Heather Love-Fleck was recently named “San Diego CUE Innovative TOSA of the Year.” This came as no surprise to her students or colleagues, who see her continually innovating in the classroom. “Every time I visit her lab, I’m amazed by all the creativity, collaboration and innovation going on,” said Josh Thibodeaux, Technology Coordinator.
Students in Heather’s STEM lab work on inquiry-based learning activities that encourage them to question, research, collaborate, prototype, fail, improve and reflect. Their projects this year have included a solar car challenge, roller coaster rally and a simple machine challenge.
But students in the STEM lab learn about a lot more than just STEM.
“One of the most important skills students build in the STEM lab is resiliency. Their ideas don’t always work the first time. I encourage students to persevere and continually improve their work,” Heather said.