Ambassador Q&A

Date: April 24, 2024
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Online
Blue graphic featuring the logos for and DoD STEM with text: "Ambassador Q&A with Dr. Darin Gray, DoD STEM Ambassador; Eric Moore, Vice President of Programs, TGR Foundation; April 24, 2024

Join NCWIT at 3 pm PT | 4 pm MT | 5 pm CT | 5 pm ET on Wednesday, April 24th, to learn more about the DoD STEM Ambassadors — a cohort program of outstanding educators who work together to create and curate remote learning and digital materials such as lesson plans, learning activities, and creative engagement approaches to be shared with educators. The application for next year’s cohort of STEM Ambassadors is opening soon. Register now to hear our guest speakers share program specifics, insights about the STEM Ambassador experience, and get your questions answered!

Learn more about the DoD STEM Ambassadors program and current cohort online:

Tune in to get the answers to the following questions, and more:

  • Are you recruiting for the military?
  • What is the time commitment?
  • What have you personally gained?
  • How do you know if the people you shared information with are using the DoD STEM resources?
  • How do you use NCWIT resources
  • Describe your background and how why you applied to the STEM Ambassadors program.
  • What would you say are some key benefits of participating in the STEM Ambassadors program?
  • How has your participation with the STEM Ambassadors program impacted your students?
  • Looking back, what do you wish you’d know prior to submitting your application?
  • Describe the time commitment and how you’ve balanced multiple priorities to be successful.
  • What else would you like to share about your experience?
  • What do you see yourself doing with this experience in the future?

Meet the speakers:

Dr. Darin Gray, the first DoD STEM Ambassador hosted by NCWIT, is the Director of the USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center. In this capacity, Dr. Gray oversees Center logistics and operations, supervises STEM outreach to K-12 students, forges new partnerships with STEM organizations within and outside of the University, and oversees data driven program analyses. He also teaches an introduction to engineering course and a cybersecurity seminar. In his role as the 2023-2024 NCWIT DoDSTEM Ambassador, he works with other STEM Ambassadors to collaborate on tools for educators to use. Dr. Gray plans to focus on making STEM accessible and culturally responsive, and has presented at the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s Annual Conference, National Association for College Admission Counseling’s Guiding the Way to Inclusion Conference, American Society of Engineering Education Conference, the California STEM Symposium, the State of STEM Conference, the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, and the Magnet Schools of America Conference.

Eric Moore, Vice President of Programs for the TGR Foundation — a Tiger Woods Charity, oversees the Foundation’s professional development programs for educators as well as its online platform, in addition supporting partnership activation and engagement.  A former teacher and STEM education advocate, Eric has over 15 years of experience in providing formal and informal learning experiences with both students and educators.  Throughout his time at TGR Foundation, Eric has launched and managed multiple STEM expanded learning campuses across the country, guided the development of an online platform that houses no-cost learning resources, directed the Foundation’s professional development strategy, and managed the DoD STEM Ambassador program on behalf of the Department of Defense STEM Education Consortium (DSEC).  He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, where he also received his Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

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