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2018 STEM Summit — Central Appalachia: Bridging Classroom and Community

November 13, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm UTC-5

This year’s summit will bring people from industry, the community and our schools together for the purpose of learning about and discussing innovative ways to support education in our region.

Our focus this year is on making connections, so we will spend more time in conversation -- see our new session formats below.


This year we’re encouraging discussion and relationship-building by incorporating more non-traditional meeting formats, including:

  • Student Research Presentations. High school, undergraduate and graduate students will share their research findings and gain valuable feedback on their work. Each presenter will deliver a 3-minute poster or 5 slides to the general audience, followed by a showcase where student presenters can engage with audience members.
  • Panel to Table. Two or more stakeholders will discuss a specific topic and field questions before moving into smaller round table discussions led by facilitators.
  • Lightning Talks in Pecha Kucha style. Presenters will share 20 slides for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). The format keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, allowing for similar topics to be grouped into multiple-speaker sessions.
  • Half-Hour Lecture: Presenters will have 30 mins to share their expertise with topics focused on a particular solution, tool or resource.
  • Workshop: Facilitators will have 60 minutes to lead participants through a hands-on or discussion-based activity.

Central Appalachia Stem Summit


Students, business and community leaders, teachers, and administrators are invited to join Virginia Tech, the United Way of SW Virginia and the IGNITE program, University of Virginia - Wise, SWVA Technology Council, Eastern TN STEM Hub, East Tennessee State University, the Barter Theatre, Vibrant Virginia, and more!

Call for proposals

We are requesting proposals related to this year’s theme of Bridging Classroom and Community. How does your organization or classroom reach across to others interested in supporting strong educational ties? Examples of topics may include internship programs for students and teachers, unique collaboration methods, innovative field trip strategies, creating local and online STEM communities, and more. Proposals will be accepted between August 20  and September 24.

Submit a proposal

Simply fill out the form found at bit.do/stemsummit2018 before September 24.

The committee will review all proposals and responses will be sent to all applicants no later than October 12.


November 13, 2018
8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Abingdon, VA
One Partnership Circle
Abingdon, VA 24212 United States
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