Kim Turner is a 4th and 5th grade teacher in the Personalized Enrichment and Advancement of Knowledge (PEAK) program at Alexander Doniphan Elementary in Liberty, Missouri. In 2017, Kim's students won 5th place in the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains, securing $12,000 in funding. They used the money to build an innovative STEAM lab, filled with hands-on stations where students explore topics that interest them.
Tune in as we ask Kim:
- What is your teaching background? (0:24)
- Why did you choose to bring STEAM into your school? (1:43)
- What did it take to persuade your administration to support you in this feat? (3:39)
- Walk us through the steps necessary to set up a STEAM Lab. (4:29)
- What is your role as a teacher or guide during lab time? (8:44)
- How did you select the activities and products for your STEAM Lab? (10:41)
- What results have you seen from this program? (14:30)
- What advice do you have for others who would like to set up a STEAM Lab in their learning environment? (17:51)
The whole Alexander Doniphan PEAK team, including Kim Turner, Stephanie Overcast and Jenn Mann, was named 2019 Innovator of the Year for the Liberty Public School District and won an additional $1,000 to put toward their program.
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