WHO: Mayor Michael A. Nutter
Dr. Lori Shorr, Chief Education Officer
Darrell Williams, Vice President of Operations, Certain Teed Ceilings a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain
Diane Melley, Vice President, Global Citizenship Initiatives, IBM
Dr. Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Director of Fels Planetarium Programs, The Franklin Institute (Keynote Speaker)
WHAT: Mayor Nutter will participate in the launch event for US2020 PHL, a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) youth mentoring initiative. The event will include a panel discussion with local STEM leaders highlighting the importance of STEM learning opportunities for youth and the current STEM efforts in Philadelphia.
Following the panel discussion, Mayor Nutter and US2020 PHL title sponsor Saint-Gobain will announce the details for the US2020 PHL high-impact STEM mentoring model, which features an online STEM resource center and volunteer matching platform.
In May 2014, Philadelphia was selected as one of seven winning cities in the US2020 City Competition for STEM Mentorship, which challenged cities to develop innovative models for dramatically increasing the number of STEM professionals mentoring and teaching students through hands-on projects. US2020 is specifically focused on increasing STEM opportunities and STEM excitement for girls, underrepresented minorities and children from low-income families.
WHERE: 3417 Spruce Street, University of Pennsylvania, Houston Hall (Hall of Flags)
WHEN: Monday, September 15, 2014
8:30 AM – Registration
9:00 AM – Welcome and Keynote Address by Dr. Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Director of Fels Planetarium Programs, The Franklin Institute
9:20 AM – STEM Panel Discussion – hosted by Technically Philly’s Juliana Reyes and featuring panelists: Mayor Michael Nutter; Darrell Williams, Vice President of Operations, Certain Teed Ceilings, Saint-Gobain; Dr. Helen Giles-Gee, President, University of the Sciences; and Chris Lehmann, Principal, Science Leadership Academy.
10:10 AM – Press conference announcing the details of US2020 PHL
10:45 AM – US2020 PHL Coalition Meeting and Information Center
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM – Lunch and STEM Community Mixer Event