An international conference devoted to STEM songs?!

STEM music insiders may be aware of the research team of Larry Lesser (UTEP), Dennis Pearl (Penn State), and John Weber III (Perimeter College of Georgia State U.). Last year they published a study in which online students were exposed to statistics songs (and other “fun” items) in a truly randomized fashion. They also have a National Science Foundation grant on statistics songs: SMILES (Student-Made Interactive Learning with Educational Songs) in Introductory Statistics. That grant is now sponsoring what must be the first-ever national or international conference series on the theme of using music to teach STEM. Since everybody loves acronyms, this new conference series is called VOICES: Virtual Ongoing Interdisciplinary Conferences on Educating with Song. As the name indicates, the conferences will be “virtual,” i.e., held online, which will facilitate international participation (e.g., there will be at least one invited speaker who will be videoconferencing in from the UK). Anyway, here are the essentials: the conference will be held on Sept. 27-28, it is open to everyone, it only costs $10, and it is currently accepting presentation proposals! For more information, go to the VOICES website. Thanks to my co-organizers, Nyaradzo Mvududu of Seattle Pacific U., Rabindra (Robby) Ratan of Michigan State U., and Walter Smith of Haverford (and PhysicsSongs.org).

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