In 2019 we were so proud to award the Inspirational STEM Teacher Award to 5 deserving educators around the province. As we gear up for the 2020 round of submissions, we want to showcase how some of these teachers have used their funding to improve STEM education in their classrooms.
Kendra Breau of Tabusintac Elementary School
(in her own words)
This year we have taken on a few different projects with the classes. I was able to get a STEM group up and running with students, where they can feel free to work with many different types of materials to create, build and have fun. It was my first time working with the K-1 students on STEM initiatives and was able to do so with some materials purchased by the prize money. They were able to build with magnetic blocks, Lego and snap circuits.
With my grade 4/5 students, I was able to replenish their supplies for paper circuits. They will be getting an opportunity to work with this in French/Art again. They will also be working on a paper circuit project in French class to help tie art and French together. We’re also going to be using the ozobots I was able to purchase to do some color coding challenges in French. This will get them excited to learn the language even further. We are looking for any area that might give us wiggle room to easily incorporate more things that are hands on. They will also be doing a music project where they program the notes on a bar line to create a song (with those supplies).
Right now, we are working on creating a stop-motion project with the stories they are writing in Literacy class. They are taking a look at explorers in Canada and writing up their own adventures of what took place. Once they are done, they will be making a stop-motion production!
Grade 6-7-8 are going to be building robots and communicating their build in French! Very exciting to be programming and learning the vocabulary. And the STEM group is going to be coding some mBots I was able to purchase for Robot wars!
(Editor’s note: Ozobots and mBots are robots used as teaching tools to help kids learn to code)