Explore STEM Teaching

You’re walking out of school, excited, chatting with friends, laughing about what happened in your science class as you tried to knock out tiny drosophila for a few minutes while you check out their eye color…and then have that aha moment when you understand why you have brown eyes!  Ever wonder what your teacher did to make that lesson so engaging for you so that you not only had fun, but learned something about what makes you….you?  Ever wonder what kind of heart, mind and spirit it takes to shepherd a group of 30 students through a successful school year in which each of them end the year feeling good about who they are, what they know and how they can use what they know?  Well….maybe you would like to explore STEM teaching as a career!

PRISE invites you to explore the world of STEM Teaching at the first annual

STEM Educator Career Exploration Fair!

Saturday, March 26, 2022 – 9:00am to 12:00 pm

Temple University Science Education and Research Center  (SERC)

1925 N. 12th Street, Phila. PA 19122

Here’s what you can expect when you come to the Fair – Inspiring speakers, information about your pathway to STEM Teaching, fun, food, and prizes!  Register here!

9:00-10:00:Keynote Speakers

Tasnim Aziz is a Bryn Mawr Noyce Scholar, with a master’s degree from University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Tasnim has taught science at SLA Beeber, facilitated teacher professional development for PRISE and is currently a Ph.D. student at Columbia University working with Chris Emdin where she contributed to his latest book: STEM, STEAM, Make, Dream: Reimagining the Culture of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Dr. Paul Morgan is the founder and director of West Chester University’s certificate programs in Education for Sustainability (EFS) and from 2011 to 2014 served as the University’s Sustainability Coordinator. Dr. Morgan is the director of the PA-SMART grant funded for STEM Education for Sustainability – linking schools and communities.  Paul has been working with Philadelphia teachers and students to use STEM to make a difference in local communities. Dr. Morgan chairs the board of ACEER (Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research) 

10:00-11:00:Breakout sessions

1. High School Students

    • Important high school courses for a STEM career
    • Extracurricular programs for quality STEM experiences
    • College pathways to a STEM teaching career

2. College STEM Students

    • Plan of study leading to STEM Certification in PA
    • Internships and Summer Programs with STEM teaching opportunities
    • Human and Financial Resources needed for the pathway

3. STEM Graduates and Career Changers

    • Alternative pathways to the classroom
    • Challenges/rewards of transitioning to teaching
    • Experiences of career changers

11:00 – 12:00:Exhibitor Hall Open – 25 exciting Exhibitors will help you find your path to STEM Teaching whether you are a high school student, college student, post-grad or career changer!

Connect with a variety of STEM educator pathway exhibitors in our exhibitor hall!


Watch the video below to get an idea of why other young people chose to go into STEM teaching, get an idea of what drives their passion for learning and making a difference in the lives of people!  This could be YOU!

Want to know how to become a teacher in Pennsylvania? 

Check out the resources at the PA Department of Education. Here you will find a clear pathway to becoming a teacher in Pennsylvania.  You can also find information on various sites online like Best Colleges, but probably, the best way to find out how to become a STEM teacher in Pennsylvania is to talk to your career counselor in school or go directly to a specific college or university where you might like to get your bachelor’s degree…the first step on the credentialed pathway.  
We encourage you to explore the institutions of higher education that are part of the PRISE partnership.  Find out about our contacts at each of these schools and talk to them about what they have to offer you academically, socially and financially at their college or university!


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