123STEM an LLC

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I remember at the earliest age being interested in how things work and in science, especially space science.  All children are active learners, who will eagerly experiment and explore. However, this experimentation and exploration sometimes comes to an early end during middle school when the riggers of school take hold.  I believe that all children can and will maintain their active learning character with interesting problem-based curricula and teaching techniques which allow students the opportunity for experimentation and exploration. . 
I remember freshman year of high school taking biology and knowing that I wanted to major in science when I went to college. I received a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology from Bradley University, Peoria Illinois.  During college, I was lucky enough to participate in undergraduate research and I presented my research at a regional professional scientific conference. As a result of this, I co-authored my very first scientific publication. After college, I knew that I wanted to pursue an advanced degree and continue my exploration in science.  I received my Master of Science degree in biochemistry from Roosevelt University, Chicago Illinois in 1980. While obtaining my Master of Science degree, I remember thinking about becoming a teacher but the commitment to several more years of Education classes did not make sense to me at the time.  So, shortly after graduated, I began work at Northwestern University’s McGall Medical Center in the Infectious Diseases laboratory as a clinical researcher where I worked for seven years. I would later work in the Pathobiology Department at Northwestern University’s Medical School as an electron microscopist researcher for another seven plus years.   While at Northwestern University, my career was exciting and rewarding, and I learned firsthand about the nature of scientific investigation.  It was at this time that I began to think again about a career in teaching. I enrolled in Loyola University’s Department of Education program and received my Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction in 1994.  I quickly was employed as a secondary high school science teacher, and I quickly experienced students who had lost their enthusiasm for science and inquiry.  I developed a non-traditional approach to teaching science in order to rekindle student enthusiasm and interest in science and it was during my fourth year of teaching when I heard about the National Board Certification Program for Young Adolescent Science.  Everything that I read and heard about the National Board Certification Program resonated with me as a way to certify that my non-traditional instructional philosophy for science education was appropriate. I received my National Board Certification in the year 2000, and I have continued to develop engaging inquiry for my students .
When the Next-Generation Science Standards were announced and I had the opportunity to read through them, I knew that this was the long awaited vehicle that would bring STEM education into the classroom.  The last few years of my teaching career before my retirement, I worked with my science department to develop and change our curriculum to meet the standards set in NGSS.    After I retired, I knew that I would want to use my enthusiasm and talents to bring STEM education into the middle school classroom.  I believe that STEM education in the middle school and junior high classrooms is vital to setting the stage for students pursuing a STEM-related field later in life.  123 STEM was launched to help bring STEM education “As Easy as 1, 2, 3,” into the middle school classroom.  It was also launched to offer consulting services to schools and school districts who want to navigate the issues surrounding implementing STEM programs within their classrooms. 

123 STEM enables teachers and administrators to easily bring the Next Generation Science Standards and the excitement of experimentation and exploration into the classroom. 123 STEM curricula kits eliminate the need for long and cumbersome curricular development, alignment to standards, and purchasing supplies.
123 STEM offers a variety of workshops on the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Standards, and best brain-based learning practices.  All the workshop topics are subjects which I have a deep understanding about and have personally worked with. I am an accomplished presenter and I have presented at the NSTA and many regional science conventions.  My workshops are engaging and provide hands-on opportunities for your faculty to deepen their knowledge about NGSS and the Common Core and enable them to take their teaching practices to the next level!  Please use the contact form if you are interested in discussing and scheduling a full day, half-day, or after school workshop at your school. 

Here are just a few of the comments that my workshops have received:

​Walter’s presentation gave me a new way to approach many of the activities in my classroom.

Walter clarified the ideas that I had about what STEM entails.

Walter cleared up misconceptions that I had about STEM.

Walter’s presentation was clear and exciting...I can hardly wait to try some of the techniques he demonstrated. 

International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) March 2-4 Washington DC


National Conference in Nashville: March 31–April 3, 2016
Science: Empowering Performance


STEMCON Cleveland April 8, 2016

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