Dr. David Cochran has been an Executive Board member of the New Jersey Association for Educational Technology (NJAET) for 25 years. In honor of his retirement from the Board and for his years of service, we are granting one lucky recipient a $1,000 award. The recipient will use the award money to implement a science-based project. Dave has a varied background in Education, having served as a Director of Math, Science and Technology, an Assistant Professor, publisher and more!
Congratulations to Mrs. Joanne Arnold, a science teacher at Saint Dominic School in Brick, the winner of the David Cochran Award for Excellence.
Joanne has dedicated 33 years to teaching science to middle school students. She is the Chairperson of the Diocesan Curriculum Council, Chair of the Diocesan Science Committee, and was responsible for writing the Diocesan Science Curriculum. In addition, Joanne Arnold has been recognized in educational journals, won many awards of excellence, and led three (3) school teams to win first place state, regional, and national titles in the eCybermission competition - a STEM competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Joanne believes that STEM/Robotics helps teach real world lessons such as design and systems thinking, engineering, project based learning, problem solving, and collaboration. All of these skills are combined through the use of robotics. They help students engage in various learning opportunities while preparing them for future STEM careers.
Joanne initiated a STEM/Robotics program for Grades 4-8. With the funding from the David Cochran Award for Excellence, the STEM/Robotics program can begin to be integrated in Grades K-3. Two Cubelet Twenty Kits ($500/per set of 20 Cubelets) will be purchased for the young learners to experiment in creating remote-controlled constructions and interactive projects using sensors and action blocks. Furthermore, it will provide intuitions about the behavior of complex systems and teach basic concepts of robotics. The kindergarten through third grade students will certainly be inspired to become better thinkers for tomorrow's world.