2014 AAAS/SSE Meeting: Teacher Experiences, a Panel Discussion

The 2014 AAAS/SSE STEM Volunteer Program Annual Meeting concluded with a panel of five STEM volunteers and their teachers talking about their classroom collaborations. The partnerships represented two elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools located in Fairfax, Arlington, and Montgomery Counties. The discussion covered a range of  educational disciplines and teaching strategies outlined in the NAE/NRC report, including problem-based learning, Project Lead The Way, applications of knowledge in real-world environments, and active engagement of students in scientifically meaningful tasks. The pairs talked about their classroom activities, which centered on environmental issues, marine science, engineering design processes and industrial chemistry.

The participating panelists were:

Laura Hansen, Nottingham Elementary School, Arlington Public Schools, and Dave Walden, oceanographer                                                                                                          

Liz Taylor, Bull Run Elementary School, Fairfax County Public Schools, and George Kralovec, aeronautical engineer

Jay Dailer, Washington Irving Middle School, Fairfax County Public Schools, and Sal Bosco, physical chemist

Michael Smith, Magruder High School, Montgomery County Public Schools, and Gerald Klebe, aeronautical engineer

Michael Miehl, Sherwood High School, Montgomery County Public Schools, and Rob Thomas, analytical chemist

Learn more about the AAAS/SSE STEM Volunteer Program

-- By AAAS/SSE Program Leader Don Rea

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