In an age of rapidly advancing technology, exposure to STEM Education is more critical than ever. Deborah Cornelison, a science teacher from Oklahoma recognized the importance of STEM education in her classrooms.

According to the Pew Research center, jobs in the STEM field are some of the fastest growing in America, but students in rural communities have been mostly left out of the push to prioritize STEM. Cornelison’s approach to education sought to focus her stem curriculum and teaching around a students’ ability to use what they have learned to improve their local community.

Cornelison credits the development of her career and life skills not to her high grades but to the extracurricular activities including science fairs. This is in part why her approach to STEM education has moved beyond the traditional science classrooms filled with lectures and formulas. Cornelison believes that students learn best by doing, and that research projects will lead to greater understanding, senses of fulfillment, and social skills. Through encouraging her students to research problems in the area and help to implement possible solutions, she helps them to foster key citizenship skills.

Many of Cornelison’s students have conducted their own research and participated in some of the largest science fair competitions, including Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair. Scientific Research has the potential to open up doors for students to sharpen their skills and improve the world around them. Encourage your students to get involved in their local Terra Science and Engineering Fair. Read more on the Atlantic.

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