Here's a cool story out of the White House Science Fair:
Fourteen-year-old Gustavo Zacarias from San Antonio, Texas has been playing video games since he was 4 years old. Gustavo designed and programmed an original video game called "The Dark Labyrinth" with the goal of making it fun for young students to learn basic multiplication skills. His game challenges players to navigate through a maze while solving multiplication problems and racing against the clock. Gustavo built his game…Continue
While reading a news article thought it was exciting to see Obama include STEM education in his education budget for 2014. He plans to streamline federal programs that support STEM education. He is planning to create a college version of Race to the Top funds.
Also, he wants to create a program that would reward high schools that create partnerships with local industries and colleges. He is pushing for high school students to learn skills needed for careers…Continue
On Feb. 9, Melissa Harris-Perry played host to a discussion about STEM Education for Girls. The topic to discuss was an important one: Why do men outnumber women in almost every STEM related job?
Read about this discussion and who was included here. I've asked this same question three years ago on my blog, about Women in Engineering, read my blog…Continue
Name: Krista Wilson
School: Osceola Middle School in Seminole, FL
Years in the Classroom: 25
A tip for fellow STEM teachers: Learn how to write a grant. If there is one thing that has enabled me to be successful at STEM, it is this. The excuses I hear from other teachers about not having the time – bugger! Make the time! It’s a time investment that pays off with huge dividends! The enthusiasm I see from all students when building STEM projects is priceless!
Breakthrough moments with students: Literacy strategies changed my classroom. Infusing pre-reading and post-reading strategies, along with creative writing, has given my teaching such a kick! Students love to do creative writing in science and it really helps them anchor difficult concepts in their mind. They also love to perform, so it helps with their self-esteem.
Most difficult part about teaching: Finding the time for really good lesson planning and going back over what went well and what went poorly. Getting feedback from others who are like minded.
Most rewarding part about teaching: Working with interesting folks! I love working with the students, who are so inspiring to me, and I also work with an amazing staff at my school.
Hobbies and interests: I have a grand passion for horses! I own two horses, Angel and Lucky; they keep me sane. We dabble in dressage and do a little jumping. It’s a fun hobby. It complements my teaching in the fact that strategies that work with horses often work with kids!