|Professional Development News|
http://ncties.org/conference/recognitions/media/On March 4th in Raleigh North Carolina, Piedmont's own Lisa Newburger was awarded the 2016 NCTIES Media Specialist Technology Innovation Award.
Mrs. Newburger’s innovativeMakerSpace supports and enhances the 7th grade’s STEAM-based projects at Piedmont Middle School, including Ms. Gorman and Ms. Palgut's innovative “Scale Model Project” and “Design a Game Board” projects. For example, with the media center’s purchase of the MakerBot Replicator 2, Mrs. Gorman’s students were able to use Computer Assisted Design programs and 3D printing technology to create game pieces giving the projects a 21st century upgrade.
The student-created products are not only used within the 7th grade math curriculum they also provide inspiration for every Piedmont student to design and create something spectacular because they’re showcased year round in the media center. By regularly providing project workspace, jury and exhibition space, tech and craft materials and research support in her Media Center MakerSpace, Mrs. Newburger advances STEAM education schoolwide.
The award came with a $1,000 check for Piedmont's Media Center, but, of course we know that Mrs. Newburger, Gorman, Palgut and Peterson are all priceless to Piedmont. We appreciate their contributions to our student's learning everyday.
During her acceptance speech, Mrs Newburger received a standing ovation from her fellow media specialists for advocating for librarians tech leaders around the state. She will be innovating on a national stage next year as part of the Syracuse University Young innovators project mentoring group.
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