STEM Teacher of the Month excels in teaching engineering to fourth graders

Elizabeth Budd is a 2012 UNC-Wilmington graduate and is now in her third year as a teacher at Wallace elementary.

Her fourth grade students are learning about different kinds engineering and they’re using the Gulf oil spill to test methods of cleaning up oil spills.
They’re learning what engineers do by building their own booms.

Ms. Budd’s lessons and teaching style stretch far beyond her classroom.  One of her student’s is passing along what she’s learning to her 6 year old brother, who now wants to be an engineer. Bailey Gatton, a fourth grader in Ms. Budd’s class tells 9 On Your Side, “when I told him about this class he wanted to start being one and I helped him around the house with some projects.”

Ms. Budd tells us, “it’s nice to hear that they’re taking that passion for stem and applying it outside of school and then sharing it with others.”

Her classroom will soon start a lesson on package engineering; Ms. Budd says she’ll use her money from her STEM Teacher of the Month award to buy supplies for the class project.

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