Brian "Fox" Ellis returns to miniCAST as our keynote speaker!
History, science, language arts, and the fine arts all will collide during this incredible presentation.
"The Wisdom of the Past Builds STEAM for the Future"
Building A Solid Foundation for that Bridge to the Future
Drawing on the stories of groundbreaking scientists from the past, storyteller, author, and science educator Brian “Fox” Ellis will help us transport our students into the future of citizen science and crowd-sourced data collection. Did you know Darwin patented a technological adaptation on the microscope still used today and long before the internet, he pioneered crowd-sourced data collection?
As Gregor Mendel, Fox will give us a foundation in genetics and challenge us in a debate of genetics and ethics. Performing as Meriwether Lewis, we will be immersed in watersheds, GPS mapping, and water quality issues. John James Audubon was the first to band a bird and prove they migrate, his work laid a foundation for a broad host of citizen science projects; Fox will share several lessons that engage your students in field ecology. Throughout this performance Fox will model ways to bring the history of science to life and use these transformational moments in science to engage your students in STEAM based inquiry.
"My goal is to inspire folks to awaken to a deeper understanding of who they are within their relationship to human history and the natural world around them. I hope to evoke the storyteller within you." -- Brian "Fox" Ellis
Brian "Fox" Ellis is an internationally renowned storyteller, author and naturalist. He has been a featured speaker at regional and international conferences on environmental concerns, including the National Association of Biology Teachers, National Science Teachers Association, The International Wetlands Conservation Conference, National Non-point Source Pollution Conference and the North American Prairie Conservation Conference. Fox is also a museum consultant who has worked with The Field Museum, The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, and The Cincinnati Museum of Natural History to provide teacher training, develop curriculum, and present public programs. He is the Artistic Director for Prairie Folklore Theatre, a unique theatre company that celebrates ecology and history through original musical theatre. Fox is the author of nine books including the critically acclaimed Learning From the Land: Teaching Ecology Through Stories and Activities, (Libraries Unlimited, 2011). His children’s picture book, The Web at Dragonfly Pond, (Dawn Publications, 2006), won a national award as conservation education book of the year. Many of his stories are also available on one of twelve award winning CDs.