Congratulations to Lara Cabiness from Coltrane-Webb STEM Elementary in Concord.
Congratulations to Lara Cabiness from Coltrane-Webb STEM Elementary School in Concord! Her project, “Engineering for Girls,” was selected as the winner of our 2013 Creative Classroom Contest.
About the Contest
More than 55 entries were received for our 2013 Creative Classroom Contest. The winning teacher will receive $500 to make her project come to life. Our judges, from around North Carolina, included:
- the former North Carolina Teacher of the Year
- three current teachers
- an elementary school principal
- a middle school princpal
About the Winning Entry
Lara Cabiness submitted the following: Our school is concerned about the low number of females who pursue a career in the field of engineering. Currently, 89% of engineers are male. Engineering requires problem-solving, collaboration, and communication. These skills are critical for success, and we want all students to practice them each day. We have clubs at our school that involve every student. One of our clubs is going to target females and create enthusiasm and passion for engineering. We will do this by purchasing at least 6 Roominate Engineering kits. These are designed to teach young girls what engineering is by making it fun and accessible. These kits will be used by our second and third graders. With Roominate, students use structural engineering skills to design rooms in a house. They then complete the house by setting up their own electrical wiring. We also plan to purchase at least 6 GoldieBlox Engineering Construction sets for our kindergarten and first grade students. Students will become a female engineer who hopes to dethrone a princess with her skills. This is definitely breaking a stereotype! The role models in both toys are engineers who are smart, curious, and confident. These are certainly qualities we want to develop in our students! Engineers are solving some of the biggest challenges our society faces, and females must become a part of these solutions. We are so excited about this project. Please consider what an influence this would have on the young girls in our school. We know that early exposure through these toys will inspire the next generation of female technology innovators!
This contest is proudly presented by Linville Caverns.
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