STEM Practices and Experiences Evolving at Ellen Ochoa STEM AcademyBy Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on February 20, 2014 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education, Teacher Training Workshops
I had conducted several days of STEM training to the K-5 teachers of Ellen Ochoa STEM Academy at Ben Milam Elementary summer of 2013. I was glad to visit the Ellen Ochoa STEM Academy this week to provide follow-up STEM teacher training to the staff. The staff continued to journal about their STEM experiences via reflective journals. Time was spent reinforcing STEM practices via the teachers conducting STEM investigations via an inquiry-based process. Additionally, developing critical thinking skills and incorporating the engineering design process were integral components of the STEM training. During lunch break, I had the opportunity to talk with Mr. Robert Girgis, the STEM Teacher for the Ellen Ochoa STEM Academy on what STEM investigations are taking place within the STEM lab. What a motivated, and dedicated teacher who I believe is providing inspiration to the entire K-5 staff, and students of Ellen Ochoa STEM Academy. The following photos were taken during the training. Additional photos of Mr. Girgis’s STEM Lab Centers including hydroponics, ecosystems, growing crystals, and more. To check out the Ellen Ochoa STEM Academy at Ben Milam Elementary website click here.