Colin DeGroot

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This is an in-class project used as a practical assessment for a middle school chemistry unit. Students use their knowledge of atomic structure, bonding, energy and reactions to complete a rocket car using household materials. This is a highly
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Culminating project based lesson on a unit focused on motion and forces. This project uses simple household materials to turn a compressed air rocket project into an engaging school wide contest. The focus of this project is to review and
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This is a unique unit organizer that allows teachers to engage in great Project Based Lessons while adhering to required strategies and standards. Students in this unit begin at the lower levels of the pyramid and work their way through a series of
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This project focuses on Kinetic and Potential energy and the transformation between the two. It focuses on the these energy concepts as well as reinforcing the study of science and engineering. This is designed for an 8th grade science classroom,
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This project focuses on the science and debate behind climate change. Students are assigned roles and must research, present, debate and persuade their point. This is also a cross-curricular project with American History and the structure of
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Introductory unit for 8th grade physical science. Focus on engineering practices and technology development as a model for scientific inquiry. The final project is a Popsicle stick bridge project and can be found in many places online.
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This is a guide for how to develop your own exciting Pyramids of Knowledge. The Pyramid of Knowledge is a unit plan and organizer that incorporates many of the most predominate ideas in education today. This guide will walk science teachers through
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A unit plan for a middle school engineering project focused on energy and environmental design.
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This is a middle school science lesson investigating the properties of light and electromagnetic radiation. Students are given the task of surviving in the wilderness buy creating solar ovens using a limited number of items. This is a culminating
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for 8 years in very diverse settings from ELL to full inclusion Special Ed, have a Masters degree in Science Education, and hold the terminal Level 3 license for my state of New Mexico

MY TEACHING STYLE

My style is predominately Project based with an emphasis on hands-on inquiry style learning. My goal with every unit is to provide students the knowledge they need to make science fun.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Sandia National Labs Academy Creating Teacher Scientists Fellowship ING Grant Recipient

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S. in Secondary education from University of New Mexico M.S. in Science education from New Mexico Tech

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Director of inquiry workshops for area teachers to integrate inquiry in their classrooms focusing on energy and water resources called POWER and Energy on the Go.

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