Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana
September 22 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Join the explorer lab team in Baton Rouge for the PAR Annual Conference and Luncheon, “A Learning Experience: Innovations for Early Childhood and Beyond”
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. – PAR Membership & Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. – PAR Talks
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. -Patron’s Reception (invitation required; Presenting and Gold table sponsors only)
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Lesli Rotenberg
Co-Chairs: Charles Landry & Virginia Freeman Rowan
The Verizon Innovative Learning explorer lab is an immersive learning experience that combines movie-quality video, special effects, and educational gaming to get kids excited about STEM. Participants climb aboard a custom-built motorcoach bus experience a futuristic research lab that virtually transports them to outer space and lands on Mars.
The program introduces middle school students to the engineering design process as they must work in groups to design, communicate, and test rovers before they travel to Mars. Once on Mars, students must adapt their rovers to finish their mission, improving initial prototypes using tables and data charts to help construct a finalized design.
The Verizon explorer lab will be making a special appearance at the PAR Conference on April 17. Conference attendees may sign up in advance for a ten-minute trip to Mars between 10 am and 12 pm. Sign-ups are available at http://bit.ly/PARexpbus, space is limited.
The explorer lab will also host an open house following the luncheon speaker, from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.