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Wando High School educator brings the real world into STEM education

November STEM educator of the month

Wando High School engineering teacher Kathryn Johnston gets students excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers by bringing the careers into the classroom.

"I noticed that math, science and engineering had the lowest completion of a major with the fewest number of students doing that," Johnston said. "That’s one of the largest-growing facets of this region—jobs in STEM."

Students get real-world experience, including designing and surveying their own "tiny houses" with the chance to win a $6,000 scholarship for the best design from the Charleston Home Builder's Association.

"Anything you can do to make education more 'real,' you will have a lasting impact," she said.

See more about Johnston's class in the video above.

Johnston is the November STEM educator of the month.


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