Dr Nilka Aviles, Ed.D.

Creating a STEM Focused School Part 3 – Podcast Episode 109 | Classnotes Podcast 109

Classnotes Podcast (June 15, 2012) It’s naturally hard for students to see themselves in STEM careers that they don’t know exist. And low-income and minority students, in particular, may worry that they don’t have the background knowledge and tools they would need to be successful in a STEM field. Carole Henry is a Pre-AP chemistry teacher and runs a chemistry club for students in a low-wealth high minority high school. She describes the kinds of activities her students are doing to explore their curiosity in chemistry and see new options for their future. Carole is interviewed by Nilka Avilés, Ed.D. 

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Show Notes

  • Carole explains the importance of building confidence in Hispanic students in STEM classes and inspiring them to pursue STEM careers.

  • Carole talks about helping both students and parents to overcome the misconception that low-income and minority students can’t be successful in STEM fields.

  • Carole shares examples of teachers and administrators supporting STEM initiatives at Southwest High School.

  • Carole discusses some of the partnerships that community organizations and local businesses have formed with the school around the STEM fields.

  • Carole talks about the ways that parents are supporting their children in activities in the Chemistry Society.