The Teaching with Science Fiction program is an opportunity for educators who want to use Science Fiction in the classroom to learn from teachers who are already taking advantage of this powerful tool. This is a practical program, by teachers for teachers.

All presentations will be held on Monday, May 27, 9 AM – 1 PM.

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From To Session title Presenter
9:00 10:00 Traveling Through Time with Early Childhood Programs Carol Reynolds
Come learn to create a time travel adventure in your early childhood classroom. You will be given vocabulary for your word wall and lists of books as references for your Time Travel Day. You will also receive directions for creating a small time machine out of a milk carton.
10:00 11:00 Science Fiction and Fantasy Clubs: The Continuing Mission of the Cafeteria Fringe Art Boorman
Science fiction and fantasy clubs can give young people a safe place to explore their interests and develop a sense of community that can help them get through difficult times in their lives, provide academic and emotional support, and just be a fun place to hang out.
Art Boorman is a Case Manager and Special Educator in Anne Arundel County Public Schools with close to 30 years teaching experience.  He runs the Science Fiction and Fantasy Club at his high school, which currently has approximately 150 members.  An avid fan and costumer, he is a life member of BSFS and a staff blogger for Comic Wow, a national comic book website.
11:00 12:00 True Heroes of Wire Lonnie Q. Ingram
This lesson is taught by Mr. Lonnie Ingram, certified instructor, master wire artist and sculptor. In this class, you will learn how to design, scale and build your own structure. You will learn how to create a purposeful, creative design, one that is useful and looks good, as well. Also, you will learn how to scale an object from life-size to as little as 1/350th its original size. Finally, you will learn how to go from designs to physical structures that are steady, sturdy and stable. Each student will end the lesson with a fully realized final project.
Lonnie Q. Ingram is a nationally known master wire artist and owner of Lonnetrix Fine Wire Art. Originally from our nation’s capital, he currently resides in Baltimore, MD, where he established his art and design business. Self-taught, he created a new style of wire sculpture at the age of 6, using twisty ties. Inspired by the work of Alexander Calder, he uses his technique and 28-gauge wire to create innovative sculptures. His work has been on display in various locations including Baltimore, Washington, D. C. and New York City. Mr. Ingram has created pieces for former President Obama, the guys at American Chopper and the logos for numerous companies.
12:00 1:00 Mythology, Philosophy and e-gaming Christine Steer
Emily Lewis
Irina Greenman
Why do we study mythology? What does it bring to twenty-first century humans? Mythology provides tools for thinking about life allowing us to explore and acknowledge our own hero’s journey through our individual adventures, our dark foes and our bright accomplishments. It helps us to investigate our deepest emotions and our most personal passions and allows us to turn a spotlight on our humanity. So do games. This panel is about the new course which I am developing at Virginia Tech by the same name, which investigates the purposes and philosophies of mythology and how those same aspects can be explored through e-gaming. Please come willing to contribute ideas and opinions!  I am hoping for lively discussion and challenging questions!