My students are 3rd graders who bring a smile to my face every day! They are energetic, curious, hard-working, creative, and eager to learn! I work at a diverse Title I elementary school where the majority of my students come from poverty. I encourage my students to focus on their possibilities and not their challenging situations.
I inspire my students to dream of their futures by greeting them daily with job titles such as "Good morning future doctors, astronauts, scientists, computer programmers, and engineers!"
I started greeting my students with professional titles years ago after I realized that so many of my students had limited expectations of what they could do for a career. I want my students to believe in themselves and not let gender, race, socioeconomic status or low societal expectations prevent them from dreaming big!
My students have what it takes to be successful in STEM. All they need are positive role models, opportunities, and encouragement.
My goal as a teacher is to create educational experiences that inspire my students to see the unlimited possibilities they have in both school and career.
Building on my students' fascination with our universe, space travel, and hands-on learning, I've created a science unit to spark an interest in STEM and STEM careers.
My project aims to give my students an out of this world experience and to inspire them to imagine themselves in a STEM career in the aerospace field in jobs such as scientists, astrophysicists, engineers and astronauts!
We'll study positive female role models from the Lyda Hill If/Then Collection such as Sydney Hamilton who is a mechanical engineer, Kelly Korreck who is an astrophysicist, and Jasmine Sadler who is a rocket scientist and aerospace engineer. This will expose students to different STEM careers, females of different races in STEM careers, as well as encourage them to see themselves and their peers in STEM.
My project includes books on space, NASA, astronauts, and the first moon landing to add to our classroom library to further spark students' interest in STEM. As a class, we'll read books on Mae Jeminson, NASA's first female African American astronaut, Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, and Katherine Johnson, a NASA mathematician whose calculations were essential for the success of space shuttle missions.
Students will experience the excitement of STEM careers and the challenges of creating a spacecraft to drop a lunar lander on the moon! Students will be engineers and rocket scientists as they design and build mini spacecrafts and lunar landers using a variety of materials. They will then use their math skills and learn more about gravity, motion, and forces as they test their creations by flying their spacecrafts down a zipline with the goal of dropping the lunar lander on a target. Students will participate in an inquiry cycle of building, testing, reflecting and modifying to try to complete the challenge.
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