Hello Clissold Cougars!
It is my absolute pleasure to provide daytime S.T.E.M. instruction! Let me introduce myself and then jump right in to the course overview and expectations.
About Ms. Brewer:
I am a licensed educator, with multiple certifications, and this is my eleventh year of teaching! I am a proud alumni of Illinois State University, where I graduated with honors and was inducted into two honor fraternities. Throughout my years, I've been honored to receive multiple awards for my work with youth of various ages, creating innovative and engaging curriculum, and providing opportunities for students to shine at the city, county, and state levels. Within my first three years of teaching, I coached multiple students to become published writers, and I presented at conferences for fellow educators on state and national stages.
After those first three years, I decided to come back home, and focus utilizing my talents in my hometown, Chicago. Since then, I've been recognized by a former governor of Illinois, mayor of Chicago, CEO of CPS, and principals of schools throughout the Chicagoland area for my ability to provide unique and inspiring opportunities for youth that cross my path. During my time at Clissold, I've worked with students in VISION After School, and we were able to win 6 titles of Grand Champions of Cook County and the State of Illinois.
I look forward to this new endeavor at Clissold and spreading the joy and love of learning to more of the Clissold family!
S.T.E.M. is a large area of instruction, and it can't be conquered all in one day. But, please believe, I will try to get as much in as I possibly can!
This first quarter, the culminating project all classes will participate in is the National Youth Science Month (October). For the 2nd-5th grade students, we will participate in Google's NYSD challenge, which is focused around coding.
Please see the side panel for "S.T.E.M. Concepts & Vocab" to have an idea of what will be covered in this quarter.
Due to the course description, purpose, and mission, students will be expected to handle themselves and the equipment with respect. Essentially, it is expected that when tablets, robots, chemicals, and other materials are introduced to students for the execution of the class' curriculum, it is our expectation that students will heed instruction, not be destructive nor disruptive, and every student will maintain academic honesty (not overwriting/manipulating another student's algorithms/codes/experiments without consent and not passing another's work off as his/her own).
Check out some of the featured videos shown during Ingenuity Night!
S.T.E.M. Concepts & Vocab for Q1:
- Algorithm Design
- Block Coding
- Computational Thinking
- Python Coding