The first annual MENA STEM Summit was held this weekend in Dubai. This two day conference featured world renowned keynote speakers, including Dr. Kenneth Wesson, who spoke about the neuroscience behind STEAM education. It also featured hands-on workshops led by practitioners from the region...teachers teaching teachers...a student panel, and a genius hour during which schools mapped their way forward with the ideas they amassed during the program. I spent two days building and programming robots, learning about the latest developments in 3D, and learning from courageous and innovative colleagues. From an Indian school with a Reggio approach to STEAM, to a school with a low-cost student maker space, to teacher who incorporates game making in the humanities - I left enriched and inspired.