Elana Slagle, founder of Starfish Education, is a consultant specializing in STEM education, technology integration and curriculum development. Mrs. Slagle leverages over a decade of experience as a classroom teacher to work closely with teachers to integrate best-practice and implement rigor in instruction. After leaving the classroom, Mrs. Slagle worked as a building administrator as well as an educational technology administrator for a local county. In addition to teaching workshops to K-12 teachers and industry professionals, Elana also enjoys teaching both face-to-face and online graduate classes, webinars and conference sessions for teachers and outreach professionals. She works to assist teachers in improving STEM instruction through inquiry-based learning and to help them understand how to better integrate technology into their curriculum.
As a former K-12 classroom teacher and administrator, Mrs. Slagle is also an active member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and has served as the national Chair for the STEM K-12 Outreach Committee. She has an undergraduate degree in English with minors in Science Technology and Technical Writing. Additionally, Mrs. Slagle has earned a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
Mars Rover Celebration (curriculum writer for the University of Houston) - Primary (Grades 3-5) and middle school (Grades 6-8) students interested in science and engineering will participate in the design and construction of a model of a Mars Rover to carry out a specific science mission on the surface of Mars. The models are mostly a mock-up, constructed at a minimal cost (estimated cost of less than $10-$25) of mostly found objects and simple art supplies. If desired, teachers may supply students with a low cost ($10) solar powered car kit to serve as the chassis, or a low cost ($25) RC kit. RC, Solar powered, and free-form (unpowered) models will participate separately. Students build the models as part of a 6-week Fall semester classroom-learning or homework project on Mars. Students are given design criteria for a rover, and be required to do basic research on Mars that will determine the operational objectives and structural features of their rover. This module may be used as part of a class studying general science, earth science, solar system astronomy or robotics or as a multi-disciplinary unit for a gifted and talented program.