STEMmersion engages educators in Santa Rosa County schools

Holley-Navarre Intermediate school teacher Lauren Goodin participated in interactive activities and workshops focused on teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) July 14-17 during the 2016 Discovery Education Summer STEMmersion.

The program was part of a five-year partnership between the Santa Rosa County School District and Discovery Education for the STEAM INNOVATE! Initiative. STEAM adds the arts to the STEM moniker.

Of the 37 attending teachers from the U.S. and Kuwait, four hailed from Santa Rosa County. Joshua Simmons of Bennett Russell Elementary, Tally Piscopo of S.S. Dixon Intermediate and Amanda Hutchins of Jay Elementary School joined Goodin on the trek to Loyola University in Chicago, Ill.

These four teachers were selected for being STEAM leaders in the school system Director of Federal Programs Karen Barber said.

“They’ve been steam innovators this past year,” she said. “They have demonstrated that they are going to be great mentors to other STEAM teachers. We are going to continue to cultivate those STEAM teachers, so that they can continue to teach others.”

Topics of interest were virtual reality in the classroom, STEM grant writing and teaching engineering in the classroom.

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