STEM Embraces All The Colors of the Rainbow

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STEM Embraces All The Colors of the Rainbow
William Jackson, M.Ed.
STREAM Educator and WordPress Content Developer

Science Technology Engineering Math – STEM
Science Technology Engineering Arts Math –  STEAM
Science Technology Reading Engineering Arts Math – STREAM

Just as the very words are dripping with diversity in the
learning process along with innovative thinking, creativity and
bonding the learning process with hands-on learning through
project based application and instruction that embraces the
intellectual and innovative thinking of students in Duval County
Public Schools.

I’m proud to say that in my classrooms, there is a representation
of over 30 global countries.  Using the alphabet some countries
that are represented Albania, Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic,
Ghana, Haiti, Portugal, Syria, Uruguay, Venezuela, and others.

I’m humbled and determined to prepare youth, teens and young
adults for future careers that are being birthed by industry,
commerce, global collaborations and the formation of partnerships
that build global organizations and foundations to further study
the world that we live on and how we will one day sail
through the stars as it is depicted in Star Trek, Star Wars, Star Gate,
Space 1999 and other shows. Even though these television and
movies showed worlds where Artificial technologies, Voice tech,
Nano technologies, Virtual Realties coexist and allow man to move
forward in his evolutionary journeys away from the planet Earth.
There are still many challenges here on earth that must be faced
that our children will have to deal with and be prepared with solid
foundational learning.

STEM and other formats are being used in classrooms across the
nation and around the world. Where students are being taught to
be engineers, where students are being encouraged to think like
Artists, where the Arts are brought into the learning of students.
There are endless possibilities of the need to explore and that it
is ok to be a Blerd, Geek, Nerd and thinking outside of the box is
expected and celebrated.

William Jackson, M.Ed.
William Jackson, M.Ed.

Being a STEM / STEAM  teacher in Duval County Public Schools
is not just throw students on the computer it is a strategic, planned
and coordinated educational process that builds students to learn
new ways to think, rationalize, understand, process information,
collaborate and branding of knowledge. STEM / STEAM / STREAM
educators are facilitators of learning, we are not lecturers, we are
not play education implementers and we are not gaming avenues
of mindless gaming experiences.

Since the beginning of the school year student learning is guided
by allowing the students to have creative thought in how to complete
projects. They are given the problem, provided the parameters of the
projects and then the teacher is the facilitator of learning by guiding
through the design process on paper, applying a one dimensional
process into a digital arena that is solved in a process of
multi-dimensional engagement and finally building the project to
complete the tasks necessary.

Allowing students with different learning modalities to use their best
tools to make something awesomely wonderful and expand their
knowledge and skills to be future problem solvers. This process
prepares students for the potential of future careers in STEM
and STEAM. To tailor learning for the individual
student in an environment of learning diversity and innovation.

Student that can learn visually have that, students that learn
auditorally have that, students that learn with more than one
sense have that also. It is built into the fabric of creativity and
innovation. 80% of future careers will demand some level of
technology abilities, vision, implementation, creativity and
innovation.

To prepare students to be future thought leaders schools,
even during a global pandemic must prepare their students to
be the problem solvers, the creatives, the innovators to not
just think out of the box, but not to be constrained by a
box at all. Students must be given free reign sometimes
to explore, build, make, tear down, collaborate, cooperate,
argue, fuss and rebuild.

The future is not perfect, it is not defined in a box of
instructions, the future is unpredictable and un-scalable
to a point. No one saw the pandemic coming, not warning,
no visions, no evidence, but it is here and now. How are youth,
teens and young adults in schools being prepared for
future events?

Learning in my classroom requires students to think, create,
focus, build, draw, plan, execute, talk, struggle, learn,
challenge their minds, make things hard sometimes and
build collaborations. I and other educators during the
past several years are building the thought leaders this
nation and the world will need to face the future either in
space, in oceans, in the atmosphere, inside the human
body and ecologically.

Parents, schools, businesses and organization must provide
learning chances that are supportive and empowering
now before the future sets the bars so high that not only
will thousands die, but millions will potentially perish
because we as a human race are not ready to work
together, collaborate together, grow together and
prepare together.

Please watch the videos to see how the blending of learning
elements that helps students from all walks of life prepare
for the coming evolution and revolution of digital skills,
styles and actions. This is just a small piece of the learning
that is ongoing in Duval County Public Schools in the
STEM, STEAM and STREAM classes of elementary, middle
and high schools.

William Jackson, M.Ed.
William Jackson, M.Ed.

Twin Lakes Academy Middle School
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Twitter:
https://twitter.com/tlamwolves
Instagram:
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TLAMNPC – Twin Lakes Academy Middle School – Newspaper Club

TEAL NATION
Twin Lakes Academy Middle
Twin Lakes Academy Middle

 

TLAMNPC – Twin Lakes Academy Middle School – Newspaper Club
Pamela K. Canepa, Language Arts and William D. Jackson, STEAM

Mrs. Canepa and Mr. Jackson teachers at TLAM are sharing their
experiences as published authors, seasoned educators and veteran
WordPress content creators helping students to manage the first
newspaper at TLAM.

Students will be writing about activities going on at the school each
week and posting on their developing website on WordPress. These
are exciting times for the students, they get to share their views of
the world on subjects they enjoy and events happening at school
weekly.  The address for the newspaper is
https://tlamnpc.wordpress.com/

Students will be learning new skills in web development, journalism,
graphic design, animation, interviewing and reporting of news stories.
These opportunties help prepare them for careers in digital content
creation that are changing rapidly with new
publishing technologies.

Students are thrilled about their opportunities to create content to
post online for students, faculty and staff to read, and for parents
and the community to be involved with. The students making up
the newspaper team are Mildred (8th), Arellys (6th), Charlie (6th),
Hannah (6th), Natalie (6th), Laevan (6th), Angelina (6th) and
Matthew (7th). They represent the diverse student body of
TLAM – Twin Lakes Academy Middle in the Duval County Public
School System.

The platform being used is WordPress (WP) platform that manages
45% of all web sites on the Internet through it’s open-source
development. Mrs. Canepa and Mr. Jackson are published bloggers
and content creators on the WP platform and blog on their individual
sites as well. Both have been writing for several years and have
developed publishing skills they are gladly sharing with the students
in the newspaper club.

The community is invited to read what students are writing and
contributing as their skills grow in writing and publishing.

The site of TLAMNPC is:
https://tlamnpc.wordpress.com/

TLAMNPC
TLAMNPC

Black History Program with Professors William and Aida Jackson

Ford Bloggers William and Aida

Black History Program with Professors William and Aida Jackson
Tuesday, February 23rd 2021
The link to our presentation is here:
https://youtu.be/eBuMG-FFTLo

Black History Program

Black History ProgramJoe Slezak, Solar System Ambassador with NASA
at Appleton Public Library invites  Aida and William
Jackson to speak at the  Black History Month
presentation at Appleton Public Library in
Appleton, Wisconsin https://apl.org/

Organized by library directors Emily Villanueva and
Katherine Hanle the program was to show the gains,
accomplishments and challenges of African Americans
in STEM, STEAM and STREAM. The Black History
Month program was to motivate students of color
and culture in the local school district to
become interested in STEM, STEAM and STREAM
education. How there is a difference between
each and how it influences learning.
Seasoned educators, William and Aida provided
information specifically to Black, Brown and students
of color for students in the Appleton Area School District
http://aasd.k12.wi.us/

Many times Black and Brown parents do not
understand what STEM, STEAM and STREAM
are so they do not know to guide their children
in careers outside of sports and engineering.
Mr. Slezak guided the discussion by asking key
questions and sharing statistics that William and
Aida examined and how data and statistics affect
Black and Brown youth in their decisions to enter
into future careers.

STEM is not about making a youth into a geek
or nerd, there is something for everyone. The
career options are more than the options for
sports and entertainment. It was shared that
geeks, nerds and blerds (Black Nerds) rule the
world and a growing number of girls and women
are taking the lead.

Aida (Afro-Latina), artist and published author clarified
the potential of STEM, STEAM and STREAM to the
audience and addressed the opportunties for Latinx,
Latino and Hispanic youth, teens and young adults.
The diversity of Appleton, Missouri in its Hispanic community
can build future scientists, engineers, computer programmers
with mentors, educators and professionals that can lead and
guide kids in schools.

The virtual discussion shared the influence of career
choices and opportunties to help youth, teens and
young adults grow in new directions for careers in
STEM, STEAM and STREAM. Black, Brown and Indigenous
youth need to understand that there are opportunties
outside of sports, games and entertainment waiting
for them. There are scholarships that allow them to
attend college, vocational and industrial education
schools so they can learn necessary skills for careers.

The brain is the key to success, sports and entertainment
can be a conduit of connected potential in great careers,
educational success, digital skill development and
continued growth are what will propel youth of color
and culture to grow beyond where they are. Youth must
realize that sports only last so long, the human body can
only take so much punishment.  Mental and thought
growth are important to build thought leadership skills
to earn high paying jobs that require 21st century technology
skills.

Black history is more than sports and entertainment there
are many thought leaders, innovators, creatives and
influencers that are in STEM, STEAM and STREAM industries.
Looking at current NASA STEM, STEAM and STREAM careers
there is room for future Black, Brown and Indigenous youth.

The link to the presentation:
https://youtu.be/eBuMG-FFTLo
Outagamie Waupaca Library System
http://owlsweb.org/
For more information email:
teen@apl.org

Who We Are:

William Jackson – https://myquesttoteach.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wmjackson
Aida Correa-Jackson – https://lovebuiltlife.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lovebuiltlife

Black History Program 2
Black History Program 2

Black History Program with Professors William and Aida Jackson

Aida and William

Black History Program with Professors William and Aida Jackson
Tuesday, February 23rd 2021
The link to our presentation is here:
https://youtu.be/eBuMG-FFTLo

Black History Month Program
Black History Month Program

Joe Slezak, Solar System Ambassador with NASA
at Appleton Public Library invites  William and
Aida Jackson to speak at the  Black History Month
program at Appleton Public Library in  Appleton,
Wisconsin https://apl.org/

Organized by library directors Emily Villanueva and
Katherine Hanle the program was to show the gains,
accomplishments and challenges of African Americans
in STEM, STEAM and STREAM. The Black History Month
program organized to educate and motivate students
of color and culture in the local school district to
become interested in STEM, STEAM and STREAM
education and share resources with teachers.
How there is a difference between each and how it
influences the diversity of student learning.

Seasoned educators, Joe, William and Aida provided
information specifically to Black, Brown and students
of color for students in the Appleton Area School District
http://aasd.k12.wi.us/

Many times Black and Brown parents do not
understand what STEM, STEAM and STREAM
are so they do not know how to guide their children
in careers outside of sports and engineering.
Mr. Slezak guided the discussion by asking key
questions and sharing statistics that William and
Aida examined and how data and statistics affect
Black and Brown youth in their decisions to enter
into future careers.

STEM is not about making a youth into a geek,
nerd or Blerd (Black Nerd) there is something
for everyone. The career options are more than
the options for sports and entertainment. The career
success rate is even higher for long term employment.
It was shared that geeks, nerds and Blerds (Black Nerds)
rule the world and a growing number of girls and women
are taking the lead.

Aida (Afro-Latina), artist and published author clarified
the potential of STEM, STEAM and STREAM to the
audience and addressed the opportunties for Latinx,
Latino, Latina and Hispanic youth, teens and young adults.
NASA has a growing number of astronauts of Hispanic
culture. The diversity of Appleton, Missouri in its Hispanic
community can build more future scientists, engineers,
computer programmers with mentors, educators and
professionals that can lead and guide kids in schools.

Virtual Presenters

Virtual PresentersThe virtual discussion shared the influence of career
choices and opportunties to help youth, teens and
young adults grow in new directions for careers in
STEM, STEAM and STREAM. Black, Brown and Indigenous
youth need to understand that there are opportunties
outside of sports, games and entertainment waiting
for them. There are scholarships that allow them to
attend college, vocational and industrial education
schools so they can learn necessary skills for careers.
Professor Aida Jackson pointed out that in 10 to 15 years
the careers that are manual labor jobs will not be
available because of the advances of technology.

The brain is the key to success, sports and entertainment
can be a conduit of connected potential in great careers,
educational success, digital skill development and
continued growth will propel youth of color and culture
to grow beyond where they are. Youth must realize that
sports only last so long as the human body can take
the punishment.  Mental and thought growth are important
to build thought leadership skills to earn high paying jobs
that require 21st century technology skills.

Black history is more than sports and entertainment there
are many thought leaders, innovators, creatives and
influencers that are in STEM, STEAM and STREAM industries.
Looking at current NASA STEM, STEAM and STREAM careers
there is room for future Black, Brown and Indigenous youth.
More virtual workshops will be made available in the future
with projects that are online with the Appleton Library System.

Link to the presentation:
https://youtu.be/eBuMG-FFTLo

Outagamie Waupaca Library System

http://owlsweb.org/
For more information email:
teen@apl.org

Who We Are:

William Jackson – https://myquesttoteach.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wmjackson
Aida Correa-Jackson – https://lovebuiltlife.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lovebuiltlife

William Jackson and Aida Correa
Professors William and Aida Correa – Jackson