Ladera STARS Academy Scholars Celebrate the Groundbreaking of the New Wildlife Crossing with Project Based Learning
Students in Kristen Nordstrom’s second grade class at Ladera STARS Academy showcase their breadth of knowledge as environmentalists and engineers as they explain the importance for building the new, local wildlife crossing in this video:
In addition to being a phenomenal educator in the CVUSD, Ms. Nordstrom is an author of the picture book Mimic Makers: Biomimicry
Inventors Inspired by Nature, which was just placed on the National Science Teacher’s Best STEM Books K-12: 2022 list, and featured in their magazine SCIENCE and CHILDREN. It also won the AAAS/SUBARU Best Stem Picture Book of the Year. As stated in the book, “Mimic makers wonder how nature works. They learn from living things such as animals, plants, and fungi. They mimic, or copy, good ideas to create useful inventions.” The germination for the first project featured in the book started in Ms. Nordstrom’s first grade classroom in CVUSD.
This is a great example of how students continue to reach for the STARS through explorations in Science, Technology, Arts and Rigorous Scholarship at Ladera STARS Academy.
Way to go Dragons and congratulations to Ms. Nordstrom on her award-winning children’s book!