Opportunity Unlocked

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Leveraging Curiosity to Unlock Opportunity
 
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Have you ever wondered about why we use gold to make awards? This issue of Everyday Curiosity investigates history and science of gold. It includes a brief discussion of gold's chemistry and provides open-ended challenges related to gold. This
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Have you ever wondered about how our ears and sound work? This issue of Everyday Curiosity investigates science and engineering of sound. It includes a brief discussion of our ear anatomy and gives prompts for three diverse projects related to sound
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Have you ever wondered who invented playgrounds? This issue of Everyday Curiosity investigates history and engineering of playgrounds. It includes a brief discussion of playground history and uses different brainstorming exercises to support
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Have you ever wondered why people use so much air conditioning? This issue of Everyday Curiosity investigates science and engineering related to keeping cool. It includes a brief discussion about the challenges of designing air conditioners and
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Have you ever wondered about all of those ingredients in toothpaste? This issue of Everyday Curiosity digs deep into the chemistry of cleaning. It includes a brief discussion of what is in toothpaste and three design challenges that give kids
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Have you ever wondered how an oscillating fan moves back and forth? This issue of Everyday Curiosity investigates the science and engineering behind an oscillating fan. It includes a brief discussion about the mechanisms that cause the fan to move
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Have you ever wondered how hairstylists keep their scissors so sharp? This issue of Everyday Curiosity investigates the science and engineering behind getting a haircut. It includes a brief discussion about scissors and three hands-on activities
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Have you ever wondered how people protect their ideas when they invent something like a board game? This issue of Everyday Curiosity investigates the engineering and math behind creating great games and puzzles. It includes a brief discussion about
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Supporting kids as they take on big creative products can be difficult. This guide breaks down how to help kids select projects that work with their strengths and their interests. It also has a list of must-have materials for home makerspaces. A
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Have you ever wondered why certain kinds of swimsuits are banned from competition? This issue of Everyday Curiosity investigates the science and engineering related to swimming. It includes a brief discussion about how swimsuit companies try to help
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I’m Lindsey, and I have been encouraging creative kids to explore science and engineering and helping them conquer their difficult math, science, and engineering classes for 15 years. I love helping students invent something awesome, figure out how to complete the square, draw good diagrams that are actually helpful when solving physics problems, take on independent research projects, reverse engineer solutions in difficult engineering and science problem sets, and master balancing chemical equations. I work with my students to help them move from crisis to confidence while safeguarding their innate curiosity about how the world works. I have worked with diverse students including, but not limited to, middle school students, high school students, college students, students with learning differences, gifted students, twice-exceptional students, and adult students. After I graduated from university, I earned a MS in Engineering Education from Purdue University and have worked in classrooms, after school programs, and summer camps.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I like to mix teaching and mentoring. I strive to expose students to new ways of looking at the world by asking big questions, telling engaging stories, and identifying how students can use their innate curiosity about how things work to experience more academic success. I constantly look for how math, science, and engineering intersect with the real world; I believe we learn best when we can roll up our sleeves to have fun with hands-on projects. I am happy to work with students who feel in over their head and students craving additional challenges.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I keep a lot of experiences in my "shining teaching moment" files. The ones that stick out to me most are receiving thank you cards from students where I've helped them understand that they are okay despite being different from their peers.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I attended public schools in Cloquet, MN before attending Boston University. I studied mechanical engineering before completing an MA in Poverty and Development from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and an MS in Engineering Education from Purdue University.

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You can read more about me at www.opportunityunlocked.com/about-me

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