Tech Valley High
teacher presents at STEAM summit in Texas
Tech Valley High teacher Lana
Hower served as a presenter and panelist at the Texas
STEAM Summit hosted by The Village School and the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in January. The
inaugural event celebrated interdisciplinary learning,
tapping thought leaders and practitioners to present
unique insights into the importance of STEAM in today’s
The event was reportedly organized to inspire educators to make STEAM a part of school culture and provide a meaningful launchpad for student success in the global borderless workplace. Presentations aimed to highlight the connection between science and arts to prepare the future workforce for successful careers. Eighty-five percent of the jobs that today's learners will do have not been invented yet. And they will have eight to 10 jobs by the time they are 38 years old, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“Nanopharmacist? Lunar tour guide? Virtual lawyer? Robotic ethics consultant? Have you heard of these jobs? Well, you will,” promised Christopher Bishop, a former rock musician turned IBM executive who served as one of the summit’s keynote speakers.
Hower co-teaches ICE, an integrated chemistry and English course. She presented about her work in a presentation titled, “Discover the Power of ICE - Integrating Chemistry and English to Deliver Innovative Learning Outcomes.”
Hower joined TVHS for the start of the 2009-10 school year. She previously worked at the University Heights High School in the Bronx where she taught English through project-based learning. She also taught at University Neighborhood High School in New York City, as well as at New York University and LaGuardia Community College. She has a master’s and bachelor’s degree from the New School for Social Research and a MPA from New York University.