My students are exceptional individuals inside and outside of the classroom. The 4 students leading this project are Carea, Makayla, Zara and Ryan. They are all part of our STEM Teach class through which they teach STEM lessons to 2nd grade and 5th grade students at a local elementary school. Carea, Makayla and Zara are Seniors and Ryan is a Junior, all of whom are dedicated to providing the best STEM projects to their young students.
Carea is very active in theatre while maintaining a 4.0 GPA in Honors and AP classes. Makayla volunteers at CIA Dance Studio teaching age 3-7 year olds while maintaining 4.3 GPA. Zara is a varsity Captain in Swim, Cross Country and Track and has coached infants through adolescents in swim techniques. Ryan participates in Cross Country and tutors young students in mathematics.
These scholars are all hoping to attend the Educators Rising National Conference in Orlando, Florida, so they can represent our school in the STEM Lesson Planning and Delivery competition.
This conference will help my students collaborate with others in team-building activities and provide them with personal connections to help them grow socio-emotionally.
All of my students are part of Educators Rising, a national membership organization for aspiring teachers and their mentors.
Attending the National Educators Rising Conference will:
1) Allow us to connect and learn from each other through breakout workshops
2) Compete for national titles in competitive events designed to develop and showcase their teaching skills
3) Be inspired by keynote presentations from national education leaders.
In Their Own Words
Ryan: Competing in this competition will allow the nation to see the hard work and dedication Canyon High is committed to providing.
Makayla: I hope to meet other individuals at the conference who also share the love for life long learning and service.
Zara: "Our goal is to raise funds for our STEM group to attend the Educators Rising National Conference. We are looking for ways to share our ideas with young children and inspire the next generation. We strive to emphasize the ARTS in STEAM related activities because it has been slowly weeded out of the education systems budget. This really brings more interest into our lessons and makes it more exciting and relatable.
Leadership is a skill that is both nature and nurture. Our students are all capable of being wonderful mentors to the young and old. They all have strong families that have instilled character at home and at school. Going to Orlando and competing on a national level at this time of their lives will allow each student to coach and motivate each other before their chosen competition. Without this project, the sense of urgency and competition is not evident. School spirit and Canyon High Pride will be flying high in the face of adversity and possible failure. Win or Lose; The fight and struggle will allow each student to grow!
If funded, we will gain the amazing opportunity to participate in the Educators Rising National Conference and feel vindicated and encouraged to continue the push towards bringing back the Arts. Their creativity will not only be utilized in an art class, but be given value in other subjects. Music, painting, dance, theater and creative writing are all necessities for students who want to thrive in the 21st century."
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