DoD STEM Ambassador Q&A

This exciting webinar, hosted by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and funded by DoD STEM focused on the DoD STEM Ambassadors program, featuring a panel of experts who will share their insights and experiences with K-12 educators. Our panelists include current and past DoD STEM educators who will share their journeys through the program and the impact participation had on them. Learn more about the ways the DoD STEM project is working to make a difference in the lives of students through investment in the professional development of educators. This event is designed for K-12 educators, both formal and informal, who are interested in learning more about the DoD STEM Ambassador program and how to become a DoD STEM Ambassador. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with a dynamic panel of experts and learn more about how this unique opportunity can help transform your career as an educator.

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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