May 27, 2014
York Tech Helps
Bring STEM Education to the Literary World
ROCK HILL, SC — Fort
Mill High School English Teacher Adrienne Bynum gave a special thanks
to York Technical College after taking home the win for Best STEM
Integration Teacher 2014 at the PBS Charlotte/CPCC First Regional STEM
With the help of York Tech's faculty and
resources, Bynum was able to incorporated STEM education into her
class reading project of Harper Lee’s
1960 classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird. In order to solve the crime
in the book, where a character was falsely accused of rape, Bynum
partnered with York Tech to give her students the opportunity to
conduct research, DNA sampling, forensics and fingerprinting. She then
had her students use critical thinking to write research papers that
included evidence and analysis to change the ending of the novel.
“My category was first to
be announced and I had no idea I was going to end up giving an
acceptance speech. I chose to explain my project so the audience could
understand how science was incorporated with English,” Bynum said.
Teachers and students representing the entire North
Carolina and South Carolina region attended the awards ceremony to
showcase STEM projects that were judged based on STEM content,
rationale, research, design, entrepreneurship, data collection,
project analysis, and communication.
“The work with Ms. Bynum’s students is a primary example of how we
hope to plant seeds of interest early to grow future leaders in STEM related fields. We congratulate Ms. Bynum on her award and hope that
she will continue to integrate such unique approaches to STEM
education across the curriculum,” said York Tech Science Department
Chair Jennifer Morgan.
The more society becomes dependent on
advances in medicine, technology, research and engineering, the more
STEM education becomes an integral part of the future of education.
York Tech’s mission of ‘building our community through maximizing
student success’ is the College’s commitment to continue to support
STEM initiatives in its own classrooms as well as classrooms
throughout the community.
The awards ceremony was broadcasted on
PBS Charlotte. To hear Ms. Bynum describe her project in full
About York Technical College:
York Technical College, is a public, two-year institution of higher
education that offers a variety of associate degrees, diplomas, and
certificates. York Technical College’s mission is: Building Our
Community Through Maximizing Student Success.
York Technical College / 452 South Anderson Road / Rock Hill, SC