Becky Schnekser

Science, Technology, and Global Educator, Cape Henry Collegiate

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You will accomplish amazing things--just do it.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I plan, curate, and implement immersive science, technology, and global curricula for elementary age students. My students truly learn by doing rather than as receivers of information. For example: my students partner with scientists in the field to complete STEM/STEAM projects that solve an actual problem the scientists face in the field.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I chose to be a science educator when I realized is was a highly neglected subject in elementary schools worldwide. I wanted to make a difference and make science and particularly authentic experiences with science content a reality for students.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

Working in the field, brushing shoulders with scientists, is an accomplishment that younger me would never in a million years think was possible. I have worked with scientists in nearly every discipline of science, seen and participated in their protocols although at the age of 8, I was told this would never be a reality for me. Even as I went on to study education and eventually became a teacher--it took 20 years for me to see that I CAN and WILL be in the field with scientists, making a difference in the world of research, but also in the world of education.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

I love knowing that STEM is never finished. The process itself is an ongoing cycle that always has room for improvement. I enjoy working with STEM and students as a combination to change and shape the future. I love seeing my students as integral parts of STEM and observing their work, accomplishments, and empowerment as result make a lasting impact on me as an educator and citizen of the world.

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

You will accomplish amazing things--just do it. STEM is challenging and frustrating, but when you hold a prototype in your hand when you look back on the journey you took to get to the "end", you will see the incredible growth and accomplishment.

INSPO / FUN FACT

"It's not supposed to be easy, it's supposed to be worth it.” Dave Burgess

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