STEMIEFest 2022 was a success! Thank you to all the Keynote Speakers, Presenters, and Attendees for making it so.  Stay tuned for recordings.

Meet Our Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote (12:15 pm - 1:00 pm EST)

Dr. K Renee Horton is a NASA Quality Engineer at Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans. She is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and works diligently in the community for STEM education and STEM outreach. Renee believes in changing the face of STEM. She is the founder of Unapologetically Being, Inc., a nonprofit for advocacy and mentoring in STEM.

Closing Keynote (3:00 pm - 3:45 pm EST)

Carmen Bogan is a children’s author, publisher, and frequent speaker. Her picture book, "Where’s Rodney?" (Yosemite Conservancy, 2017) illustrated by the award-winning artist, Floyd Cooper, was a starred Kirkus Best Picture Book of the Year, and a Junior Library Guild selection, which received numerous glowing reviews.  The sequel to "Where’s Rodney?", "Tasha’s Words," is slated for publishing by Yosemite Conservancy in 2023. Carmen is a recipient of the New Voices Award from Lee & Low Books.

An adult with two toddlers on her lap reading a book together

Presenters: Shannon Stark Guss, Jaclyn Bauer, and Julie Sarama

Target Audience: Center-based infants-toddlers practitioners

A Black woman and a Black girl smiling and playing with colorful blocks

Presenters: Elica Sharifnia and Doug Clements

Target Audience: Center-based preschool practitioners

Miami Children's museum and Kidzu museum logo

Presenters: Natalie Williams, Zuzel Oria, & Katy Espinales from Miami Children’s Museum, Melanie Levinson & Samantha Shannon from Kidzu Children’s Musuem, with Jessica Amsbary from STEMIE

Target Audience: Informal STEM learning professionals (e.g., museums, libraries)

A Black man holding a bowl in one hand and a spoon in another. He  is holding out the spoon for a baby who is seated in a high chair.

Presenters: Pip Campbell & Hsiu-Wen Yang

Target Audience: Early intervention practitioners

A young child and his grandpa each holding up a 'camera' made from blocks pretending to take photos

Presenters: Christine Harradine, STEMIE & Family Co-Presenters Toni Miguel; & Sarah Pedonti

Target Audience: Families

3 adults with laptops sitting next to each other and looking over at the person in the middle's laptop

Presenters: Chih-ing Lim and Ann Sam

Target Audience: Faculty and professional development providers


  • 12:00 - 12:15 pm EST: Opening remarks by Valerie Williams, Director of Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education
  • 12:15 - 1:00 pm EST: Opening Keynote by Renee Horton (NASA Quality Engineer)
  • 1:00-1:15 pm EST: Break
  • 1:15-2:45 pm EST: Concurrent Sessions
  • 2:45-3:00 pm EST: Break
  • 3:00-3:45 pm EST: Closing Keynote by Carmen Bogan (Author of Where's Rodney?)
  • 3:45-4:00 pm EST: Closing remarks