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National STEM education conference features local students, educators and business leaders

March 17, 2015 | Gateway Technical College

MILWAUKEE - Several Milwaukee-area school districts will be featured in an integrative STEM (science, technology, engineering,and math) education partner showcase as part of a national event held at the Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave.,Milwaukee from March 26 to March 28.

Snap-on Incorporated CEO Nick Pinchuk will deliver an address atthe event,the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association’s 77thAnnual Conference,on the issue of preparing a world-class workforce. Snap-on Incorporated is based in Kenosha and has a manufacturing facility in Milwaukee.

The event will draw educators from throughout the nation as well as several foreign countries. Conference details can be found at

Media seeking interviews or to attend the event should contact ITEEA Communication Director Katie de la Paz at (703) 860-3868 or Lee Colony, Gateway communications specialist, at (262) 564-2512.

“Wisconsin is proud to host the International Technology and Engineering Educators conference. The focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is critical to developing a highly knowledgeable and skilled workforce,” says Bryan Albrecht, Gateway Technical College President and CEO,and ITEEA Distinguished Educator.

“STEM teaching and learning is an innovative approach to unlock creativity and problem solving for learners of all ages. This conference brings together national and local leaders to share best practices and engage employers in the development of skills for the future.”

Area school districts featured in the Wisconsin Showcase event are Milwaukee Public Schools, Brillion Public Schools, Racine Unified School District, Kenosha Unified School District, Union Grove High School, Burlington Area Schools and Watertown Unified School District.

Students and educators will display and provide demonstrations for innovative, STEM-based projects from their schools such as robotics and GPS, as well as how these programs advance learning in the classroom and impact their education. Several Wisconsin colleges, including Gateway Technical College, are featured as well.

A full list of STEM exhibitors sharing the latest products and services can be found at

At the conference, Dan Ariens, CEO of Ariens Corporation, Brillion, will receive the Integrative STEM Advocacy Award and Morna Foy, Wisconsin Technical College System President, will welcome the attendees to Wisconsin.

The conference also includes workshops and professional development and technical training seminars for teachers in the areas of science, technology and engineering education.

At 9 a.m. on March 27, Peg Williams, senior vice president of Research and Development for Cray—the Supercomputer Company—will address the delegation on the topic of innovation and technological change in the global economy.

About Gateway Technical College: Gateway Technical College collaborates with communities in Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties to ensure economic growth and viability by providing education, training, leadership and technological resources to meet the changing needs of students, employers and communities.

About ITEEA: to learn more about ITEEA or it EEA Annual Conference or its awards programs, contact ITEEA by phone: 703-860-2100, fax: 703-860-0353, email:, or visit the website at