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Thank you to all who organized and presented at the RISTA/RIMTA

STEM Super Saturday 

on September 23rd at LaSalle Academy

Special thanks to:

Robyn Poulsen and Texas Instruments for sponsoring


Page Keeley for delivering a fantastic Keynote address!  

Review of Program and Presenters

Check out the Uncovering Student Ideas series of formative assessment probes written by Page Keeley and articles authored by Page on the NSTA Website.

TI STEM Super Saturday, Sept 23, 2023

Nominate a Colleague or Apply for:

2023-2024 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for K-6

Recognizing exceptional educators since 1983, the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (click here to review PAEMST Program) is the highest honors bestowed by the White House for K-12 STEM teaching. Celebrate a deserving teacher in your community by nominating them for a Presidential Award.  Awards are given to science, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics teachers from each of the 50 states.  Questions can be directed to the RI PAEMST Coordinator, Erin Escher.

David Upegui (2017 | Science | Rhode Island) receiving his Presidential Award at the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

*********************************************************************************RI STEAM Educator Awards (3 awardees)

The Rhode Island STEAM Center and the Rhode Island Department of Education invite nominations for the 2023 Rhode Island STEAM Educator Awards. During RI STEAM Month in November, we will recognize one elementary (grades PK-5) educator, one middle school (grades 6-8) educator, and one high school (grades 9-12) educator who have demonstrated success in designing and facilitating student-centered Integrated STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts+design, Mathematics) learning that engages the next generation of innovative thinkers.  Each awardee will receive a classroom award of $1000 and a personal award of $500 from the RI STEAM Center, funded by RI Energy.

Completed applications are due by Friday, October 27, 2023. More details can be found at the RIDE STEM page and the Online Application can be accessed at this link.  Reach out to Carolyn Higgins for more information.

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THANK YOU to all who made RISTA's Astronaut Lollapalooza 


Check out NASA Recording of the RISTA DownLink from September 14, 2023 with ISS Astronauts  Jasmin Moghbeli & Frank Rubio answering RI Students' Questions


Thank you to all who contributed to our Statewide NASA Lollapalooza:

NASA Crew ISS Astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli and Frank Rubio

Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed and Communications Officer Erin Arcand

NASA Educators Rebecca G. Anton (Guardians of Honor), Karen Whitfield (LARC-B9) (Guardians of Honor), Kelly McCarthy (SSC-UA00), and Matthew Pearce (GISS-1600)

NASA Lollapalooza Planning Committee Kathryn Jessen Eller, Cathy Jimenez Long, Helaine Hagar, Tiffany Risch, and Jay Fogleman

Cranston High School West Steve Scappaticci and Jen Cowart

RI Space Grant Director Ralph Milliken, Program Manager Nancy Ciminelli

NASA Q & A Panelists NASA Artemis Program Engineer, Aaron Horning, Brown Professor and Canadian Astronaut Finalist, Dr. Peter Lee, RI Space Grant Director, Dr. Ralph Milliken, and Space Grant Student Kierra Wilk

Roger Williams Museum of Natural History and Planetarium Director Renee Gamba

Brown University Space Experts Ingrid Dauber, Alexia Rojas, Melly Meyer, Ellen Buckley, Sam Birch, Peter Lee, Ryan Herring

Participating Schools and Teachers Who Sent Video Questions: Achievement First, David Upegui of Central Falls High School, Cathy Jimenez Long of Cranston High School West, Tiffany Risch and Joyce Woodrow of Coventry High School, Jillian Schneider of Kickemuit Middle School in Warren, Jim Kaczynski of Lawn Avenue School in Jamestown, Diana McLaughlin of Monsignor Clarke Catholic Regional School in Wakefield, Michelle Pereira of Nayatt Elementary School in Barrington, Susan Unger of St. Peter School in Warwick, and Jessica Higgins of Wilbur & McMahon School in Little Compton.

RISTA Board Members and Liaisons

Everyone who contributed to and participated in this enriching experience for Rhode Island Students

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