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LAMP Goes Statewide!

Rebecca Upjohn presenting her project to LAMP fellowscrowd at tables in gymnasiumMichelle Larson and Rachel in front of a UW Science Initiative tableclothstate educator Elisa Danielsgrazing bison

August 2nd, 2018 – A group of educators from the University of Wyoming traveled this week to the 2018 Roadmap to STEAM conference in Gillette, WY. The theme of this year’s conference was Exploring Makerspaces. All sessions entailed hands-on, minds-on learning.

"Amongst hundreds of educators at this year’s Roadmap to STEAM conference, the LAMP-funded educators stood out! They seamlessly integrated science into hands-on, minds-on projects that inspire students to truly transformative, creative endeavors. We thank the Wyoming Department of Education for the ongoing partnership and opportunity to be a part of the Roadmap to STEAM Conference. We are so excited to continue our travels across the state of Wyoming where both the students and educators inspire us!” ~Rachel Watson, LAMP Director

The University of Wyoming’s Learning Actively Mentoring Program (LAMP) awarded 8 scholarships to K-12 educators from Wyoming schools:

Rock Springs High School (Sweetwater School District) – Larissa Apel

Rock Springs High School (Sweetwater School District) – Deborah Jensen

Wyoming Indian School (Freemont County School District) – Keith Bauder

Moorcroft Elementary (Crook County School District) – Jenna Thomas

Laramie High School (Albany County School District) – Rebecca Watson

Campbell County School District – Julie Rankin

Campbell County School District – Lisa Geer

Jeanie Cooper of St. Stephens School in Riverton was also funded but was unable to attend due to a family death.

These scholarship winners had the opportunity to establish connections with University of Wyoming and Community College representatives of LAMP. Fifth year Graduate student in the Program in Ecology (PiE), Rebecca Upjohn (pictured provided) was a 2017-2018 LAMP fellow. Upjohn presented on the yearlong instructional project that she designed and piloted in the Poisonous Plants (REWM 4000) course for which she was the lead instructor.

Undergraduate student Olivia Croft, a Sophomore from Sundance, in the Wyoming Research Scholars Program (WRSP) also attended the conference as a spokesperson for the WRSP/LAMP Roadshow. Throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, The Roadshow will take WRSP students to the classrooms of the LAMP Scholarship winning teachers to engage their K-12 students in active learning. Rebecca Upjohn (along with LAMP Director Rachel Watson) will accompany WRSP students to Wyoming schools.

Other LAMP fellows attending the conference included Rosemary McBride of Laramie County Community College’s agroecology/natural resource economics program & Sridhar Budhi (Chemistry) and Dinesh Kasti (Mathematics) of Eastern Wyoming College. Dr. Budhi presented an interactive session called “Engaging Students Beyond Lecture”.

K-12 educators who won the LAMP Scholarship to Roadmap to STEAM in 2017 presented on their active learning projects as well. Dr. Michelle Aldrich spoke about her integration of STEM into Family and Consumer Sciences courses. She taught Cheyenne High School students animal husbandry and food production through the creation of a bee aviary. Iva Moss-Redman presented on an integrated project in which Freemont County students applied their math skills to engineer and build a teepee.

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