Alcester-Hudson’s History Honored as a Founding Member of Prestigious National STEM Scholar Program – Mitchell Republic

ALCESTER, SD — An Alcester-Hudson teacher was recognized this week as a founding member of a prestigious professional development program designed specifically for STEM teachers.

Marie Story, a fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade science and social studies teacher at Alcester-Hudson, was celebrated alongside other STEM teachers from across the United States for their innovative classroom implementation of concepts in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In 2016, Story was among the first class of just 10 teachers selected nationally to participate in the National STEM Scholars Program – an ongoing program aimed at expanding how middle school teachers introduce STEM concepts to their students.

Created in partnership between the National Stem Cell Foundation and Western Kentucky University, the National STEM Scholar Program annually selects ten teachers from a national pool of applicants based solely on the description of a “big idea” challenge project that the candidate would implement if funds were available.

Each of the 10 teachers received funding to implement their Challenge project in their classrooms and received a Chromebook to encourage continued collaboration with other STEM scholars. They were also sponsored by the program to attend the National Science Teaching Association’s national conference the following spring.

Marie Story, Alcester-Hudson School District

“Educators like Marie are making a difference in the academic choices students make that will open or close the door to STEM careers,” said Dr. Paula Grisanti, CEO of the National Stem Cell Foundation, which oversees the National STEM Scholars program. “We believe our investment in teachers who inspire and motivate middle school students at this critical age of decision-making will have a direct impact on the development of a new generation of scientists in academic research, cutting-edge technology and engineering. infrastructures.

Grisanti said students who begin learning STEM subjects in middle school are more likely to become interested in them in high school and even more likely to choose a major in a STEM field in middle school.

Six years later, Story was invited to attend the first meeting of scholars of the National STEM Scholar Program from March 30 to April 3 in Houston.

While there, Story will meet with his class of 2016 scholars as well as other recently inducted scholars from colleges across the country. Instructors from around the world will also be in attendance, giving Story the opportunity to experience and implement new concepts in his classroom at Alcester.

At the reunion, Story will receive a National STEM Scholar Charter Member Certificate and be asked to film a description of her challenge project to be included in the

STEM digital university library

— a new online digital resource available free of charge to teachers, students and parents in virtual and traditional classrooms around the world.

Soon in its seventh year, there are 60 National STEM Fellows representing colleges in 29 states, with 10 more Fellows to be announced later this spring. Of these scholars, 93% teach in public schools, 43% teach in medium-to-high poverty schools, while 41% teach in communities of less than 15,000 people.

A unique requirement of the program is the responsibility of STEM Fellows to share lessons learned with colleagues in their home schools, districts, or states, which amplifies impact across multiple grades and years.

By June 2022, STEM scholars will have directly and indirectly impacted approximately 66,000 middle school students in the United States.

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