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STEM Teacher of the Year: Denise Burton STEM Teacher of the Year: Denise Burton

Denise Burton was named one of six 2018 STEM Teachers of the Year by the Governor's Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology. Burton, previously a civil engineer, currently teaches at Northwest Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Reno Teacher Translates Green Boxes

Mt. Rose Elementary teacher, Kristen Jackson, has partnered with Desert Research Institute (DRI) to translate two of DRI’s Green Boxes into Spanish; Waste Warriors and Energy Efficiency. These hands-on STEM resources are available for classroom teachers across Nevada.

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Racquel Moultrie STEM Student Voice: Racquel Moultrie

I hope to become a Wildlife and Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon. I plan on majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and/or double majoring in Wildlife Ecology, hopefully, cum laude.

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STEM Student Voice: Nicole Rowe

I knew I was meant to be a physician senior year of high school. We got to wear white lab coats for my AP environmental science lab. As soon as I put one on and looked in a mirror I knew this was what I was meant to do, it was simply a feeling. 

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STEM Student Voice: Jamie Poston

I’m a graduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering. In particular, I work in the Intelligent Mobility Laboratory and I work on motion planning systems for an autonomous vehicle.

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STEM Student Voice: Autumn Cuellar

My goal when I graduate is to help invent technology that will help people with a disability, like the self-driving cars, and in turn help everybody else. These types of technology can make sure more people can achieve independence. 

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entries like the main character in the book Restart. “This use of technology is more STEM focused because we used the iPads as a tool for the experience, as opposed to publication.”  Riverview Elementary has been focusing on integrating STEM across all core content areas. Miss Pluta likes the change: “Before we had access to the iPads I had to teach computer science standards primarily with unplugged lessons. Now I am able to integrate my math, science, and computer science standards into lessons using the STEM Grant Spotlight: Riverview Elementary School

At Riverview Elementary School in Dayton, teachers are innovating the way they teach using technology provided by OSIT’s K-5 classroom grants.  And they’re seeing results when it comes to student engagement, problem solving, and collaboration skills.

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STEM Grant Spotlight: Peavine Elementary School

When Peavine Elementary in Washoe County set a goal to bring more hands-on, standards-based science lessons into all its classrooms, teachers were excited. 

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STEM Grant Spotlight: Oasis Academy

Oasis Academy in Fallon already had a Lego Robotics program for grades 3-12.  So, when CEO Melissa Mackedon was looking for a way to introduce her youngest learners to robotics, she turned to the Nevada STEM Advisory Council’s list of Recommended STEM Programs and found Kinderlab Robotics.

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K-12 Computer Science Access Report

Nevada is a leading state in the country for computer science education as indicated in the national K-12 Computer Science Access Report presented at the State Policy Forum on September 27, 2018 in Colorado. 

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