Last week was our first week offering Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) classes at The STEM Shoppe. It was so rewarding to see the excitement and passion in the children. It’s just another reminder of why I decided to become an educator. I have always loved teaching and learning. As a child my sisters and I would play scientists. We used to come up with the craziest science experiments. If our mother only knew we would have been in so much trouble.
As a licensed educator I have taught 4th-6th grades over the past eight years and I still love messy science experiments. I’m not surprised when my students show up in my classroom and say they don’t like Science, but leave my class stating that it is their favorite subject. Why does this happen? What am I doing differently? I have a passion for curriculum integration in the classroom. I completed my Masters project on integration because it is the scientific solution to the problem of not having enough hours in a given school day to teach the mandated core curriculum.
I have been fortunate enough to share my passion of integration with educators throughout the state. Now, I want to be able to reach children and give them the same passion and love of science that I have. I want to affect the lives of children not only in my classroom, but also throughout the state. Opening The STEM Shoppe is just the beginning of the possibilities. I know our STEM Shoppe team will change the lives of every child that walks through our doors.
Delia Bayna, M.Ed. is an elementary educator and frequently provides professional development opportunities for K-6 teachers state-wide.