AstroSchool Cohort Winter 2019


HOW AWESOME!!! We’ll have to chat!!

Are you going to SEEC next month in Houston? I was chosen for SEEC CREW… I’m SOOOO EXCITED!!!


WAHOO!!! SPACE SISTER!! <3 Space Camp brought us together! Glad we’re reconnected here! :smiley:

You coming to SEEC next month?


No, I am not going to SEEC. We have our big annual gifted and talented conference the same month and I really enjoy it. I did not attend last year because it was in Northwest Arkansas. This year it is in Little Rock. It is the one time a year all gifted professionals across the state get together for an amazing professional development experience.


You know that feeling you have while dreaming that you are standing naked in the middle of a crowd of really smart people, wondering what the heck you are doing there, and wanting to run but you can’t… Well after reading all of your amazing bios I feel a bit like that! My heart is racing and I’m thinking…Uhhh what am I doing here…at least I’m not naked!!!
Hi my name is Loralie and I live in the mountains of Utah, and yes we are the weird family others warn you about. :wink:We live on a small family farm that, aside from Wifi and cell phones, is pretty much 99% off grid, we are 100% solar powered, raise the majority of our own food, and share our space with a bunch of wild animals - two of which I homeschool. Both are crazy for things that fly (just not the same ‘things’ or style of ‘flight’). My 17 year old is obsessed with birds of prey so naturally he’s a falconer, he is also in his second year of uni with Southern New Hampshire University. My 14 year old is a STEM junkie, obsessed with rockets, who is frustrated he can’t study on Mars - yet.
They’re cool - I’m boreing. I just pretend to be cool. I’ve taught theatre for grades K-12 for many years (I know now you’re all nervous because I obviously know way more science stuff than you, and I can shuffle off to buffalo while singing and wearing a get up that should probably be illeagal to wear :grin:). I am currently taking a break in order to help Major Tom (the 14 yr old) achieve his goal of going to Mars on a rocket he designed for SpaceX so both he and Elon can die there - just not on impact - in addition to cleaning up bird poop and sitting on my 17 year old (figuratively - It’s only physically sometimes) who would rather be flying birds than finishing his asscociates.
I am passionate about giving kids and adults the tools they need to learn and the freedom in which to use those tools without having to worry about fitting ‘inside the box’. If you want to learn something - do it - and do it how you learn best. I’m passionate about instilling a desire to learn, explore, and discover in EVERYONE - ANYWHERE!
I serve on our local library board where we are trying to offer more STEAM opportunities to those who want to learn coding, electronics, robotics, 3D printing, and many other technologies. Living in a small farming town (where the coolest robotics they’ve seen took place in the 1990’s with the introduction of the automated milking machine) makes it difficult for students to be exposed to all the amazing tech that is out there. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE the small town where we live but I strongly believe that you CAN have the best of both worlds. Small town environment without the ‘small town mentality’ in my opinion opens up an entire world of Big Ideas! Changing the mindset has had it’s challenges but we are making great strides! With the help of generous donors, grants, and amazing companies like Because Learning things are slowly changing! In 2018 we were able to offer, for the first time, 3D printing and lego robotics after school programs and will be offering coding starting in February of 2019. I am so excited to learn all the cool things we can do with the sensor kit from Because Learning and hopefully be able to implement this great program in 2019/2020. I can’t wait to learn from all of you and share what I learn with the amazing kids (and adults) who will finally get to engage in some fun technology - I can’t wait to see what we can all discover!!!


Love your sense of humor - glad you’re here!


Hail State, Stephanie! I got my undergrad there!


Good to meet you, Liz. :nerd_face:
We can learn alongside one another!


Hi Debbie,
Your picture is super cute!
I bet you’re a fun teacher!!!
I love the safety glasses!


Question for anyone . . .
How do I change my username from ArdusatExplorer-4772.
I tried, and it didn’t “take”.
Do I have to earn that right as we go along???
Just curious - nothing earty shattering:rofl:


I just adjusted a setting that had changing usersnames disabled after 3 days. I just bumped to 999 days… maybe this will allow you to save?

These user preferences are accessed from the round Icon upper right corner then the gear looking icon.

Interested if this works now?


Opportunity for me to update my profile pic also


Jill Weaver
Elementary Ed Degree 1-8
Middle School Science Teacher Ohio
I am passionate about STEM/PBL


Hi Mindy!
Glad to reconnect with you. I am so glad to see that you have a gifted program in your area. We don’t have that where I teach and I feel like the gifted kids tend to get the short end of the stick because the focus is always on the kids who are struggling. I think you went to SET SAIL last summer. Were you able to apply what you learned to your classes?


I just would like to say thank you so much for this opporurtunity! I am having so much fun! I’ve been having my son work on the projects with me and he loves it!!! Happy Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse Everyone!!!


nope. Thanks, though. It would let me change everything else, but not the name.


super cute Beaker gif! No - it won’t let me change the name.
Also, in the Because Learning platform, my user name is changed, but my profile pic will not save.
May just be an issue with my computer.


Oh my goodness!! I’m soooo doing this next year! <3


Welcome to AstroSchool Winter 2019! We are thrilled to have you as part of the cohort. Take a minute and introduce yourself:
1.What is your name where are you located?
Hello! My name is Erin and I am working through the cohort independently during summer of 2019. I am located in Great Falls, Montana.
2.What is your background?
I have Montana teaching endorsements in the following: elementary education, ESL, and special education.
3.What, where, and who do you teach?
I currently teach at the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind in the Visually Impaired Department. Each years provides me with new teaching experiences. I have taught every grade from K-12 in some capacity, whether it be art, science, health, ELA, math, social studies, etc.
4.What are you passionate about?
I am very passionate about STEM/STEAM education! I love watching students work together to solve a problem and explaining how the problem was solved.


Thanks for participating, Erin!


I cannot wait to share this with my students!