About Us:

Who are we? Why are we here?
WELCOME,

We are happy that you are here! This website is a small collection of science-based, interdisciplinary-intended lessons created by teachers, for teachers, in the K-12 classroom setting. In a partnership with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, NRAO and the African-American Teaching Fellows Program, AATF, both based in Charlottesville, Virginia, a group of local Black educators have designed lessons that work to educate students about Radio Astronomy. This team was designed by the STEAM Education Program Development Officer at the NRAO. The cohort was comprised of teachers and educators from a variety of disciplines and grade levels, representing the following areas of Virginia: Charlottesville City; Albemarle County; and Hampton City.

Over the course of two years, this group of Black educators  developed a set of lesson plans that implement a culturally-responsive approach to deliver specific instruction that exposes our diverse students populations to the world of STEAM. This project grew from a goal to have more students of color and diverse backgrounds interested, involved, and working in the field of STEM. Therefore, this group used the first year to create a foundation of lessons that are ready-to-use, openly accessible, and standard-based. Further, during the second year, a smaller group of five educators continued the work to push the engagement in the lessons by including research-based strategies, culturally-responsive content, and ready-to-use materials.

As you explore the lesson plan tab on this website, please note that the lessons can be done individually or sequentially. Additionally, each lesson has a scaffold for the appropriate age-range. We highly encourage and recommend that you submit feedback! Please do submit any comments, questions, or lesson adjustments that you made to help us make each lesson better for you! Additionally, if you have any ideas of lessons that can be added, please do not hesitate to contact us using the link below.

STEAM Ed. Think Tank, 2018-2020
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Meet The Team

Jessica Harris

STEAM Ed. Think Tank: Partnership Coordinator, 2018-2020

STEAM Education Program Development Officer

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Jaime S. Hawkins

STEAM Ed. Think Tank: Partnership Coordinator, 2018-2020

Program Director

African American Teaching Fellows Program

Kailyn Gilliam

STEAM Ed. Think Tank: Team Lead, 2018-2020

7th Grade Language Arts Teacher

Diversity Resource Teacher

Charlottesville, VA

African American Teaching Fellow

Marian McCullough

STEAM Ed. Think Tank: Team Member, 2018-2019

2nd & 3rd Grade Biology Teacher

Diversity Resource Teacher

Woodbrook Elementary School

Charlottesville, VA

Chandra Oaks-Garcia

STEAM Ed. Think Tank: Team Member, 2018-2019

STEM & Technology Instructor, Grades 6-8

Hampton, VA

LaNika Barnes

STEAM Ed. Think Tank: Team Member, 2018-2020

9th-12th Grade Biology Teacher

Diversity Resource Teacher

Albemarle High School

Charlottesville, VA

Chase Rohan

STEAM Ed. Think Tank: Team Member, 2018-2020

STEM Specialist

Boys & Girls Club of Central VA, Charlottesville, VA

Brandon Readus

STEAM Ed. Think Tank: Team Member, 2018-2019

Gifted Education Specialist, K-5

Diversity Resource Teacher

Woodbrook Elementary School

Charlottesville, VA

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