NC Science Festival 2021

The NC Science Festival 2021 is under way!  

This year, the NC Science Festival includes more than 200 events in person and online and features STEM educators from across the state.  The Mathematics and Science Education Center joins in with a series of highlighted events, resources, and a roster of speakers and online demonstrations!  Follow us on facebook or twitter for more information.  

 "Returning to the Moon: How and Why We Must Go" with Camile Bergin Calibeo - April 27

Join us at 6:00 pm EDT for a presentation and discussion on Returning to the Moon: How and Why We Must Go with Camile Bergin Calibeo of Lockheed Martin Advanced Space Programs Business Strategies.  To register for this event, visit this link

About her talk: It’s been over 50 years since humanity last stepped foot on our closest celestial body - the Moon. Now there’s a huge push to return, and this time... for good. Why is that? And what does it take to actually live on the Moon? In this talk, Lockheed Martin engineer Camille Calibeo will take you on a journey through the ins and outs of settling the Moon - from the technologies and partnerships that will take us there, to the policies and regulations that will enable us to thrive there.

About Camile Bergin Calibeo: Camille Calibeo (formerly Bergin) is an aerospace engineer and business strategist at Lockheed Martin Space in Denver, Colorado. As a Watauga County native, she attended Parkway Elementary School and Watauga High School before completing her high school years playing trumpet at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She then studied aerospace engineering at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and graduated top of her class in 2019 prior to starting her career at Lockheed Martin. As an engineer at Lockheed Martin, she worked on the Orion Crew Capsule which is an element of the Artemis program that will be taking humanity back to the Moon for the first time in over 50 years. Now she works as a business strategist developing strategies for cutting edge technologies that protect Earth, enhance life on our home planet, and expand humanity’s reach into the solar system. She also runs a science communication platform, The Galactic Gal, on social media where she works to make space accessible to everyone and empower women in STEM. 


"Land-Centered Pedagogy" with Dr. Mae Hey - April 8

Join us at 6:00 pm EDT for a presentation and discussion on Land-Centered Pedagogy with Dr. Mae Hey of Virginia Tech University.  To register for this event, visit this link.  

About her talk: Learning is defined as a change in behavior and it occurs best in the presence of healthy relationships between teachers and students. When we learn ‘science,’ we are actually learning to speak a new language—the language of Nature. Nature is the most patient and enduring teacher we will ever have and, because her rhythms were preexisting and absolute before our arrival, we must learn her ways to participate well within her established and complex systems to survive and thrive. Nature teaches her language, culture, and balanced re-generational ways on and in her own time to those who are able to see her lessons; the human teacher must learn ways to support that interaction and scaffold ways to gradually step back from the engagement until direct communication between Nature and student is seamless.

I would like to discuss a Land-centered learning program I have developed that helps those living on occupied land grow in knowledge, wellness, empowerment, community, and sustainability, especially during this past year of isolation and civil unrest. It is the life-giving energy, often associated with feminine Medicine, that allows for this teaching, learning, and healing. 

About Dr. Hey: Dr. Hey's undergraduate education focused on geology, geography, and human-Nature relationships.  Her PhD focused on the confluence of Indigenous worldview/knowledge and science education, a natural blending of traditional local knowledge and practices that support creative problem-solving, human empowerment, community capacity buidling, and a more sustainable future.  Additionally, her dissertation work allowered her to explore strategies for effectively working with Native populations as well as maintaining the integrity of authentic Indigenous voice through the process of research and reporting.  Hey completed a two-year InclusiveVT postdoctoral fellowship under the Office of Inclusion and Diversity with the American Indian and Indigenous Alliance during which she nurtured relationships with tribal communities in Virginia to aid in experiential learning and appliced research programs at Virginia Tech. 

Much of Dr. Mae Hey’s work is focused on critical participation, which is defined as reflective actions in the real world, occurring in real time, for the purpose of knowledge production and transformation in the present. As a  critical participant she creates relational spaces through thoughtful and persistent engagement within communities. This work is often highly undervalued within the settler-colonial system that promotes objectivity as a  ‘participant observer.' Therefore, her work becomes challenging for the academy to frame,  forcing it into a ’Negative space’—a space previously unimagined by many to be in existence or necessary. However, as having been a geologist, she knows that much life-sustaining potential, like the interstitial  spaces between rocks that store water, are often overlooked until needed, but ultimately become imperative and sought after to enable survival.

She is now an InclusiveVT Faculty Fellow for the Office for Inclusion and Diversity, Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, Faculty Fellow for the Leadership and Social Change Residential College at Virginia Tech, Faculty Fellow for the Virginia Tech Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation, and Faculty Affiliate for the Virginia Tech Food Studies Program. She is a Sequoyah Fellow and serves on the Curriculum Committee for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. She is an active member of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance’s Indigenous culinary mentorship program.

Dr. Mae Hey