In 2019 we were so proud to award the Inspirational STEM Teacher Award to five 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.
Maura Tait of Kennebecasis Valley High School
(in her own words)
I would certainly like to encourage all teachers to share their STEM activities and apply for the APEGNB Inspirational STEM teacher award. I was very honoured and grateful to be one of the 2019 recipients. I have the large mock cheque proudly on display above my SmartBoard in my classroom. It often leads to discussions in my classroom about STEM activities and their importance.
I used the award funding to attend a summer institute in the area of Advanced Placement Chemistry. The course was offered in Toronto, Ontario in July 2019. Without the funds provided by the APEGNB award I would not have been able to attend the summer institute. The summer program was four days in length and provided me with the opportunity to meet with other teachers from around the world and share our best strategies for sharing our love of science. I made many friends that I can reach out to when looking for creative ideas in teaching subject matter. I am very much looking forward to teaching the AP chemistry course at Kennebecasis Valley high school!
Attached please find a photo of a group of my level one chemistry 12 students. As part of their final project they explored a variety of careers related to Chemistry. Their presentation was very well done. They had used a tablet and a whiteboard to create their visual presentation then sped up the recording, using technology, for their final edit for their class. Also, as can be seen in their hands, they prepared a pamphlet detailing the preparation and uses of esters.