On November 1st, I attended the Massachusetts STEM Summit at the DCU Center in Worcester. It was a great day of learning and sharing among educators and community members from around the state.
I was very excited to co-present a session called Let You Inner Child Out in the STEM Playground with my colleague and good friend, Rayna Freedman. As registrations rolled in with the selection of sessions, our session became very popular. At one point, we were told that our session needed to be moved to a ballroom to accommodate the number of attendees who selected our presentation during our time slot. Boy, were we in for a surprise! The ballroom was set up for 200 attendees and we ended up with a packed, standing-room-only crowd with people who couldn’t even make it into the room! Our goal was to speak to the attendees about the importance of hands-on, experiential learning and then to let them play! We presented for maybe 15 minutes with this slideshow, and then turned it over to the playground! The educators had so much fun playing with the toys we brought: Hyperduino, Makey Makey kits, Snap Circuits, Barbie bungee jump, Sphero Ollies, playing card towers, catapults, Hotwheels, and more that I’m probably forgetting. I’ve put in some photos below to see the fun!
I will be presenting a modified version of this session at the MBEA Conference in April 2017. With the NBEA supporting STEM education within business in Policy Statement 99, this is perfect timing! I look forward to bringing more STEM education to Massachusetts business educators.
I was also extremely honored to have been named a finalist for the 2016 Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year by the Hall at Patriot Place and Raytheon. What an honor to be included with the other amazing STEM superstars in Massachusetts. I am extremely grateful for the grant that was given to me to further my STEM program back at Mansfield High School as well. I already have some ideas of where that money could be spent wisely!
About the blogger: Jacqueline Prester is a business and technology teacher at Mansfield High School. She has been nationally recognized for her contributions to education in technology, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and STEM integration. Jacqueline was the 2015 Massachusetts Business Teacher of the Year, a 2016 finalist for the Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year, and a 2017 semi-finalist for the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. She currently serves on the Board of Directors and as the Treasurer for MassCUE, on the Board of Directors and as the Secretary for the Massachusetts Business Educators Association, and co-founded Edcamp Southeastern Massachusetts. Connect with her on Twitter @mrsprester or at mrsprester.com.
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