Nov 15, 2023

Jack Kilby STEM Day returns to Barton with keynote speaker Kate Biberdorf

Posted Nov 15, 2023 10:30 AM
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Barton Community College

GREAT BEND — Author of kid-friendly books, “Kate the Chemist: The Big Book of Experiments” and “Dragons vs. Unicorns,” Dr. Kate Biberdorf, will be the keynote speaker at the 19th annual Jack Kilby Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Day from 9:15-10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Her speech is free and open to the public.

As an associate professor of instruction at the University of Texas, Biberdorf is known for her theatrical and hands-on approach to teaching, and for breaking down the stereotypical image of a scientist by blowing stuff up while in a good pair of heels. The key to her approach is how she relates with students who might otherwise be intimidated by science by utilizing emotional responses rather than the memorization of facts.

Biberdorf is the author of science-themed children's books, including her most recent release, “It’s Elemental: Chemistry in Everything,” released in the summer of 2021. It is a chemistry guide that explains the science we experience every day. She has also appeared on the “Today” show, “NBC Nightly News,” “Wendy Williams,” and “Late Night with Stephen Colbert.”

Jack Kilby STEM Day is designed to increase student interest in STEM majors and careers by providing opportunities for high school students to participate in breakout sessions led by STEM professionals.  Hands-on activities related to each presenter’s field give students a chance to "try out” various jobs.  

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