IMMAWII/SC STEM Hub Education Day
Virtual Sankofa Room
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How does it work?
This is your VIP Pass to IMMAWII's Education Day Virtual Sankofa Room. The word "sankofa" comes from the Akan tribe in Ghana, and it means "go back and get."

What do you get in this email:
  • 9 STEM career talks
  • 3 hands-on STEM workshops
  • 1 art-STEM workshop
  • 1 literacy read-aloud

How can you use the materials?

  • Incorporate into related lessons.
  • Engage students during inside recess or advisement times.
  • Use for out-of-school experiences, such as clubs or Scouts.
  • Select pieces and share in your own class newsletter.
  • Extend learning for interested or advanced students.
  • Share the experience as a family and learn together.
  • Or, better yet, let us know how you used it! Send us a note.

The Sankofa Room is a special 2021 addition! It's a digital web-based collection that's full of workshops, demos, and career speakers. You can access the links up to one year after the kick-off. Check out the highlights below.

The SC STEM Hub will house this link on our website's festival page.
STEM Career Speakers
Hosted by the SC STEM Hub, there is SOMETHING for EVERYONE in these conversations!

We sat down with STEM professionals across the state and asked them questions about their career path. Conversations include rough patches, Olympic trials, and pivotal moments. Hear stories that pull at your heart and inspire greatness. Because their message have something in common: If they can forge a road to success, SO CAN YOU!

A-Z STEM Career Speakers
Amiah Gooding
  • Electrical Engineer/Hardware Developer, IBM
  • NSBE Member

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Anderson Sainci
  • Resource Management Coordinator, City of Dubuque
  • NE Regional STEM Advisory Board Member

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Ed Moreno
  • Water Superintendent, City of Iowa City (from 1994-2015)

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Eric Idehen
  • Community Development Vice President, Wells Fargo

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Kendra Hilson
  • Senior Biostatistician, Health Decisions
  • Jewels Academy Board Member

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LaTonya Holmes
  • Learning & Development Advisor, East Penn Manufacturing

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Theresa Agbaje
  • Manufacturing Engineer, Collins Aerospace

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Tony Kioko
  • Assistant Director of IT Engineering, Principal

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Dr. Udoyara Sunday Tim
  • ISU Professor & Researcher, Envir. Justice & Geography of Climate Change Vulnerability

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Hands-On STEM Workshops
Hosted by the SC STEM Hub

We partnered with three incredible organizations to bring hands-on virtual workshops your way! Easy-to-understand directions, simple-to-find supply lists, and energized presenters. Use at home, with a class, or for an afterschool meeting.

A-Z STEM Workshops
Workshop Resources:
Complete Curriculum Guides and Resources:
Complete Curriculum Guides and Resources:
History, Art, Literacy & More
Don Tate
Watch Don Tate’s Illustrator Workshop, featuring his new book SWISH!: The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters.

  • Award-winning illustrator of over 80 books. Contributor of the Brown Bookshelf Blog.
  • Learn how he researched the Globetrotter’s celebrations & challenges.
  • Watch how he plans, drafts and reworks to get the story right.
  • Be inspired by his childhood journey of understanding words.
  • See art and tech collide with his digital illustrations.
This event is sponsored by the Iowa-Minnesota chapter of the. To learn more about writing/illustrating for children, visit Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
Watch the workshop here: LINK
Meredith Burkhall
Listen to Meredith Burkhall's read-aloud of SWISH!: The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters.

Meredith Burkhall played basketball for Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa State University, and a pro team in Dublin, Ireland. With a degree in Family Services and a Masters of Business Administration, she's had a pandemic pivot and is back in Iowa. During the day, you'll find her working for Polk County. In the evenings and on weekends, you'll find her coaching at Kingdom Hoops. On top of that, she's taking a moment to share an important story about the sport she loves.
2021 Booklist

Don Tate
  • SWISH!: The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters

Rachelle Chase
  • Lost Buxton
  • Creating the Black Uptopia of Buxton, Iowa

Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.
  • The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys
  • Everyday White People Racial & Social Injustice: 15 Stories
Education Day Featured...
Biz Pitch and Historical Oratory Contests went virtual this year. Winners will be announced.
Thank you to the over 1200 students and educators who joined IMMAWII for Education Day. Here are a few highlights.

Check out these incredible keynotes!
This African storytelling performance highlighted two queens and one king. Participants learned history, dance, and culture through a creative, inspiring experience.

Moore shared his research and advice on STEM + Economics, encouraging African American students (and everyone) to build wealth, starting now!
Performance Poem:
"Lift Every Voice and Sing"
"Lift Every Voice and Sing" began as a poem. Written by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson, his brother set it to music, and it is often sung at celebrations across the United States. For this performance, two Cedar Falls sisters brought the words to life in a special performance.
Wait--there was more!
Celebration Day Highlights
Celebration Day Highlights

  • Actor Christian Keyes
  • Lifestyle Guru Nikki Boyd
  • Your Queens African Storytellers
  • Isiserettes Drum & Drill Corps
  • Morning Pump Up
  • Incredible Performances
  • Inspiring Workshops
SC STEM Hub located at Drake partners with organizations to introduce and inspire preK-12 students' interest in STEM. If you're interested in starting a festival in your community, please reach out to the Hub. Currently, we are looking toward the 2021-22 school year and beyond. To date, all plans are virtual. Email with STEM Fest Inquiry in the subject line.