Two teachers from Whitko Community Schools joined the Indiana STEM Education Conference hosted at Purdue University's School of Education on Wednesday, January 15th. Teachers Brittany Hamm and Ashley Roberts were chosen specifically to present.
For those new to STEM, the acronym stands for Science Technology Engineering and Math. Often an “A” is also incorporated to represent Art, making the acronym STEAM. The Indiana Department of Education’s webpage explains it further, saying: “STEM guides our vision of ensuring all K-12 Indiana students graduate with critical thinking skills. Indiana students must have access to a world-class STEM education necessary to compete in an innovation-driven economy. STEM will equip students with 21st century skills, preparing future generations of Hoosiers to thrive in STEM-related businesses and industries.”
Hamm has been integral in Whitko's campaign to assist in completing the Common Sense School certification school-wide, which warns students about possible dangers of the internet and how to use common sense to avoid sites that may not be age or school appropriate. Roberts, also a major contributor to student development, is the Project Lead the Way instructor for both PES and SWE. Additionally Roberts coaches the elementary LEGO Robotics teams which host an annual gathering each spring.
According to Ward Lamon, Whitko's Curriculum and Special Services Director, "Brittany and Ashley are doing an outstanding job. They have impressed administrators and teachers from around the state!" High praise well deserved for two of Whitko's finest.