Category Archives: STEM

When you give a student a mouse…

…they discover how food additives affect physical and cognitive performance. This is just one of the lessons learned by  students in Marnie Steele’s Nutrition Science class. Through the International Telementor Program, Steele enlisted the help of professionals working in the … Continue reading

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Flood zones and student motivation recover when students engage in authentic work

By David Neils When students know they’re tackling real issues, they’ll put in real effort. Molly and Morgan, two 6th-grade students at Trail Ridge Middle School had an opportunity to tackle a real issue recently–the Colorado flood of fall 2013 that ravaged their community of Longmont, Colorado. … Continue reading

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Planting business seeds and growing change agents

Lynne Chrismer, marketing teacher at Holt High School in Wentzville, Missouri, could be called a high-tech farmer. She continuously plants seeds of business savviness and harvests crops of students who are change agents for the world. With support from the … Continue reading

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Students get birdseye view of nesting birds

Students from Westview Middle School in Longmont, built a nesting box for kestrels right before their spring break. The work was part of their International Telementor Program-supported conservation project. Jason Helmus, their teacher, provided some help as well. The nesting … Continue reading

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Students “dig” real science

Students in Longmont, Colorado, are digging their science class. They get to solve genuine conservation and natural resources issues that exist in their own backyard. With the help of Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch in Loveland, Colorado, and mentors from Agilent … Continue reading

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Teachers should stay home if they’re not taking risks

“If you’re just going to play it safe, you might as well stay home.” This is how Cameron Shinn, a 6th-grade English teacher at Preston Middle School in Fort Collins, Colorado, feels about his profession. He believes risk taking is … Continue reading

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STEM School Sows Seed of Success for CSA Farm

Students enrolled in the Westview Middle School’s STEM Academy are allowed space in their academic agenda to explore topics in which they are interested. When given the freedom to explore real-world issues and support from real-life professionals through the International … Continue reading

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Bobcats, A Lion and Measurable Student Learning Outcomes—Oh, Deer!

PrestonMiddle School 6th-grade students are learning about and improving wildlife habitat in their 3,000+ acre science classroom located at the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch west of Loveland, Colorado. International Telementor Program Founder and Director David Neils arranged for northern Colorado … Continue reading

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