At the 5th Annual STEMS² Symposium, we will explore and celebrate the many dynamic aspects of the webs we weave individually and collectively. The image above was developed by participants at the end of last year’s symposium and is a visual representation of our theme for this year’s symposium. The networks’ collective work with the STEMS² Framework is a dynamic and complex web of integration of places, cultures, identities, and multiple knowledge forms in order to address real-world problems in our local and global communities. How do our webs get built? What is required to sustain their strength? What feeds their growth?
The 5th Annual STEMS² Symposium will take place Tuesday, June 27 – Thursday, June 29, 2023 with opportunities to engage both in person and online. In-person experiences will include activities that physically engage participants with people and places around O‘ahu. Online experiences will include workshops, poster sessions, and talk stories/paper presentations. Whether you participate locally on Oʻahu or from a distance, join fellow STEMS² enthusiasts who share a passion for exploring the roles that place, culture, and identity play in interdisciplinary education.
The STEMS² Symposium is an annual event currently supported by STEMS² and our partnerships. Our goal is to provide access to all voices who want to productively participate. Any contribution shared will help support the mission of making future STEMS^2 efforts affordable to all.
For in-person attendees, conference housing is available with student housing services. Room options with meal plans can be found on their website. Accommodations require the purchase of a meal plan (minimum two-meal/day). Download our pre-filled Summer 2023 Conference Housing Application, enter your information, and return the application form by email to email@example.com.
Ways to Engage
This three-day experience will include opportunities to engage both online and in person. Participants are welcome to join locally on Oʻahu or from a distance. Whether a presenter or a participant, we encourage everyone to contribute to making the STEMS² Symposium a place where all attendees can engage in the pillars of STEMS² while being a teacher and a learner at all times.
Grounded in the value of Aʻo (to teach and learn in a reciprocal relationship), we work to create inclusive, interactive spaces to hear as many voices as possible in multiple session formats.
Talk Story/Paper Session (Online) – Presenters facilitate knowledge sharing and discussion on a focused experience or research topic (30 min).
Poster (Online) – A conference-style poster is utilized to share findings from experiences and research, providing opportunities for thoughtful conversations (60 min).
Workshops (In person or Online) – Presenters share skills, knowledge, and resources with the goal of developing participants’ access to new skills, forms of knowledge, and resources (60 min for online sessions or 2.5 hours for in-person sessions).
STEMS² Service-Learning Experience (In person on Oʻahu) – Presenters provide participants first-hand opportunities to engage in STEMS² Pedagogy by exploring the roles that place, culture, and identity play in interdisciplinary education at a location on Oʻahu. (3 hrs).
Community Partner & Exhibitor Tables (In person or Online) – Community partners and collaborators host exhibits, share resources, and share information about their programs and/or projects.
Networking Event (In person) – Event hosts work with the symposium committee to coordinate a casual opportunity (ex. Pau Hana) for in-person participants to gather and connect. Networking events or social gatherings will take place in the evening after the symposium programming at the host’s selected location on Oʻahu. (3 hrs).