WakeEd Partnership Hosts SummerSTEM Event
100 educators from Wake County attended this eight-day professional development program
Ashley Silva of Rolesville Elementary School learned about tracking the health of a stinkbug colony at SummerSTEM.
Photo courtesy of BASF Corporation
Over the summer, 100 educators from Wake County attended WakeEd Partnership’s SummerSTEM event, an eight-day professional development program in which participants learn how to incorporate real-world STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) into their K-12 classroom curricula from companies like BASF, Duke Energy, IBM and Red Hat. Demonstrations included “Amazing Maize and Corn,” “Chromatography Butterfly and Chemistry Lab,” “Pollination Kids Lab Meets Pollinator Garden” and more.
Teachers were able to “drive” in a dump truck simulator, learn how to weld, shadow an automobile collision repair expert, work as nurses using anatomical models, code with robots and participate in many other experiences to further SummerSTEM’s goal.
“I learned that businesses look for the same qualities in employees we, as teachers, look for in students — problem solvers!” says Casey O’Brien, a fifth-grade teacher at A.B. Combs Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh.
Learn more about SummerSTEM at wakeed.org/programs/summerstem.