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Fletcher teacher wins STEM fellowship

A Fletcher Elementary School teacher is among North Carolina educators that the Discovery Place Education Studio chose for STEM Fellowship, a three-year program that prepares local teachers for hands-on learning experiences in order to deliver high-impact lessons in science, technology, engineering and math.

Stephanie Patton was among the 26 winners from more than 70 applications for the 2015 STEM Fellows class.
“STEM Fellows is not only about increasing STEM content in the classroom, but more importantly about learning how to engage students in impactful, meaningful conversations that are relevant in our everyday lives,” Discovery Place Education Studio Director Stephanie Hathaway said in a news release. “There is an urgent need both locally and nationally to support teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Our goal is to equip them with the right tools, technology and confidence that they need to broaden inquiry-based STEM education.”
STEM Fellows is the flagship offering of Discovery Place Education Studio and is designed to give teachers and educators skills and tools that can be adapted to meet the needs of their own classrooms. Over the three-year program, participants will move from learning about STEM content and science education to becoming community problem solvers and engaging in action-based research in their own classrooms.