On a brisk January morning, students enter Mrs. (Kimberly) Berkley’s classroom in the rural town of Meyersdale, Pa. with a sense of purpose and excitement as they slip on their white lab coats. Brightly colored posters on the wall proclaim “Future Scientists of America” and “Science is Way Cool!”
Middle school educator and founder of Sisters e S.T.E.A.M., Venneasha Davis, and Director of Curriculum, Norman Catalano, are dedicated to inspiring middle school girls through inquiry-based STEAM education at Woodland Hills School District.
Real-world, student-centered learning can take place almost anywhere—including juvenile detention centers. ASSET partnered with educators at Shuman Juvenile Detention Center to deliver a series of professional development offerings at a time when rehabilitation and education within correctional facilities was being examined by lawmakers and the public more closely than ever.
Dr. Kathi Elliott is the Executive Director of Gwen's Girls, a nonprofit focused on girls and young women. Gwen's Girls received professional development and hands-on instructional materials through the Access ASSET program for under-resourced educators. Dr. Elliott believes that professional development is necessary; engineering is everywhere; and design challenges spark meaningful learning for students.