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InstaSTEM is for students in grades 4 -12 !

InstaSTEM combines photography and nonfiction literature in a unique interactive videoconferencing program to inspire students to learn, read, and write about science.

Here's how an instaSTEM program works:

1. Students meet  me in my FIELD TRIP ZOOM classroom for an interactive videoconference (IVC). We look at exciting primary source images and discuss scale, content, composition, and captions.

2. The students discuss science themes, such as botany, zoology, entomology, meteorology, geology, hydrology, mechanics, engineering design, or any topic that can be photographed. They decide the focus of their project and read nonfiction for background information.

3. During our second IVC we discuss photographic techniques used for creating artistic images such as light, composition, scale, location, and editing. Students have at least a week to take photos during class or as a homework assignment.

4. During our third IVC we analyze the images and choose pictures that are both artistic and scientifically interesting. Students learn how to write an information rich caption. Then, each student chooses one photo to research in depth.

5. During our final IVC we view the images and discuss the captions . The students can use their images and captions to create an art show, a book, or as inspiration for a longer research and writing project.

EXPERIENCE AND VISION

In addition to writing for children, Alexandra has been an educator in a wide range of settings, serving children from diverse backgrounds, and of all ages. She believes that when science is art it is accessible and can inspire the wonder and curiosity that children naturally possess. Reading provides insight into how scientists think. Imagery provides the raw material--literally the data, that scientists interpret. If children can learn to think and see like scientists, then they can become scientists.