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19th Annual Jack Kilby STEM Day 11/20/2023

Join us for the 19th Annual Jack Kilby STEM Day! 

Keynote Speaker 

Barton is happy to announce that our Keynote Speaker for 2023 is Dr. Kate Biberdorf. 

For more information contact the Jack Kilby STEM Day Committee at (620) 792-9283 or

Why Dr. Kate Biberdorf is Captivating Audiences

Kate BiberdorfAt the University of Texas, Dr. Kate Biberdorf is breaking stereotypes and blowing stuff up – all in a good pair of heels. Through her theatrical and hands-on approach to teaching, Dr. Biberdorf is breaking down the image of the stereotypical scientist, while reaching students that might otherwise be intimidated by science. Students’ emotional responses, rather than rote memorization of facts, is key to Biberdorf’s dynamic approach to her program, as well as science in general. Her exciting and engaging program leaves audiences with a positive, memorable impression of science – all while diminishing the stigma around women in science. She has appeared on The Today Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, NBC Nightly News, The Wendy Williams Show and Late Night with Stephen Colbert.

Dr. Biberdorf is the author of Kate the Chemist: The Big Book of Experiments, a collection of 25 kid-friendly science experiments that come prepared with a messiness factor rating and a note from Kate about how each experiment works. She released Dragons vs. Unicorns, a children’s novel, in 2020. Her latest book is It’s Elemental: Chemistry in Everything, released in Summer of 2021. It’s a chemistry guide that explains the science we experience every day.

You can find more about Dr. Kate Biberdorf on her Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, or website.

Event Details 

  • When - November 20, 2023
  • Time - 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where - Barton Community College Campus (Maps)
  • Who's invited - All high school juniors and seniors, plus High School students with appropriate IEPs, high school instructors, staff, and administrators.
  • Cost - JKSD is FREE for all attendees, but registration is required.


Teacher/Sponsor Registration is closed. 
Student Registration is closed. We look forward to seeing you.

Schedule of Events:  

  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Check in for registration (Fine Arts building)
  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:05 a.m. - Welcome Assembly (Fine Arts Auditorium)
  • 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Session 1 - Keynote Speaker (Fine Arts Auditorium) OR Breakout Session 1
  • 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Session 2 - Breakout 2 
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Session 3 - Keynote Speaker (Fine Arts Auditorium) OR Lunch/Campus Tour 
  • 12:15 p.m. - 1 p.m. - Session 4 - Breakout 3 OR Lunch/Campus Tour 

Breakout Session Pathways 

Students will choose from the pathways described below. Within each pathway, students will select two breakout sessions.

Pathways are either:

  • Blue Path: Keynote / Breakout 2  / Lunch & Campus Tour / Breakout 3
  • Gold Path: Breakout 1 / Breakout 2  / Keynote / Lunch & Campus Tour


Breakout Session Activities:

A Day in the Life of a Meteorologist - Vanessa Pearce 

Agriculture in Our Society - Maggie Tracy 

Blood and Slime - Karen Gunther & Andrea Thompson 

Breakout Box Challenge with the Avengers - Charlotte Cates & Laura Schlessiger

Centrifugal Force and the Pottery Wheel - Mark Freeman 

Charting Your Career Map: Navigating Your Path to Professional Success with Textron Aviation - Sam Zupko, Cait Gregory, & Izzy Montes 

Dancing Flames - Jeff Meyer

GMO, Bioengineering and Ag - Let's Look Under the Label - Alicia Boor & Michelle Beran

HazMat Identification 101  - Lindsay Holmes

Healthy Activities - Tyler Schiffelbein

How Virtual and Augmented Reality are Shaping the Future - Michael Oetken 

Jack & Alice - Cristi Gale

Kinesiology and Injury Prevention - Danika Bielek

Pharmacy and the Science - A Prescription for Success - Nicolette Lindstrom, PharmD, BCPS 

Photosynthesis in Plants - The Biological Solar Panel - Melissa Nelson & Troy Ostmeyer 

Physics and your Home - Matthew Mazouch 

STEM in the “Hands On” world of Construction Management, Engineering Design, and Manufacturing Technology - Kim Stewart & Eric Deneault

Stem Related Military Occupation  - SSG Aaron Parr, SSG Young, & SGT Gonzalez 

Sugar High - Kara Brauer

Telescope and Multi-Wavelength Astronomy - Sherry Rogers 

The Science and Math of Crime Scene Investigations - Jeanette Covey

The Wonders of Chemistry - Dr. Amanda Alliband

Virtual Human Dissection - Dr. Oleg Ravitskiy

Water Water Everywhere, but REALLY? - Rick Sloan 

Wildlife Telemetry - Mandy Kern 


2023 JKSD Sponsors:

  • Inspiration
    • Barton Community College Foundation
  • Exploration
    • Golden Belt Community Foundation
    • Drs. Oleg & Irena Ravitskiy
    • Dennis & Jann Sherman
    • Superior Essex
  • Curiosity
    • Dr. Jennifer Bernatis
    • Lucky Keller from Select Sires