Idea Slam

March 7, 2018

The Knickerbocker, Grand Rapids


The 2017 Idea Slam on March 15, 2017 was a great success! All four pitches were outstanding and deserving. Our 2017 Idea Slam Winner was Samantha Niehaus, and her pitch was titled, "Building our own Maker Lab".

Check out Samantha's article on MLive documenting her Family Maker Night. A very successful endeavor - congratulations, Samantha!

Samantha Niehaus holding winner check

Congratulations to Samantha Niehaus,

our 2017 Idea Slam Winner!

Samantha's Bio:

I am a 4th-grade teacher at East Jackson Elementary. I am wrapping up my 4th year teaching at the elementary level. I also coach Girls on the Run, and this year, I have taken on the school Greenhouse! I am very close to my 7 younger siblings, enjoy watching sporting events, being outdoors, and having fun every day. I love to try new things, laugh out loud, and visit new cities. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Elementary Education and will return to EMU this fall to start my Master's program in Educational Technology. My favorite read aloud series in the classroom is the Olivia Brophie trilogy. I love teaching science, and writing, and hope that every day in my classroom is as fun and exciting as the last. I am excited to bring a maker lab to my students, and know that "making" will be the greatest adventure we get to journey through!

Follow Samantha on Twitter to learn more about her Maker Lab endeavors, and read up about her implementation in our monthly newsletters.