Last year, I traveled to Denver for the 2016 NSTA STEM Forum with a mission: Evaluate whether this conference could be a good fit for STEMx members to join.

I left Colorado impressed. More than 1,000 attendees had participated and I’d met an enthusiastic coalition of STEM educators. But our team wanted to do more than just attend.

Working with David Evans, president of NSTA (and member of the STEMx Advisory Board), and his team, we built a plan for 2017. STEMx would provide a full track of sessions. Including six presentations before the formal start of NSTA’s forum.

Throughout all three days, members from around STEMx would learn and chat with the NSTA members.

Now, as I get back on the plane to D.C., I get to look back.

What a ride! This year’s STEM forum was packed, with more than 1,800 attendees. I was able to attend many of the sessions by STEMx members, and see powerful presentations and full rooms. Our six pre-conference sessions each boasted more than 100 participants. And I understand South Carolina’s Jodi Zeis filled her 200 person room to overflowing. Congratulations to all our presenters!

Best of all, many of you were able to join us. I counted representatives from nine different STEMx member states.

And NSTA, I hear, is headed to Pennsylvania next year. Science educators, we’ll see you there!

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