CSTL 2010  

Bruce Bennett, Rosalie Eimers and Marian Houseman, teachers from the North Polk Community Schools in Alleman, Iowa share the 2010 Verona Computational Science Teacher Leader Award for their exemplary work over the past fifteen years in introducing computational science into their classroom teaching and providing opportunities for computational science training for other teachers in their district and state-wide. In the late 90's, this trio brought Adventures in Supercomputing to their students, coaching teams that won recognition at both state and national levels. Bennett, a computer science teacher, used his NCSI and SC training to develop an introductory course in computational science for his high school. Eimers integrates computational science tools, such as STELLA and AgentSheets, into her chemistry classes with the result that her students have demonstrated a better understanding of the concepts being taught. Houseman, who has served as both a gifted/talented specialist and as the curriculum director for the school system, has included computational science in her own teaching and has encouraged the integration of it throughout the school system. Thanks to their efforts and the excellent preparation received by their students, a number of North Polk graduates have gone on to college to pursue STEM careers. The award was presented at the SC10 Education Program in New Orleans on November 16, 2010.

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