Webinar presented on 2016-01-28.
How can busy educators make STEM an active and engaging part of learning for students? The Works in Newark, Ohio provides fun and engaging STEM experiences within - and out- of their museum walls. Join The Works Specialists Meghan Federer and Rori Leath and discover how industry, education and community come together in a positive, mutually beneficial atmosphere. Be inspired to reach out grow a STEM community of support through unique partnerships and create engaging , interactive experiences for students in nontraditional ways. Two of The Works' premier STEM programs, Kids' Tech University and STEMfest, will be explained with special emphasis place on how these programs create lifelong learners ready for a STEM-tastic future.
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Meghan recently joined The Works team in mid-August, 2015. Meghan was previously a part of The Ohio State University’s Center for Life Science Education and Department of Teaching and Learning where she taught introductory biology and worked with pre-service teachers in math and science. Originally an arachnologist and cave ecologist, she has her BS in Biology and Psychology from Alma College and her MS in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology from The Ohio State University. Meghan’s love for teaching and her focus on understanding student learning began in graduate school where she shifted focus to explore how students construct meaning during their explanation of complex scientific concepts. During this time, she received her MS and PhD Teaching and Learning from The Ohio State University. Meghan enjoys spending time outdoors and inspiring a love and understanding of the natural world in her students. She is excited about the opportunity to connect with the youth of Licking County and inspire a love of STEM.
Rori Leath, Director of STEM Education, Primary Grades for The Works Rori has been with The Works since September 2006, initially joining the team as the Education and Volunteer Coordinator. Rori’s love for interpretive education began early in her career when she took an internship and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens during college. Following completion of her BA in Biology and Psychobiology from Hiram, she joined the COSI team as an Outreach Demonstrator and summer camp instructor. During her time at The Works she has worked to develop and expand all STEM initiatives, including school tours, outreach, summer camps, scouting, and our signature event, STEMfest! Her favorite programs allow her to get hands-on and interact with the youngest learners at The Works to excite them about STEM and inspire a love of learning. During her ‘spare’ time, Rori serves as volunteer fire fighter for the Newark Township Fire Department, where she is president of the association.
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