By Jill Fox
Instead of watching their STEM teacher on their computer screens, students at Park Trails Elementary School can see her on national television.
From the classroom to the living room, Park Trails teacher Kristin Meis is being featured on Good Morning America on Thursday, February 11.
“I really couldn’t believe it,” said Meis, who was one of 275 national winners of the Olay’s Face the STEM Gap Sweepstakes celebrating women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
Inspiring the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians, Olay committed $1 million to support women in STEM.
Although Meis has been teaching at Park Trails Elementary for eight years, this is only her second year teaching STEM, and Principal Arlene Manville is happy to support what Meis is doing in the lab.
“When you combine a passion for teaching, a love of science, and add in really cool robots, you’re bound to end up with an amazing program,” said Principal Manville, who nominated Meis.
Meis was personally chosen for a Good Morning America segment airing February 11, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
She said the show producers covered everything from how she runs her classes to the obstacles created by Covid.
“It’s been a unique challenge with the pandemic, and we’ve really had to think outside the box as far as design and STEM demonstrations that we do,” said Meis, who tries to think about what items students could have at home to work with.
“I really want them to have that hands-on building,” she said.
Manville explained that not knowing something in Ms. Meis’ class is an exciting beginning, which will help the children learn to persevere through challenges.
“It’s a life lesson that begins in the STEM lab but will help our students thrive well into the future,” she said.
Meis also received a science stem kit valued at $200 for her classroom and was told it would likely be delivered by drone – a subject that she is excited to share with her students.
“I’m so proud to put Parkland on the map in such a positive light to showcase the students and all the wonderful things we’re doing here,” she said.
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