environmental Education for 9 years and has served on the Maryland Governors Working Group on Environmental Literacy. Keith regularly presents at state, national and international conferences on environmental education topics and is a repeat invited presenter at the National Conservation Training Center for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He is frequently requested to speak about the loss of freshwater biodiversity and how freshwater snorkeling can address this problem.

Keith has developed river snorkeling based curriculum, has established freshwater snorkeling programs for non-profits and the US Forest Service, and regularly works with Freshwaters Illustrated to develop educational materials to accompany their underwater films. Keith has led thousands of people on river snorkeling explorations. His first book, Snorkelhead, Adventures in River Snorkeling, was published in 2016, and he is currently working on his second river snorkeling book due to be published by Stackpole Books in 2020.

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