Session 1: Reality Bites
The day started by taking a look at The Big Picture. What are our goals? What's at stake? Where do the opportunities and obstacles lie?
Welcome & Introduction: Ralph J. Cicerone, president, National Academy of Sciences
Facing the Storm: Why Science and Engineering Matter in the 21st Century: Charles M. Vest, president, National Academy of Engineering, president emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology: Karen Cator, director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education
No Superman: Steven Connell, poet
Storytelling: Sean B. Carroll, vice president for science education, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Math in the Movies: Making It All Add Up: Tony DeRose, senior scientist and lead of the Research Group at Pixar Animation Studios
Session 2: Each One, Teach One
In this session we zoom in and focus on what's happening in science classrooms across America. Because, really, that is where it all starts.
The Dynamics of Creative Education: Sir Ken Robinson, internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity and innovation.
Are You Smarter Than a Ninth Grader?: Janet English, award-winning science teacher
Zigzagging: Learning, Entertainment, and Innovation: Lizabeth Fogel, director of education, The Walt Disney Company
Session 3: Technically Speaking
Making movies, teaching students, creating video games, spreading knowledge, producing a television series, and learning science all depend on technology. Which means that televisions, game decks, desktops, laptops, and hand-held tablets entertain as well as educate. Given this shared dependence on technology, you have to ask: What's next?
Entertainment and Education: A Reconcilliation: Will Wright, game developer
The Secret Lessons of Venn Diagrams: Sekou, poet
Joint Performance by Steven Connell & Sekou
A Conversation Among Friends: A panel with string theorist Brian Greene, middle school science teacher Tyler Johnstone, and film director Jerry Zucker. Moderated by broadcast journalist Miles O'Brien.
Session 4: Bringing Down the House
We took you out into the world, put you back in the science classroom, and then gave you a guided virtual technology tour of what's next. Now it is time to hear from our React and Share groups as they share their big takeaways from the day to find opportunities for convergence among the science, entertainment, and education communities.
A Time to Share: Moderated by Vicki Chandler from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Tom Shadyac, Director/Producer, I Am