Congratulations to Laker Middle School teacher Tyler Scharf and Laker Innovation Center Director Jeff Diebel! They’ve both been selected as STEM Stars by the Upper Thumb MiSTEM Network for the work they do to promote education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). They each receive a $250 grant to purchase STEM-related classroom supplies. Mr. Scharf and Mr. Diebel were nominated for this award.
Here is what the nomination stated for Mr. Scharf:
“Tyler is a PBL expert. He integrates multiple STEM concepts into his projects for both Science and Social studies. It doesn’t matter if he has cardboard and duct tape or a laser etcher & 3D printer, he empowers students to pursue their dreams in STEM.”
Here is what the nomination stated for Mr. Diebel:
“Several years ago, Mr. Diebel left the familiarity and security of a local machine shop that he and a partner had opened just a few years earlier. He did this to step out in faith and take the new position of STEM Director in our school district, one that would allow him to share his love for technology and entrepreneurship with young minds. He soon became CTE certified in Mechatronics, which became a favorite class for our MS and HS students. His knowledge and passion are contagious and he makes learning fun. Students are designing and creating unique projects like golf clubs, chess pieces, art, furniture, and more, and realizing that STEM can be useful as both a hobby and career.”
Hooray for Mr. Scharf and Mr. Diebel!