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15 Min "Sparks" of Inspiration for Teaching STEM in the Classroom
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HOST: Maynard Okereke

Free STEM Video Series for K-12 Educators

Grab your coffee and join host Maynard Okereke, “Hip Hop M.D.”, for 15 minutes of fun and engaging STEM tips, activities, and inspiration for the classroom featuring fellow educators and STEM influencers.

The Spark of STEM (SoS) Coffee Break Series – presented by AstraZeneca –  is an online series for educators designed to inspire and equip teachers with innovative STEM learning tools.

HOST: Maynard Okereke
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K-12 educators teaching in a public, private, charter, or homeschool*


FREE online STEM series for teachers featuring tips and tools for the classroom


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*This program does not offer professional development credits for educators

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Featured Speakers
November 11
Holiday STEM Activities

Jason Lindsey

Jason Lindsey, aka “Mr. Science,” with Hooked on Science, is a nationally-recognized STEM educator, science multimedia journalist, meteorologist, and author. He’s appeared on the NBC Today Show, Fox & Friends, RFD-TV, and WeatherNation, inspiring kids to be inquisitive about the world around them and to develop a long-term interest in science and math.  Watch On-Demand!

November 18
Turn Math-Haters into Math-Lovers

Dr. Padhu Seshaiyer

Dr. Padmanabhan “Padhu” Seshaiyer is on a personal mission to turn math haters into math lovers. He grew up in his native India dreaming about how to solve real-world problems through mathematics. Now a noted mathematician at George Mason University, Padhu is changing the often-negative perception and image that students have about math.

December 2
Engineering Design Challenges for Every Classroom

Jennifer Colvin

Level up common classroom activities to engineering design challenges with Learning Undefeated’s Chief Innovation Officer, Jennifer Colvin. Tune in to learn an adaptable framework to make any activity into an engineering challenge, plus K-12 examples that illustrate how easy it is to make small tweaks to existing activities to fit an engineering design challenge template

December 9
Create a Mock Crime Scene in your Classroom

Prof. Kelly Knight

Forensic scientist Kelly Knight is a professor at George Mason University with a passion for STEM outreach. In addition to mentoring undergraduate students in forensic science, Prof. Knight has planned and implemented hundreds of activities and events for the K-12 population – with an emphasis on reaching underrepresented students.

December 16
Using Pop Culture to Make STEM Fun

Maynard Okereke
"Hip Hop M.D."

Maynard Okereke, aka the Hip Hop M.D., uses pop culture to make STEM fun. He has a degree in civil engineering and a curiosity for new innovation. Maynard inspires minorities and youth by bridging the gap between music, entertainment, & science – encouraging more diverse involvement in the S.T.E.M. fields.

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