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As a reminder, the purpose of the NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows Program is to enhance professional competence and develop the leadership abilities necessary for science leaders to operate effectively in various leadership positions in science education. Currently, NCSLA has 12 active Science Leadership Fellows enrolled in the program. Our successful program is supported by the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center (NCSMT) and the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation.
‘Problem Based Learning (PBL) for all’ was the primary topic of choice for the April Science Leadership Summit held on Saturday April 6th at the DPS Staff Development Center in Durham, NC. NCSLA Executive Director, Pat Shane, and Fellows Committee members, Squeaky Altman-Lewis, Carla Billups, Mark Case, Dennis Kubasko and new committee member, Alisa Wickliff, collaborated to provide Fellows with an opportunity to network with NCSLA sponsors, STEM education leaders, professional colleagues and friends. Fellows participated in a variety of the Saturday sessions delivered in support of PBL to engage and motivate students in STEM education.
Prior to concluding the Science Leadership Summit, Alyssa Wickliff, past NCSLA president, developed a Speed-Meet activity for the Fellows to interface with the NCSLA Board of Directors. In ‘Speed-OLOGY’, Fellows had rapid conversations with the board. They had the chance to feed their curiosity, ask burning questions, swap stories, and find out what happens in science education across the state. Fellows had six minutes at each station in groups of two, and there were six stations in all. Fellows were provided with guiding questions to help drive the conversations, although in almost all cases, the communication was organic and natural. It was a great opportunity for everyone to share their stories. I know that these conversations will serve the 2018-2020 Fellows cohort well when they are ready to pursue leadership roles in the organization. What a great experience!
Science Leadership Fellows ‘Shout-outs’!
Jenifer Carson continues to seek out funding and materials for her school's STEM Lab, with three successful Donors Choose projects, and with Bright Ideas and Burroughs Wellcome PRISM applications in progress. Her most recent efforts include building a STEM reference library for students and faculty. See the link: https://www.donorschoose.org/project/explore-research-and-build-books-for/4142994/
At the beginning of May, Grady A. Brown Elementary celebrated its 3rd Annual Family Science Night, with approximately 400 attendees and included community experts from UNC, NCCU, EPA, and more. Fourth and fifth graders led hands-on activities, while younger students displayed their engineering projects. The night was a huge success!
Covey Denton received the NSTA Vernier Education award for Elementary teachers and traveled to St.Louis where she was able to present as a part of Elementary Extravaganza, lead a roundtable discussion and the share a thon for ‘Meet me in the Middle’. She was elected to the Board of Directors for National Middle Level Science Teachers Association (NMLSTA). Covey received Toshiba America's Grant where she completed the grant work during the February Fellow’s workshop. She received $3600 for her STEM lab. Covey had students win first place in the SPARK video contest, a first and second place national award winners in the ORISE student contest, and a Regional Winning team of students for the Exploravision competition.
Elizabeth Jones with the STEM Council, hosted Robocon, a celebration of robotics in Brunswick County. Also, she is getting ready to provide engaging professional development for the teachers she serves during the end of school teacher workdays.
Britnee Reid had students place regionally for their creative air quality projects in the games and video category in the statewide AQ IQ Contest. The following projects placed in their category:
- “Pollution Disaster”
- “Transportation – Stop Motion”
- “Air Quality – Forest Fires”
These projects will now move onto the statewide level and be judged next week. Congratulations to these hardworking students!
Valerie Sellars hosted STEM in Alamance County, an NC Science Festival Event. Participants experienced STEM activities and learned about local STEM careers lead by Graham High School students, LabCorp, and Alamance Community College.