WeatherSTEM Implemented in STEM Education
Presenter: Andrew Campbell
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Session Description: 
Weather provides an excellent foundation for STEM education. It also provides myriad opportunities for exposing students to topics from a plethora of disciplines in the scope of a single activity. 

The North Central Ohio ESC's WeatherSTEM program has shown using weather science is a much more effective way to teach STEM education.  "Traditional" STEM courses (electricity, energy, magnetism, etc.) are necessary but are not necessarily exciting or attractive to students.  Any weather situation, from a few cumulus clouds dotting the sky to the most intense Category 5 hurricane, can turn into a discussion covering everything from algebra to zoology.  North Central Ohio ESC's use of WeatherSTEM has increased not only student proficiency understanding STEM but also stimulated additional interest in pursuing a career in a STEM related field. No devices needed.
Presenter Bio:
Andy Campbell has been Distance Learning Coordinator for LEARNnco Distance Learning located in Tiffin, Ohio, since 2008.  From 2001 to 2008, he served as Distance Learning Coordinator for the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), located in Toledo, Ohio.  During his time with LEARNnco and COSI he has been involved with over 8,000 distance learning videoconferences.  His programs have earned the prestigious CILC Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Videoconferences in 2010-2011, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014 school years as well as the Berrien RESA/Polycom Teacher’s Choice Award for Best Content Provider/Science.  He has presented at the Ohio State Education Technology conference and is a 3 time presenter to the International Society in Technology Education conference (ISTE.)  Mr. Campbell attended Bowling Green State University, graduating in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Education.