Mr. Chuck English is the Science Museum of Virginia Director of Playful Learning and Inquiry. His responsibilities include developing and implementing educational programming at the Museum as well as evaluating the effectiveness of the programs instated at the facility. Mr. English has designed, developed, and supported new and innovative programs in schools, school districts and informal education centers in several states. He has helped direct or manage STEM related National and State grants. Through his previous work as an educational consultant he helped build education programs, grow localized leadership and enabled educators to more effectively review their own work and successes. He has also worked in evaluation which has included formal and informal educator observations and grant/program evaluations.
Jeremy V. Ernst is an Associate Director of the Virginia Tech School of Education and Associate Professor of Integrative STEM Education. He is a Fellow at the Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity Arts and Technology and is an Affiliate Faculty Member of Virginia Tech's Department of Engineering Education. Jeremy received a bachelors degree from Clemson University and a masters and doctorate from North Carolina State University.
Jeremy specializes in research focused on dynamic intervention means for STEM education students categorized as at-risk of dropping out of school. This specific strand of research investigates educational models and structures as well as learning vehicles that promote means of content/ conceptual address to further facilitate learning. To more holistically support educational model and structure research he has authored or co-authored over 70 refereed research publications, presented over 60 times at international, national, and regional conferences and co-authored, edited, or served on the research team for the publication of 11 textbooks.
A Southwest Virginia native, Tanner Upthegrove holds undergraduate degrees in Recording Arts and Business from Full Sail University. Tanner composes spatial audio for venues with multiple loudspeakers. Tanner joined the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology in 2013 as an audiovisual design and technology engineer, focusing on spatial sound engineering. Previously, Tanner taught audio electronics at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida and was Assistant Mastering Engineer to Grammy Award recipient Bob Katz. Tanner holds an InfoComm CTS certification and is an active member in the Audio Engineering Society.
Zach Duer is an educator, artist, musician, and performer. His work focuses on experimentation in digital technology, multi-media instrument creation, and all forms of collage. Duer holds the position of Immersive Environment Specialist at the Institute for Creativity, Art, and Technology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State College in Blacksburg, VA. He previously taught new media art as an instructor in the Kinetic Imaging department at Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds an MFA in Kinetic Imaging from Virginia Commonwealth University (2014), an MA in Music Composition from Mills College (2009) and a BM in Music Composition from Minnesota State University Moorhead (2007).