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STEM Synergy: What Happens When Two Schools Team Up

on Tuesday, 11 February 2020 Posted in School/Community Level, Center for STEM Education Blog, Impact on Students , Teacher Perspective

By: Mark Westlake, Trustey Fellows Cohort 4 - St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, MN

STEM Synergy - Center for STEM Education Blog

The room looked exactly as I had pictured it in my mind. The brightly colored walls were covered with student work, the corner had a small art area, and behind a partition were little cubbies filled with jackets and boots. The room was obviously dedicated to student learning. It had been more than 20 years since I had been in an elementary school classroom, and the first thing that came to my mind was, “How in the world will I squeeze 15 high school senior boys in here?” Natalie Hager, the fifth-grade teacher at Community of Saints Regional Catholic School, didn’t seem as worried…..

Together We Teach: Collaborating as Co-Teachers in STEM

on Tuesday, 12 November 2019 Posted in Center for STEM Education Blog, Teacher Perspective

By: Nikki Bartholomew, Trustey Cohort 3 - St. John Neumann Regional Academy in Williamsport, PA

Together We Teach: Collaborating as Co-Teachers in STEM

Integrated STEM, Integrated Expertise

STEM is, at its heart, a collaborative endeavor. In our Pennsylvania backyard, we see this in the design, building plan, and coordination required to test and fix many of our local bridges. Without the perspectives of the engineers, construction workers, government officials, or any other collaborators, a project couldn't make its way to completion.

What's it like to be a Trustey Fellow?

on Tuesday, 19 January 2021 Posted in Center for STEM Education Blog, Teacher Perspective

Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows Cohort 4

This month's blog features testimonials from members of the 4th cohort of Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows. 

Ashley Costanza, Jenn Huerta, Kristine Kelly, Dawn Robertson, Alyssa Sturgeon, and Mark Westlake highlight different elements of their Trustey experience and how the fellowship has helped them to become better STEM educators.

Where’s Your Purple Hair?: A Story about STEM Identity in the 5th Grade

on Friday, 15 March 2019 Posted in Center for STEM Education Blog, Impact on Students , Teacher Perspective

By: Sarah Leblang, Trustey Fellows Cohort 2 - St. Anthony de Padua Catholic School in South Bend, IN

STEM Blog - March 2019

At the beginning of each school year, I ask my students: “What is a scientist?” After jotting down their own individual ideas, students form groups to create a picture of a scientist and present it to the class. Then we collectively list the characteristics portrayed in their models. Crazy hair, chemical explosions, accidents, dead bodies... these are just a few of the characteristics that fifth-grade students often come up with. This leads us into a discussion about the origin of these popular misconceptions. As fifth graders, they will become scientists this year, and there is no bright purple hair in a Catholic School dress code.

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