A Successful Collaboration for Hosting an Elementary STEAM Day
Presenter: Donna Shaw & Molly Wavra
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Session Description: 
Learn more about how Xenia Community Schools' teachers in the elementary gifted department and the high school career & technology Biotechnology instructor collaborated to develop and implement a hands-on traveling S.T.E.A.M. program for elementary students. Hear how high school students serve as S.T.E.A.M. mentors for this day long event that inspires collaboration, problem solving, creative thinking, and communication while exploring potential career paths. Explore hands on activities such as making armpit cheese; extracting DNA from strawberries; and building a tower out of recycled materials that will support the weight of a baseball.
Presenter Bio:
Donna Shaw is a Gifted Intervention Specialist (grades 3-5) for Xenia Community Schools and serves as the district’s Gifted Coordinator for students K-12. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on Talent Development. Donna has been teaching gifted and talented students for 15 years after spending nearly five years fifth-grade science/health teacher. She was awarded a Financial Literacy Award from State of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel in 2015. She works each year to develop fourth-grade Young Entrepreneurs who sell goods they have manufactured in this self-sustaining program that raises money for charity and funds projects for future Young Entrepreneurs. She is a two time representative of the school district at the Ohio School Board Association’s Capital Conference Student Achievement Fair for Young Entrepreneurs (2015) and a district-wide acclaimed S.T.E.A.M. Day/Science Olympiad (2017). Donna’s love of teaching is evident as is her desire for challenging her students to become innovative, creative, critical thinkers equipped with 21st Century Skills that will help them become the problem solvers of tomorrow.