Since 2016, Chevron and the Fab Foundation have partnered to recognize educators that are creating STEM learning opportunities through digital fabrication. To date, we have awarded over $40,000 to formal and informal educators all around the world. This year is a particularly challenging time for educators and their students. Due to the pandemic, over 95% of school-age children are unable to learn in their classrooms with teachers. Instead, they are at home, learning through online virtual classrooms and mailed packets.
We believe that the best teachers are innovating and finding a way to get quality learning experiences to their students, and we wanted to acknowledge them with the Teacher Innovator Award. Each week during Teacher Appreciation Month (May), the Fab Foundation and our partners at Chevron awarded an innovative Teacher with $1,000 to continue their work during this pandemic. We hope that this can provide some support to the incredible work our teachers are doing.
A big congratulations to the 2020 Teacher Innovator Award Winners!
Miranda has made sure that her elementary school students stayed engaged during the time they have been at home by enlisting staff to submit videos inspired by the hit TV show, The Masked Singer. Students have been able to watch on Social Media. She has also incorporated students and staff singing to create a music video to share with her school and community, and continually checks in with her students with engaging activities.
Owen has collected donated computers and refurbished them for the purpose of distributing them to students in need of a working computer. He delivers the computers to the students' home. He has made partnerships with community organizations to get computers at minimum cost. Although his teaching position was not considered 'essential' he still found a way to make sure students were getting the resources needed to be successful during this challenging time.
Carlota has maintained an engaging curriculum for her third grade students by recording video lessons to show plant life cycle growth of her hydroponic Tower Garden at home. They have also been able to explore Science animal life cycles through 3D modeling and simulations during this time of remote learning. She has maximized the use of technology to keep her students active and challenged.
Arundhati has reached over 145 students with her creative style of teaching while bringing awareness to the COVID-19 pandemic. She has conducted student competitions, workshops to create toys using materials in the home and has also taught her students to make their own hand sanitizer.