Rice, Wendy STEM Lab

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Wendy Kee Rice

I am a native of Asheville, North Carolina.  I am an Erwin High School alumni. Since the Fall of 2000, I have been employed at Johnston Elementary.  This is my third 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. 

I hope that you and your family are staying healthy and engaged during this unprecedented time of quarantine. 

I have added a few STEM-themed ideas to my "Useful Links" as well as my STEM @ Home page. (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 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 enjoy this 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 at home, 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