What started as an informal gathering for sharing STEM resources with teachers has become a regular monthly meeting held in different locations.
This week, the meeting which is now known as Teacher Tuesday will be held at Morton Junior High School. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month at a different location. The meeting at Morton Junior High is intended to showcase a junior high classroom which is dedicated to career development and STEM.
“We decided that we had a lot of neat things going on in the Morton district revolving around STEM, so we thought, what if we had one of these Teacher Tuesdays in a district where teachers were actually doing these things,” said Michelle Peterson, assistant principal at Lincoln Elementary in Morton CUSD 709. “It’s just to collaborate, have conversations, and see what’s working. Hopefully, we’ll give our teachers the resources they need to continue STEM education.”
In addition to observing the classroom, teachers will learn about a mentor program at the high school which partners businesses through the chamber of commerce with students.
According to Jay Babin, an engineer at Caterpillar Inc., Teacher Tuesdays were started because of an incredible interest shown by local teachers. iHe is a a director of the makerspace River City Labs.
“We have a lot of teachers who come to us and ask us to teach on topics like 3D printing or microprocessors,” Babin said.