Michael Town
http://www.lwsd.org/school/stem/Pages/default.aspx
Science Teacher, Tesla STEM High School
Redmond, WA
Joined LinkEngineering on 10/09/2014
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Mr. Town is a teacher in Advanced Placement Environmental Science, and Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Design at TESLA STEM High School in Redmond, WA. In his 30 years of teaching, Mr. Town has taught Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy, Forest Ecology, Horticulture, and Algebra. For the past 15 years, he has taught Advanced Placement Environmental Science, and a recently developed course in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Design. Both of these courses are CTE (Career and Technical Education) certified. In 2010 – 2011, Mr. Town served as an Einstein Fellow, working as a STEM education policy analyst with the National Science Board through his placement at the National Science Foundation. In addition to other projects and activities, he researched and wrote white papers on STEM education policy issues. Mr. Town served as a steering committee member on the NRC workshop on Climate Change Education and on another steering committee on the joint NRC/NAE project, Toward Integrated STEM Education. Mr. Town is a member of the National Academies Teacher’s Advisory Council and has chaired convocations on STEM Learning is Everywhere and Professional Empowerment of STEM Teachers through Education Policy and Decision Making. Mr. Town has received numerous awards and recognitions. Among them are the National Education Association Green Prize, North American Association for Environmental Education Outstanding Educator Award, Siemens Award for outstanding AP STEM course in Washington State, and Amgen Science Teacher of the Year. Mr. Town received a B.S in Environmental Science from Huxley College, Western Washington University, and his M.Ed. in Science Education from the University of Washington

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  • Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM
    My personal inspiration came from realizing how many important problems engineering solves and will need to solve in the future, and we need kids to be engaged in that problem solving starting at a young age. The National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges for Engineering (www.engineeringchallenges.org), were a big motivation for our effort.
    My personal inspiration came from realizing how many important problems engineering solves and will need to solve in the future, and we need kids to be engaged in that problem solving starting at a young age. The National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges for Engineering (www.engineeringchallenges.org), were a big motivation for our effort.
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