Kickoff Session Sneak Peek: “Disguised Learning Through STEM Sports™”

Posted in: 8th Annual Kickoff Conference

Track: Arts & Sneaky Science

No matter the age, we are subjected to experiences, some considered entertainment, that have redeeming value, convey knowledge and ultimately educate us. But do we even realize the education that we are receiving?

This session will reveal ways to educate youth through new methods of learning so that they have a sporting chance at thriving in our world today and in the future.

Attendees will establish, uncover and discover the Disguised Learning that we’ve all observed and experienced as youth to better relate to the students/children they serve in their schools, classrooms, after-school programming, and camps. From there, we will establish the double play of STEM education paired with a Sport. Yes, it’s possible when the fact that there is science behind everything, including sports, is established!

To fortify this detail, workshop attendees will experience examples that they can easily replicate at their schools, classrooms, after-school programs, and camps to assist them in the cognition ignition that occurs when STEM & Sports come together.


We experience educational opportunities unbeknownst to us all the time. Some occur from viewing or participating in sports. The workshop will uncover ways to educate youth by combining STEM and Sports. Examples from STEM Sports™ curriculum kits, which serve elementary and middle school students, may include activities from STEM Basketball, STEM Football, STEM Soccer, and STEM Volleyball. 


Session Leader: Jeff Golner, President & CEO, STEM Sports



Jeff Golner is the Principle Principal of Agency G, a full service creative, marketing and event production firm.  Successfully operating since November 2005, Agency G works with a wide range of businesses in sports, entertainment, service industries and not-for profit organizations. Golner is also the President & CEO of STEM Sports™. STEM Sports develops and provides turnkey curricula for 3rd through 8th grade-aged students using a sport as the strategic vehicle to drive STEM-based learning in classrooms, after-school programs, and camp settings.

Prior to venturing on his own, Golner enjoyed a long marketing, game operations and entertainment career with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 1997 to 2005, leaving as Senior Director of Game Operations. Golner produced close to 700 Major League Baseball games including playoff games and the four World Series games in 2001 that culminated with a Championship. Golner served a three-year ticketing stint with the Colorado Rockies from 1994 to 1996.

In 2017-2018, Golner is/was the Fiesta Bowl Yellow Jacket Committee Chairman successfully leading 125 volunteer members which resulted in fundraising of close to $3 million.

During the summer of 2017, Golner ran the entire operations of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer championship in the Arizona market.

In 2016, Golner was hired and appointed as the Glendale Venue Director for the Copa America, an international soccer tournament that was held at 10 sites in the United States and for the first time in Copa America’s 100-year history.

Beginning in 2014, Golner served a two-year stint as an Honorary Commander at Luke Air Force Base.

In 2010, Golner was honored as one of the Forty-Under-40 Phoenix Business Journal honorees. 

In January of 2005, Golner was selected and began serving on the Fiesta Bowl Volunteer Committee and was nominated for Rookie of the Year. Golner has been Stage Manager for pre-game, in-game and post-game on-field presentations for the Cactus Bowl (previously known as the Insight/Buffalo Wild Wings/TicketCity Bowl), Fiesta Bowl and BCS Championship games (held in 2007 & 2011). In 2016, Golner was hired to produce both the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl and the CFP semi-final PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. Additionally, Golner was the Game Operations Chair of the 2009 Insight Bowl and he was a Team Liaison for the Missouri Tigers (2010), the Oklahoma Sooners (2011), the TCU Horned Frogs (2012), lead liaison for the Michigan Wolverines (2013), Washington Huskies (2014) and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2015). In 2013, Golner was the Fiesta Bowl Committee Member of the Year.

An Arizona native born in Phoenix, Golner is a 1993 University of Arizona graduate with a Media Arts major with a Marketing emphasis.


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