Revitalizing Elementary Science through 3-D InterAgtion
Valerie Bayes holds a degree in Biological Sciences from University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master's Degree from Lindenwood University in Teaching with certification in secondary biology. She serves as Monsanto’s STEM Engagement Lead in Saint Louis, Missouri. Growing up Valerie often found her curiosity getting her into trouble. From building treehouses out of recycled materials to jumping off the roof with an umbrella – asking “why” and “how” she has always been the curious type asking about phenomena and testing hypothesis. She is a strong advocated for the scientific method. Her work is focuses on creating authentic agricultural experiences demonstrating the sophistication and integral nature of STEM through agriculture.
Debra Spielmaker is a Professor at Utah State University in the School of Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education. Dr. Spielmaker is also the Team Leader of the National Center for Agricultural Literacy. For 18 years, Debra directed the Utah Agriculture in the Classroom program at Utah State University. She has conducted numerous teacher professional development trainings for hundreds of university education majors and practicing teachers statewide. She has created nearly 200 classroom-ready resources for K-12 teachers in the areas of science, social studies, nutrition, and career and technical education. She believes that agriculture is the ideal theme to contextualize academic content, meet educational standards, and that everyone should understand agriculture as it affects their quality of life and their environment.
Sarah Young provides leadership as Digital Teaching and Learning Coordinator with the Utah State Board of Education, and was previously the K-12 Science Specialist and the STEM Liaison for Utah. Beyond the state of Utah, Young has been a board member with the Council for State Science Supervisors and engages in leadership, presentation and conference planning with the national community of state science and STEM specialists. She served on a national advisory team for Elementary STEM with SRI International and the US Department of Education. Finally, she has experience writing for the National Science Teachers Association, and has published two texts, The Gourmet Lab: The Scientific Principles Behind Your Favorite Foods (2011), and The New Science Teacher’s Handbook – What You Didn’t Learn From Student Teaching (2013). She is an advocate for STEM education, and passionate about creating access and equity for all students to engage in STEM learning.
DeEtta Andersen teaches at Center Point High School in Iowa. She engages her biology and physical science classes by exploring water issues, renewable and nonrenewable resources, genetic engineering, and alternative energy. She uses project-based learning to explore issues and gets her students engaged in authentic land and water settings.
Denise Scribner teaches high school biology, ecology and forensic crime science in Wichita, Kansas. She uses a school wildlife learning site to educate students about 300 varieties of native and cultivated plants, and soil types and profiles. In addition, students in her forensic crime science class learn about the biogeochemical cycle by investigating a mystery involving contaminated soil at a farm.
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Underwritten by the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization and the National Center for Agricultural Literacy