Rice, Wendy STEM Lab

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Wendy Kee Rice

I am a native of Asheville, North Carolina.  I grew up in the Erwin District of West Asheville and graduated from Erwin High School.  Since the Fall of 2000, I have been happily employed at Johnston Elementary.  This is my fourth year in the STEM Lab where I get to serve every student in our school.  

I am proud to be educating future Warriors. 

I currently reside in the Weaverville area with my husband and 2 children.   In my time away from work, I enjoy "chasing waterfalls" and sunsets in our local area and also spending time with my family. 

I am excited to work and grow with your child this year. 

If you'd like to explore some STEM ideas for home, please check out the "Useful Links" as well as my STEM @ Home page for some STEM-themed ideas. (Please note: you may need to plan ahead and collect materials over the course of a few weeks in order to do these.)  In class, we use recycled materials all the time.  At it's core, STEM is exciting and fun.  If time allows, I encourage you to work with your child on these challenges, but don't do it for them.  Their brain should be challenged.  The links I included have a picture with them.  You might not want to even show them the picture...see what their imagination can come up with!  The main idea is to keep students thinking and engaged.  Above all else, in STEM we are creative problem solvers.  There are often multiple ways to approach a challenge.  In STEM, we might get frustrated...that's natural.  Even so, we work through it and don't give up-even if we have to modify or adjust our plan.  Even when our task is complete, we can always think of ways to improve...consider the iPhone...what if it's engineers never improved that design?
I hope you and your child are able to take some time to explore the STEM way of thinking. 
The Engineering and Design Process (Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve) can aid us in approaching most any challenge that life gives us!  Let me know what you think. 

Please take photos and share them with me if you attempt these or any STEM challenges.  If you have any questions or want more information about how to further engage your child with STEM, please reach out.   
As always, feel free to contact me via e-mail: 
wendy.rice@bcsemail.org

University of North Carolina-Asheville, BS Sociology 1995