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Metairie STEM hub gets science teachers inspired and equipped for hands-on lab lessons, all for free
Arielle Hunter can’t even begin to describe the challenges of being a high school science teacher. “This is one of the only jobs that you have to prepare for the workday. And then you leave that workday with work to grade, and then you have to prepare for the next...
NEW ORLEANS – STEM Library Lab has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new STEM Ecosystem Hub headquarters in Metairie. STEM Library Lab is a local nonprofit that fosters high-quality active learning by providing teachers and students...
It is a place that gives teachers critical supplies that they would maybe have to purchase themselves. Each year teachers spend hundreds of dollars of their own money providing items for their classrooms. During the coronavirus pandemic, STEM Library Lab had to adapt...
Todd Wackerman thought he was going to be a history teacher. Then he ended up teaching physics “almost by accident" and discovered his passion for science education. Wackerman decided to combine that passion with a lifelong desire to address racial and socioeconomic...
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...
In the weeks following the police killing of George Floyd, my colleague, New Orleans educator Nahliah Webber, posed an unconventional idea. She invited us to reflect on something happening in the schools where white children learn, causing them to grow up to become...
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...
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...
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...
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...
“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....
For my first ever STEM Library Lab blog post, I want to introduce a phenomenon that we have encountered in a variety of contexts, entwined in our work to combat systemic inequities in New Orleans public schools. STEM Library Lab has a deliberate equity...
Originally published TAYLORHUB, February 4, 2018 NewDay Challenge Award recipient Todd Wackerman is an MBA student at Tulane’s Freeman School. After completing the Changemaker Institute in 2017, he has conducted market validation and industry research...
Originally published TAYLORHUB, February 4, 2018 NewDay Challenge Award recipient Todd Wackerman is an MBA student at Tulane’s Freeman School. As he prepares to open his K-12 STEM equipment library for business in 2018, Todd visited analog facilities in a...
Originally published TAYLORHUB, February 3, 2018 NewDay Challenge Award recipient Todd Wackerman is an MBA student at Tulane’s Freeman School. As he prepares to open his K-12 STEM equipment library for business in 2018, Todd attended the National...
Originally published TAYLORHUB, February 2, 2018 Alvarez Spark Innovation Award recipient Todd Wackerman is an MBA student at Tulane’s Freeman School. To validate assumptions about his proposed nonprofit, Todd conducted a series of design-thinking...
Originally published TAYLORHUB, February 1, 2018 Alvarez Spark Innovation Award recipient Todd Wackerman is an MBA student at Tulane’s Freeman School. To validate assumptions about his proposed nonprofit, Todd conducted a series of design-thinking...