Featured Speaker: Janet Ivey
Janet Ivey is committed to enriching the lives of children through educational content driven multi-media education and programming. With over 22 years in the media, Ivey has captivated Nashville and beyond with her work and has received 12 Regional Emmys, 5 Gracie Allen awards and a STEMFLORIDA award for her children’s series Janet’s Planet. This dynamic and fast-paced series is geared to 6 – 10 year olds and focuses on science, space, history and health. Viewers get to travel at the speed of thought and the short form series can be seen on public television stations nationwide as well as YouTube, BatteryPop, Club Jelly Telly, Viddiverse, and HighBrow.
Janet presents two live shows, “Tour of the Solar System” and “Exploring Microgravity” and these shows are 21st century theatre that encourage scientific literacy via the use of humor, theatrical antics, visual illusions, enticing graphic elements, and opportunities to join Janet on stage, students are fully engaged in the experience
What Janet finds to be true is that ENGAGEMENT requires relationship. When you have an experience with something, then you begin to create relationship out of that experience, and once there’s relationship, then there can be engagement, interest, passion and action; but first and foremost, we must work hard to provide and encourage experiences with science in order to inspire future generations to use their innate intelligence and creativity to make scientific, artistic and technological advances needed for this planet and the exploration of other worlds.
Janet is proud to be one of Dr. Buzz Aldrin’s ShareScience Ambassadors and to be doing educational outreach for NASA’s New Horizons mission with what she and her team have dubbed the #DearPluto Project.