KC 2022 For Schools

We can give kids a voice and a choice in the issues that matter most to them.

Prepare to be inspired! We’re so excited for you and your students to learn, share and take action at the FREE KC 2022 Kids Convention at Stepping Stones Museum for Children with a day of adventure crafted especially for 4th through 6th grade students in Connecticut and beyond. Below is the impressive lineup of experts, authors, activists and inventors who are ready to wow young learners and inspire them to help make the world a better place.

Schools across Connecticut and beyond are invited to attend this free event virtually by clicking the button located underneath each of the listed participants. All registrants will receive a link to their chosen session(s), along with a welcome packet of information to guide their virtual experience.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Carolyn Knott at 203 899 0606, ext. 225.

Participant Lineup for Schools Only | Friday, October 14, 2022

Kenya Connect
9:30 – 10:00 am

Stepping Stones will host a live exchange with event attendees and student members of Kenya Connect’s #TheVillageThatReads program, which connects students, teachers, and parents to the wonder, knowledge, and joy of books. Out-of-class reading leads to fluency and comprehension while opening new worlds and ideas to students and their families. Students will discuss the importance of access to books and the work underway to build a regional library with high quality stories and information books in English and Kiswahili. Kenyan and American students will also discuss recent water supply concerns in their own countries to share their desire to make a change.

Take Action: Kenya Connect invites you to add to their library by choosing a book from the Kenya Connect Amazon wish list and have it shipped to their Maryland office base. The books will be shipped to Kenya for use in the new Library and for School Library Days. Please clearly indicate the donor name for each book so that recognition can be shared inside the library.

For Teachers: Teachers looking for a rewarding, SEL-rich follow-up activity to share with your classes are invited to join Kenya Connect’s PenPal program. To learn more, please contact Cyrus at Cyrus@kenyaconnect.org.

Youth Social Emotional Learning Forum with Dr. Craig Bailey, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
11:00 – 11:30 am

During a 30-minute forum, Dr. Craig Bailey from Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence will ask students to access their own feelings and encourage them to express their hopes and dreams for the future in a safe, encouraging space to help inform the conversation.

The YES2 youth volunteers (grades 6th through 12th) at Stepping Stones completed surveys about the world issues they’re most concerned about and how they feel about their own ability to make positive change.

Take Action: Practice this exercise again with your class in a few weeks to capture feedback.

Teachers: For information about the museum’s YES2 youth enrichment program for students in 6th grade and above, please contact Barbarajean Segall at barbarajean@steppingstonesmuseum.com

Awakening the Story Within with Renata Bowers
11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Award-winning Frieda B. children’s book author Renata Bowers wants every child to know: I matter, I belong, I can. At KC 2022, Bowers will engage participants with a story, then lead them through her trademark Hands Activity to help awaken the one-of-a-kind, free-to-be story within each person. As she says, “Every person’s story has what it takes to make the world a better place.” Participants also will receive materials to make a “Note of Encouragement” to share with classmates.

Take Action: Encourage students to think about something a friend, family member or acquaintance said to them that made them feel good about themselves. Then, ask them to think about how they can give that same boost of encouragement to another person in their lives.

For Teachers: Renata Bowers can share her inspirational book series and other empowering experiences with your classroom or school. For more information, contact her at heyrenata@friedab.com

Iwasakid.com | Comics for Change
12:30 – 1:00 pm

In this session chock full of science, action and art, #Iwasakid comic book artist and author Karen Romano Young will introduce the work of youth activists taking action worldwide to make their voices heard about the issue of climate change. Students will be invited to share their own ideas about the future of the Earth’s environment by creating their own comics for display in the museum. Karen began her #AnarcticLog science comic series during trips to the Antarctic Peninsula and the Amundsen Sea, and uses them to report on climate change research, policy, education, and activism.

Take Action: Students who submit artwork representing their hopes, fears and vision for the future of the environment will receive recognition on the Stepping Stones Museum for Children website, and across the museum’s social media channels.

For Teachers: Karen Romano Young is available to host specific Iwasakid.com workshops at your school or for your specific classroom. Contact her at wrenyoung@gmail.com.

Innovation Workshop with 2020 Time magazine Kid of the Year Gitangali Rao
1:15 – 1:45 pm

Students will learn how to unlock their own potential to innovate during an interactive, pre-taped 5-step workshop hosted by 16-year-old Gitanjali Rao, an American inventor, author, scientist, engineer and social activist. Named Time’s first-ever “Kid of the Year” in 2020, Gitanjali is widely recognized for her life-changing inventions, including detecting lead content in water, helping to develop early diagnosis for prescription Opioid addiction and developing technology to counter cyberbullying. By following her mantra, “innovation should have an equal playing field,” Gitanjali was also recognized in November 2021 as a Laureate of the Young Activists Summit at UN Geneva. She’s excited to share the problem-solving methodology she has taught to more than 50,000 students around the world.

Take Action: Students who submit their innovation ideas will receive recognition on the Stepping Stones Museum for Children website, and across the museum’s social media channels.

For Teachers: All participating classroom teachers will receive a copy of Gitanjali’s book, “A Young Innovator’s Guide to STEM: 5 Steps to Problem Solving for Students, Educators and Parents.”

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