First-Year Teacher Wins Money to Make STEM More Hands-On

When Erin Fitzgerald completed her student teaching in an inner-city fifth-grade classroom, she noticed a big opportunity that was being missed: hands-on learning of science, math, and technology.

A lack of supplies available was preventing teachers from getting students involved in the kinds of real-world, active projects that could “actually get the students thinking about what science, technology, engineering, and math is behind each experiment.”

As one of 10 grand-prize winners in the WGU Loves Teachers sweepstakes, Erin will receive a $300 gift card and a Scholastic classroom library that she hopes to invest in making those kinds of projects a reality in her own fifth-grade classroom as a first-year teacher starting this year.

“I then plan to use the rest of the money to buy various classroom supplies that some of my students are unable to afford,” she says.

Through the WGU Loves Teachers sweepstakes, WGU and Scholastic are awarding 10 $300 grand prizes and 100 $25 first prizes to thank teachers for their hard work and help them build up their classroom libraries and supplies.

Congratulations, Erin! Stay tuned to The Night Owl Blog for stories of more winners in the future.

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