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2021 Virtual STEAM Academy


Region 4’s 2021 Virtual STEAM Academy Conference will be held on Thursday, June 17, 2021. Our goal is to provide an exceptional hands-on and interactive STEAM-focused professional learning experience for all attendees. This event is aligned with Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) STEM education efforts and goals, which include 
  • ensuring equitable access to STEM programming across Texas; 
  • increasing student outcomes and helping guide students into relevant and engaging pathways that prepare them for future learning; and 
  • vertically aligning efforts to allow earlier exposure to STEM-integrated thinking. 
Can a virtual conference provide a hands-on and interactive experience? Yes, it can! Our commitment is to provide the same conference experience in a virtual environment as we would provide through a face-to-face conference. This exciting event will include an opportunity for you to engage with STEAM tools and resources as solid professional development is facilitated virtually. 
We will have a limited number of hands-on sessions. These hands-on sessions are inclusive of a tool or resource and the supplies needed for the session will be shipped to you prior to the conference.
For more information, click here.


Allen Antoine


Allen Antoine, MEd, is the associate director of mathematics and computer science of the Rice Office of STEM Engagement (R-STEM). In this role, he specializes in providing lesson ideas, professional development, and teacher mentoring in the fields of mathematics and computer science. Some of his specific points of emphasis include culturally responsive teaching strategies, inquiry-based learning, and increasing numeracy. Additionally, Antoine works with the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) through WeTeach_CS. As the project director for the Computing Educator Diversity Initiative, he has championed equity and inclusion in computer science in the state of Texas and has traveled across the country facilitating teacher preparation courses for high school computer science competency exams. He also serves as a master teacher for Bootstrap, a program that aims to implement computer science principles in mathematics classrooms. Antoine holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Xavier University of Louisiana and an MEd in Teacher Leadership from Lamar University.


Richard Embrick

Richard Embrick has taught science and engineering for more than a decade working with nontraditional STEM students in one of the most diverse school districts in the US. His work has led to five state teaching awards and a national award with Shell and the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA). His students have been recognized nationally with various STEM competitions including those sponsored by Samsung, ProjectCSGIRLS, eCYBERMISSION, AEOP, SeaPerch, and others. He is also the recipient of more than $115,000 in teaching grants. He is a former chair of the FBISD Teacher Forum Leadership Council and currently serves as a member. He is the current chairperson to the NSTA Shell Teaching Award Panel and serves on the advisory committee to TEA for HB 3. He is a founding member of STEMbrick Academy and serves on the board for ANNTechnologies Inc., a student-run 503(b) nonprofit company for aspiring engineers. Embrick teaches at David Crockett Middle School and is the district STEM facilitator overseeing 14 campuses in Richmond, Texas.


Shaina Glass

Shaina Glass is the Program Director of Technology Applications & STEM in Aldine Independent School District. She has been in education for the last 16 years educating students and teachers alike. Her goal has always been to share her knowledge and love of learning in new, innovative ways with all learners—younger and older.

Shaina is a conference presenter, a CS policy advocator, and serves as an educational consultant for schools in the Houston area and across the country.

Shaina's impact on her school, district, and the digital learning community are noteworthy. She has developed a strong personal learning network through social media and EdTech ambassador programs. Shaina attends national, local, and regional STEM, computer science, and educational technology conferences, and seeks out new technologies and educational opportunities.

Shaina holds a master’s degree from Sam Houston State University in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in instructional technology. She is a graduate of Morgan State University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

She is the regional program manager as well as a Computer Science Fundamentals affiliate. She is a CSTA Equity Fellow, president of CSTA Greater Houston, and holds certifications with Raspberry Pi and BrainPOP, is a Professional Development (PD) Advisor, RemindCE, ClassDojo Mentor, and Discovery Education Network STAR and Ambassador.



You are cordially invited to submit a presentation proposal for Region 4’s 2021 Virtual STEAM Academy. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the greater Houston community to come together, share ideas, and form lasting partnerships virtually! We are calling all STEM/STEAM leaders, experts, and practitioners to provide powerful learning experiences for educators. Your hands-on session will empower educators to create dynamic, student-centered learning opportunities by integrating STEAM concepts into their classroom instruction. The deadline to submit your presentation proposal is Friday, April 16, 2021. We look forward to seeing your awesome presentation!







Take advantage of an incredible opportunity to share your products and services with a large audience of educators.
STEP 1: Review the available 2021 STEAM Vendor and Sponsorship Opportunities.
STEP 2: Complete the appropriate Google™ response form below.




STEP 3: Download the Vendor Agreement Form and e-mail it back to Lisa McMillan at lisa.mcmillan@esc4.netThe deadline to submit is Friday, April 30, 2021.





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