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Listen In: Leveraging Game-based Learning to Increase STEM Engagement

Irvine, Calif., Aug 24, 2015 WHAT: STEMconnector, in collaboration with MIND Research Institute, will host an online town hall, "Leveraging Game-Based Learning to Increase STEM Engagement." Hear from educational game experts, teachers and students about the real-world impact of learning through games. Explore examples of how students have taken ownership of their learning experiences, honed social skills and used collaborative learning techniques by building their own math games. Look beyond the achievement gap into the “experience gap” where too many students miss out on the rich, hands-on mathematical experiences that lead to deeper learning and greater joy in the education process – and discuss how games can help bridge this gap.

WHEN: 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern, Tuesday, August 25, 2015

WHERE: Online via Google+ Hangouts On Air. A link to the event page is provided upon registration .

• Shannon Duncan, 6th Grade Math and Science Teacher, McPherson Magnet School, Orange County, CA

• Eileen Buckley, Corporate Responsibility, PricewaterhouseCoopers

• Nigel Nisbet, Vice President of Content Creation, MIND Research Institute

• Greg Toppo, National K-12 Education Reporter, USA Today

• Kedar, 6-year-old game designer

• Jemma, 7th grader, 2014 National K-12 Game-a-thon challenge winner

About STEMconnector®
STEMconnector® is a consortium of companies, associations, societies, policy organizations, government entities, universities and academic institutions concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital. With several products and services, STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link “all things STEM.” STEMconnector®’s network includes organizations at the global, national, state and local levels. STEMconnector® focuses on the STEM workforce and jobs, with a particular emphasis on diversity and women. Our work spans the entire pipeline (Kindergarten to Jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers.

About MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute is a neuroscience and education social benefit organization, dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. MIND's distinctive visual approach to math and problem-solving is the basis of its innovative, research-proven ST Math® programs for elementary and secondary schools. The visually-based ST Math program has been shown to double or triple schools’ growth rates in math proficiency. MIND's programs currently reach 800,000 students and 31,000 teachers in 2,500 schools in 40 states. For more information, visit

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