Lindsey Own, coordinator of Evergreen's BIG Lab makerspace, is back from a week at the international STEM Fair in Shanghai, China. Lindsey presented a featured talk titled "Explicitly Building Engineering Mindsets with Young Children," in which she shared Evergreen's story from 2012, when we first began discussing the possibility of creating a makerspace, to today, when every student in the school applies their academic learning and engineering skills in the BIG Lab. She also facilitated a workshop titled "Growing STEM Mindsets with Simple Materials," where families visiting the STEM fair built mechanical pistons out of cardboard.
From music and theater to a Q&A with a panel of veterans on stage, what a wonderful Veterans Day assembly we had today, under the leadership of Student Council!
Led by the primary division choir, the morning started off with energetic all-school singing—the very catchy Evergreen School song, followed by the national anthem and My Country 'Tis of Thee—and then featured a play about WWII-era women pilots, performed by the 4th and 5th graders. The assembly finished up with a highlight: a thought-provoking panel of seven veterans—younger and older, female and male, from all different branches of the armed services.
The 4th and 5th grade play centered on the too-little-known history of the WASP: Women Airforce Service Pilots.
Congratulations to Kiki Contreras, 7th grade advisor and middle school science teacher, who received an "Outstanding New Biology Teacher" award over the weekend!
Kiki is looking forward to bringing many inspiring new ideas and teaching tools back to her classroom from the National Association of Biology Teachers conference, as well as to sharing them with her colleagues. Nice work!