Maker (Educator) Highlight: Emily Burk

An early adopter of “ed tech”—1-to-1 laptops, tech apps, Google For Schooling—Emily had college students creating movies and including coding to their tasks, typically utilizing inexperienced screens and Spheroballs (together with designing coded impediment programs representing the plot of texts like Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet). Collaborations and cross-curricular expertise allowed college students to have interaction extra meaningfully with the required texts. College students additionally created tasks on The Odyssey and the International Hero’s Journey the place they constructed units and built-in AV that they confirmed off the to the group in a Pink Carpet Occasion.

In 2015, Emily transitioned to the college library. There she began the college’s first Maker Membership and continued to create house for college kids to get busy making. With 15+ youngsters coming commonly to the STEAM membership, they explored expertise and by yr two had selected a bunch mission—a life-sized model of a 1977 Chevrolet Truck made out of PVC, cardboard, cloth, and possibly some 3D printed elements and supplies donated from group companies that the scholars had deliberate, proposed, and sourced themselves. It was made within the library (by no means totally accomplished, however no much less of an achievement) and served as an ongoing commercial for the STEAM membership and maker tradition in Anna ISD.

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