Inspire Educators Workshops


Due to the risk of exposure and transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), all in-person USA Science & Engineering Festival events have been postponed.  We will be actively pursuing new dates.  Visit our homepage to learn about upcoming virtual events.


The Inspire Educators Workshops – presented by AstraZeneca and Discovery Education – is a special event for educators designed to inspire and equip teachers with the most current and innovative STEM learning tools for the classroom. Industry leaders will share their STEM perspectives and resources while implementing realistic teaching models through hands-on and interactive discussions.

Saturday, April 25, 2020
9:00am to 2:30pm

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001

K-12 educators currently teaching in a public, private, or charter/magnet school*
*This program does not offer professional development credits for educators

The event will consist of four educator-focused workshops.  Each attendee will be assigned to a specific workshop rotation and will have the opportunity to experience all four workshops.  There will be a break at lunch time, however, please note that attendees are responsible for their own lunch.  Workshop participants will receive free tickets to enter the Expo after the Inspire Educators event concludes (Expo closes at 6pm).

This event is offered at no cost to educators!  Advance registration is required.  Space is very limited and we anticipate selling out quickly.  Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration for the Inspire Educators Workshops has closed.


9:00-9:45am General Session – All Attendees
Welcome Address from Scott Stump – Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE)
10:00-10:45am Workshop Rotation 1
11:00-11:45am Workshop Rotation 2
11:45am-12:30pm Break
12:30-1:15pm Workshop Rotation 3
1:30-2:15pm Workshop Rotation 4
2:30pm Event Concludes.  Educators may attend the Expo exhibits for the remainder of the day at no cost.  The Expo closes at 6:00pm.


Workshop Descriptions

Addressing the NGSS with The Science of Us from AstraZeneca



What actually happens inside our body when we have a disease? In what ways can we prevent certain health issues and maintain a healthy lifestyle? What innovative scientific solutions are being developed to help improve our health? Explore relevant middle school STEM experiences through the exploration of lung cancer research with AstraZeneca and Learning Undefeated.

Generation Health is a dynamic middle school program that aims to make science personal through a focus on healthy living messaging. This workshop will provide an overview of the Generation Health curriculum, including STEM learning activities where students investigate both preventative measures and innovative solutions to key health concerns in the areas of oncology, cardiovascular, and respiratory health. Educators will take an up-close look at the middle school, lung cancer unit activities where students do a deeper dive on lung cancer before taking on the role of a biomedical researcher, and engaging with real-life STEM professional skills and tools in the analysis of lung cancer. Educators will experience hands-on learning using ELISA kits and come away with a better understanding of how to incorporate these activities into your own curriculum.

No-Cost Resources for STEM Learning and Career Exploration from Discovery Education



Many educators are challenged with finding a variety of resources for STEM Learning and Career Exploration. The programs presented in this workshop provide a variety of tools to expand content in these areas, and they are available online at no cost and without required registration. These standards-aligned resources include virtual field trips, video challenges, lesson plans, hands-on classroom activities, interactive modules and video career profiles, all delivered via digital media. This rich content features curated resources from Home Depot, 3M, TGR Foundation and CITGO, just to name a few. Links to the resources will be provided. During the workshop, we will explore a number of the resources in detail and participants will be exposed to teaching strategies to support implementation in the classroom.

Click here to access these no-cost resources!

Airbus Foundation Discovery Space Workshop


Experience the Airbus Foundation Discovery Space: a digital portal leveraging industry know-how to engage learners in Science, offering innovative resources from entertaining content to learning-by-design activities.

Underwriters Laboratories Workshop



Join Underwriters Laboratories to discover Xplorlabs – interactive online STEM resources bringing safety science and engineering straight from our labs and into your classroom.

Register to Attend

This event is offered at no cost to educators.


Registration for the Inspire Educators Workshops has closed.