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History of The NWO Symposium


The symposium is sponsored by the Northwest Ohio Center of Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (NWO) and its partners throughout the region. This event offers a valuable opportunity for P-16 educators to share and learn from one another in our common effort to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for people of all ages.

Last year we had more than 500 attendees at this event, including in-service and pre-service teachers, higher education faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and business and community partners participating in more than 60 sessions. We are expecting even greater numbers this year and indeed have more than 70 presentations. This year, vendors will again participate so as to keep educators abreast of new and exciting classroom materials and opportunities. Additionally, attendees will be allowed to examine new textbooks, pick up equipment for classroom use, and preview some of the new classroom technologies now available.

We are very grateful to Penta Career Center for providing the physical facilities for last year’s Symposium. We admire their new state-of-the-art building and the wonderful work that they are doing and we look forward to strengthening our partnership with them in advancing STEM education throughout the region. We invite you to pay special attention to their capabilities and programs while you are here.

We hope that you find the 2015 NWO Symposium on Science, Mathematics, and Technology Teaching to be an even more beneficial experience than last year. So far we have succeeded in meeting the fiscal challenges of the current economic situation. While we have been able to offer the Symposium at no cost to participants until now, due to changes in our funding this may not be possible in the future. We hope that you will be able to continue to participate and support us as we adapt to the changing financial climate. With your help, we will continue to make this symposium the premier STEM professional development opportunity for educators in Northwest Ohio. Thank you for joining us!


Dr. Bob Midden,
NWO Director