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Ice Cubes and a Light Bulb
What do you get when you combine colored ice cubes and a passion for science? You get Kristen Poindexter — an award-winning teacher who works with the Purdue Science K-12 Outreach.
Poindexter, a kindergarten teacher in Indianapolis, helps coordinate the professional development training Purdue hosts at her school. Through the Science Outreach, Purdue coordinators partner with Indiana schools to support teachers and inspire students with science and math education.
“I think it is super exciting that Purdue partners with our schools,” Poindexter says. “I would not be where I am without the knowledge they have given me. It was like a light bulb went off and I knew this was how I was meant to be teaching.”
Poindexter says the greatest thing she learned through the Outreach is inquiry-based teaching — where teachers share a lesson with students and then allow those students to explore the subject on their own. Everyone then comes back together to discuss what they have learned.
“I become a facilitator, rather than a teller,” Poindexter says. “I am living proof that kindergarten is not too early of a time to teach science.”