Help me give my students a STEM Fair focused on taking the lessons we learned from the Industrial Revolution and incidents like the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire and using them to create a sustainable colony on Mars.
My students are very creative, and not your typical learners. They are people who have had to figure out what works best for them. It makes them quite adept engineers, since they are innate problem solvers. Our small STEM, aerospace, manufacturing, and career focused school is the best fit many of them have ever experienced.
There are many differences among the leaders who attend my school, yet they are united by their sense of inclusion.
My students stand up for each other. I am thankful I work where I do because of them. Because they are not typical. Because they are creative, and because they have shown me what the word equality really means.
They have a lot of courage. Many of them have encountered more in the first eleven to thirteen years of their lives than most of us have dealt with in the entirety of ours. Yet they show up to school on time, and brave social pressures in what we all know are some of the hardest years of school.
My students started off the year by creating a textile which communicated their interests and unique personalities. As we progress through history, we have learned about many inventions, including coding, which was inspired by looms and weaving. When finish the year, I will bring everything we have learned together with a future forward interest that is often in the headlines: how do we build a sustainable and self-sufficient colony on a planet like Mars? It starts with knowing the basics. We will have to learn how to manufacture our own products, recycling and using available materials to build what we need. It will take engineers, botanists, artists, biologists and people who understand how we got to where we are today. Our STEM fair will demonstrate that we have the technology necessary to make this probability attainable for the generation we are raising today, the Mars Generation.
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