Teacher Spotlight: Wendy Bowers

July 2, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ STEM in Education,Teacher Spotlight Series

Wendy Bowers

Math Teacher, Olympia High School

What does STEM look like in your classroom?

An Engineering Design Project. A project that includes all the engineering design steps.

What is your favorite STEM activity to do with students?

Creating a mini golf course in STEM geometry

What motivates you to provide STEM-based opportunities for students? 
I see the students grow, gain confidence and apply what they are learning. Several of my students have said they hated math, but loved the STEM projects.
What advice do you have for teachers who are unsure of how to integrate STEM into their curriculum? 
It is such great fun. It will be scary to get out of your comfort zone but totally worth it. We need to teach kids that it is okay to fail and the best learning opportunities are the ones where students have to “redo” something or start over. Allow students to overcome the challenges on their own. Guide them and lead them, but be careful not to steer them onto one path. When you open up a true STEM learning opportunity to kids you will see amazing things happen with your students.