Gardner Pilot Academy teacher wins Ultimate Science Classroom
BOSTON - Dean Martin, a teacher from the Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston recently won an "Ultimate Science Classroom" at the 2008 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference on Science Education, held this year in Boston.
Valued at $43,141.65, the model elementary classroom kit contains educational tools and products from more than 30 vendors and includes multiple dissection kits (frog, perch, starfish, etc.), a crime scene kit, an electricity and magnetism kit, a butterfly habitat, a collection of fossils, a microscope, and much more. The elementary classroom was one of four raffled off at the close of the four-day conference, which brought together thousands of science teachers from around the country (middle school, high school and college classrooms were also awarded).
"Dean's passion for science and his ability to engage students in scientific inquiry are the perfect fit for these resources," said Gardner principal Erica Herman. "He is the 'ultimate science teacher', and I know he will find innovative ways to put the 'ultimate science classroom' materials to good use to support science learning for the students at the Gardner."
Mr. Martin, who gave a workshop on using the schoolyard as a "second" learning environment at the conference, is a 2007 recipient of the Secretary's Award for Excellence in Environmental Education from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) and has regularly presented nationally on his work in the classroom. He and Eric Meuse, the Gardner's other science teacher, were among 20 Boston Public Schools (BPS) teachers to present at this year's NSTA conference. Additionally, the Gardner Pilot Academy hosted groups of visitors from the conference to learn more about the school's outdoor classroom program.
"This is a tremendous asset for our students," said Mr. Martin. "It will provide so many opportunities for the children to connect what they're doing in the classroom to the outside world. And I hope that it will also excite the students and motivate them to go into the science fields."
To view a list of the contents of the "Ultimate Science Classroom", visit http://www.nsta.org/conferences/2008bos/usc-elementary.aspx.
A group of fourth grade students helps science teacher Dean Martin unpack the "Ultimate Science Classroom" at the Gardner Pilot Academy. Mr. Martin won the model classroom, which includes more $43,000 worth of science teaching materials, at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference on Science Education, held in Boston last month.