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STEM Library Lab-Young Bloods

STEM Library Lab-Young Bloods

St. Charles Magazine, 01/31/2020, by Lindsay Mack, Photos by Cheryl Gerber While working as a science teacher in New Orleans, Todd Wackerman faced a common dilemma: lab materials are often outside the school’s budget. To help other educators facing a similar issue,...

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Stocking the Shelves

Stocking the Shelves

Biz New Orleans, 03/01/2019, by Ashley McLellan - Careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) have been lauded for years as the path to the best jobs with the best pay, but when New Orleans math and science teacher Todd Wackerman tried to...

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STEM Library Lab – Propeller

STEM Library Lab – Propeller

STEM Library Lab is featured on the Propeller website - a nonprofit organization that helps entrepreneurs grow their nonprofits and small businesses to tackle social and environmental disparities in New Orleans....

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Milken-Penn GSE Idea Fest Finalists

Milken-Penn GSE Idea Fest Finalists

STEM Library Lab was a finalist in the Milken-Penn GSE IdeaFest competition. https://www.educationcompetition.org/content/idea-fest-finalists Submit A Comment Your email address will not be published.

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Nonprofit Spotlight: STEM Library Lab

Nonprofit Spotlight: STEM Library Lab

STEM Library Lab is featured on the Exempt Me Now website offering services for non-profit organizations. https://blog.exemptmenow.com/blog/nonprofit-spotlight-stem-library-lab Submit A Comment Your email address will not be published....

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Welcome Tiny Wave 3

Welcome Tiny Wave 3

If you’re reading this, Wave 3 of the Tiny Fellowship is on their way in. Out of over 200 applications and 50 interviews, we’ve selected 34 outstanding teams to join the Fellowship and pilot their ideas for the future of school. They are working on a...

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Blog Posts

Our Secret Mission

Our Secret Mission

STEM Library Lab has a secret mission. You probably already know our regular mission: foster high-quality active learning by providing teachers and students with access to equipment and support to drive academic success. That is legit, and it’s certainly both true and...

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Teaching Teachers to Fish

Teaching Teachers to Fish

I am no longer surprised when an elementary teacher tells me that their school has decided to use science block for community building. Nor am I surprised when a high school teacher announces they want their students to finally do an experiment this quarter. And I am...

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My Big Project- Science Biographies Collection

My Big Project- Science Biographies Collection

Today, a plan 7 years in the making comes to fruition. In 2013, I read a statistic that said the majority of students graduate high school having never completed a nonfiction text. When I searched this morning it on google, I came up dry but did find these scary stats...

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Inquiry in the Age of Coronavirus

Inquiry in the Age of Coronavirus

Many of the teachers we work with voice that they are struggling to make science hands-on and inquiry-based while remote or hybrid teaching. Absenteeism, the physical challenges of recording hybrid lessons, curriculums designed to be delivered over Zoom, and a slew of...

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the Win-Win-Win-Win-Win

the Win-Win-Win-Win-Win

A confession: I am one of those people who excessively repeats things I hear on NPR.  Last year, Mark Lloyd’s efforts to provide portable toilets to homeless Seattleites included the quote “If you have moral clarity, you aren't in deep enough.” Which I love. Or...

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The Problem of “One More Thing”

The Problem of “One More Thing”

“This sounds great, but it's one more thing, and I just don’t have time for that.” In the past three years building STEM Library Lab, this one sentence has continually flummoxed me. Today I want to dive into the problem of “One More Thing.” As a teacher, this was me....

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Resourcing the Under-resourced

Resourcing the Under-resourced

The problem, resourcing the under-resourced, is deceptively challenging. We sent invitations for appointments to the Teacher Free-Store to over 2,000 local educators in the last 2 weeks. Of the respondents, 92% have been from schools with an “A” grade on their SPS score. “A” schools make up less than 10% of all Orleans Parish public schools. Do the teachers at C, D, and F schools just not need free supplies? We know empirically this is not the case, so are forced to ask, what makes those teachers less likely to take advantage of a resource?

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Networking with the STEM Education Centers

Networking with the STEM Education Centers

I originally discovered the NSEC while completing an assignment for the Changemaker Institute, which directed me to seek out organizations nationally doing similar work to STELL.  I found, among others, SwI STEM in Indiana, who advised me to attend.  And I am thankful that I listened.

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