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Join the CILC Pinnacle Education Collaborative (PEC) for a day of exciting educational programming. All programs are FREE!

Upcoming Festival Dates:

Fall Back into Digital Learning — October 6, 2020

Spring into Digital Learning — February 23, 2021

Schedules are announced one month before the event


The Spring 2020 festival had 5,136 participants!   See the schedule below for an example of the types of programs.

Fall Back into Learning 2020 programming will be announced soon!

  • PEC
  • Track One
  • 9:00 AM EST
    Content Provider: Cleveland Museum of Natural History
    Program Name: Balto-A History of Humans, Huskies, and Health in Alaska
    Grade Level:  K-8
    Description: Why is this famous husky from Alaska at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History? Hear heroic tales of dogs and mushers in Alaska, from the 1925 Serum Run to the Iditarod of today. You’ll learn how Balto became the "spokesdog" for this unique event in US history!
  • 10:00 AM EST
    Content Provider: Greenville Zoo
    Program Name: We Built a Zoo
    Grade Level:  3-6
    Description: Join us as we explore all the topics that we take into consideration when we build an exhibit. We will even take a trip to see how we transformed an elephant exhibit into an anteater and rhea exhibit!
  • 11:00 AM EST
    Content Provider: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
    Program Name: Sculpt-a-Saurus
    Grade Level:  2-6
    Description: Science and art collide to bring the past to life! Your students will use real fossil evidence to sculpt their very own dinosaurs. Piece together clues about dinosaurs and explore how scientists and artists work together to understand the deep past. Each participant will need clay or a similar material.
  • 12:00 PM EST
    Content Provider: Royal BC Museum
    Program Name: BC Indigenous History
    Grade Level:  4-5
    Description: Join Leslie McGarry from the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw – Kwagiulth First Nation on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, at the Royal BC Museum. Explore the pre- and post-contact histories represented in the First Peoples gallery and the cultural diversity of Indigenous people in BC.
  • 1:00 PM EST
    Content Provider: Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
    Program Name: Jamestown: Three Cultures, One Land
    Grade Level:  3-6
    Description: This program will carry students on an inquiry-based exploration of the three cultures that converged at Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America. Using reproduction artifacts and primary sources, students will compare and contrast the cultures and legacies of the Powhatan Indians, West African, and English.
  • 2:00 PM EST
    Content Provider: Michigan Science Center
    Program Name: Science Spectacular
    Grade Level:  K-6
    Description: Discover the wonderful world of science through interactive live demonstrations. Topics include: centripetal motion, air pressure, chemistry, electricity, and much more!
  • 3:00 PM EST
    Content Provider: Alaska SeaLife Center
    Program Name: Marine Mammals of Alaska
    Grade Level:  K-4
    Description: Meet our furry friends who call Alaska's cold seas their home! We'll learn about the lives and adaptations of seals, sea lions and sea otters here in Alaska.
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  • Track Two
  • 9:00 AM EST
    Content Provider: Fizzics Education
    Program Name: Creative Chemistry
    Grade Level:  3-6
    Description: Students will perform chemical reactions during the conference using materials provided by your school as viewing us perform a variety of experiments covering: kitchen chemistry found at home, physical changes vs. chemical reactions, acids vs bases and indicators to detect them, energy changes and more.
  • 10:00 AM EST
    Content Provider: Pro Football Hall of Fame
    Program Name: Movement and Motion
    Grade Level:  1-5
    Description: This program examines the relationship of science and the game of professional football. Straight line movement, zig-zags, circular motion, back & forth, pushing & pulling - all movements that influence the sport.
  • 11:00 AM EST
    Content Provider: Sea Turtle, Inc.
    Program Name: Meet the Resident: Fred
    Grade Level:  K-12
    Description: Discover the story of Fred, the entangled sea turtle. Learn characteristics of Loggerhead sea turtles and ways you can help sea turtles in the wild. Program includes a Live visit from Fred!
  • 12:00 PM EST
    Content Provider: Texas State Aquarium
    Program Name: Read With Sharks
    Grade Level:  K-2
    Description: Your students will enjoy a story and then virtually meet the superstar animal of the book. Read along, make animal observations, recall facts, and investigate shark biofacts. Get an up-close look at our resident sharks though real time cameras, and identify threats to these ocean hunters.
  • 1:00 PM EST
    Content Provider: McMillen Health
    Program Name: Body Friendly Foods
    Grade Level:  1-4
    Description: Students are encouraged, through interactive activities, to fill their plates with healthy food as recommended by My Plate. The truth is revealed regarding how television media persuades students to eat junk food. A segment on exercise motivates kids to play one hour daily.
  • 2:00 PM EST
    Content Provider: Mote Marine Laboratory
    Program Name: Seeing Yourself in Science: African Americans in Marine Science and Beyond
    Grade Level:  6-12
    Description: Join marine biologists and SCUBA divers from Mote Marine Laboratory and aerospace educators and geomorphologists from The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. This program will connect participants with African American leaders who are providing stellar contributions to the scientific community, from sea to space.
  • 3:00 PM EST
    Content Provider: Born 2 Move Movement Adventures
    Program Name: Dancing Along the River Niger
    Grade Level:  3-8
    Description: Adventure along the Niger river through West Africa, sampling forms of cultural and religious expressions, learning how community comes together with dancing, drumming and storytelling.
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  • Track Three
  • 9:00 AM EST
    Content Provider: Author Valerie Marsh
    Program Name: Snowflakes Action Science: Cut & Tell A Snowflake Story, Apply It to Push/Pull, Incline, Gravity!
    Grade Level:  K-2
    Description: Art, storytelling and science! First, Valerie shares a fun story about snowflakes! Then, students create their own paper snowflake and use it to explore the concepts of push/pull, gravity and incline. We 'predict' that your students will love this!
  • 10:00 AM EST
    Content Provider: Virginia Museum of History & Culture
    Program Name: Different Paths to Freedom: Slavery and the American Revolution
    Grade Level:  4-8
    Description: Discover the implications that the American Revolution had on ideas of freedom and liberty. Students will examine the relationship between enslaved African Americans and the American Revolution through an investigation of Lord Dunmore’s Proclamation, James Lafayette’s petition, and Peter Sublett’s manumission.
  • 11:00 AM EST
    Content Provider: Royal Botanical Gardens
    Program Name: Insects in Winter
    Grade Level:  3-6
    Description: We see insects in the summer as part of our natural world, but what happens to them in the Winter? We'll explore how different insects survive the winter in a variety of ways and at different life cycle stages. Your school yard or garden may be a winter refuge!
  • 12:00 PM EST
    Content Provider: Saint Louis Zoo
    Program Name: Spring into Summer
    Grade Level:  K-3
    Description: Learn how animals celebrate the return of spring as we explore the different ways animals make the switch from cold winter days to warm summer nights.
  • 1:00 PM EST
    Content Provider: Hank Fincken: A National Theatre Co. of One
    Program Name: EDISON: Man and Myth
    Grade Level:  4-12
    Description: We will discuss the invention process, reasons he was so successful, one invention in particular (according to audience interest), answers from the audience, and how he handled failure.
  • 2:00 PM EST
    Content Provider: Ohio History Connection
    Program Name: Snapshot! Analyzing Historic Images
    Grade Level:  9-12
    Description: Did you know the photographs on your phone are primary sources? Join Ohio History Connection staff to learn how to use photographs as primary sources and incorporate them into historical research. During this program, students will learn how to examine images with the eye of a historian using photographs from the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970.
  • 3:00 PM EST
    Content Provider: Banyan Global Learning
    Program Name: La Brea Tar Pits
    Grade Level:  4-8
    Description: What lies beneath the dark surface? Wooly mammoths or their prey? Travel with us to the Ice Age as we explore the science of the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. Using the science of today, we extract the secrets of the past in these fossil producing death traps. During our exciting program, students will tour the grounds of the most famous fossil site on earth and learn about some of the magnificent beasts that were excavated at the Tar Pits in the middle of bustling Los Angeles.
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Contact Tami Moehring, CILC Content Provider Liaison, 507-215-3705.