Degrees and Certifications:
Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching 2016 Idaho Standard Elementary All Subjects K/8 Credential; Endorsement in Natural Science; Clear Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate;Bachelor of Science 5/93 CSULB
Welcome to STEM class at BMSA. My name is Lynnea Shafter and I'm the K-5 STEM Specialist. I grew up in Huntington Beach, CA and received my degree from CSULB. I taught for ten years at the juvenile hall in Orange County before moving to Idaho with my husband Jerry and daughter Allison in 2005. I was at Sawtooth Middle School for two years and Heritage Middle School for six years where I taught both 8th grade physical science and astronomy. It has truly been a privilege to move over to BMSA when we opened in 2013 as the STEM Specialist.
STEM education has been my passion ever since I attended Space Camp for teachers during 1999 in Huntsville, AL. Having been born the year we first walked on the moon and having a father who worked in the aerospace industry I guess it's really been my passion since birth.
I was thrilled to be offered the chance to be the BMSA STEM Specialst and have really enjoyed getting to know all of the students and the elementary atmosphere. We've had a great six years and I'm looking forward to each day of the ones to come.Thanks so much for the opportunity to work with your student(s) and family this year.
STEM class will offer the students the opportunity to work on the following Idaho Science, Engineering and Technology Standards in a hands-on exploration special:
Kindergarten-ETS1.A: Defining Engineering Problems • A situation that people want to change or create can be approached as a problem to be solved through engineering. Such problems may have many acceptable solutions. (PS1-K-2)
1st Grade-ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions • Designs can be conveyed through sketches, drawings, or physical models. These representations are useful in communicating ideas for a problem’s solutions to other people. (ESS2-K-3)
2nd Grade-ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution • Because there is always more than one possible solution to a problem, it is useful to compare and test designs. (ESS2-2-1)
3rd Grade-ETS1.A: Defining Engineering Problems • Possible solutions to a problem are limited by available materials and resources (constraints). The success of a designed solution is determined by considering the desired features of a solution (criteria). Different proposals for solutions can be compared on the basis of how well each one meets the specified criteria for success or how well each takes the constraints into account.(PS1-4-4)
4th Grade-ETS1.B: Designing Solutions to Engineering Problems • Testing a solution involves investigating how well it performs under a range of likely conditions. (ESS3-4-2)
5th Grade-ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution • Different solutions need to be tested in order to determine which of them best solves the problem, given the criteria and the constraints. (PS2-4-3)
Rubrics for each grade level can be found in the documents page of my website.