Microdocumentaries
Be inspired by short videos that highlight the amazing and innovative work our Allen Distinguished Educators are doing in their classrooms!

2016 Microdocumentaries 



Alyson Nelson - Nikola Tesla STEM High School

Allen Distinguished Educator Alyson Nelson's students at Nikola Tesla STEM High School in Redmond, WA are bringing their personal passions to her biomedical engineering classes...
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Allen Distinguished Educator Alyson Nelson's students at Nikola Tesla STEM High School in Redmond, WA are bringing their personal passions to her biomedical engineering classes and solving major issues in the world. For example, one class designed a new type of prosthetic that will allow users to play guitar or participate in high-intensity sports like skateboarding and skiing. Nelson also partners with a sociology teacher to engage her students in researching causes of pandemic infections and to seek ways to care and cure patients.


Ashley Greenway - Elm Street Elementary

“Sugar Kids Beauty Scrub” might sound more like a solution to a complexion problem than a way to teach engineering and entrepreneurship.
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“Sugar Kids Beauty Scrub” might sound more like a solution to a complexion problem than a way to teach engineering and entrepreneurship. Allen Distinguished Educator Ashley Greenway engages her first graders at Elm Street Elementary in Rome, GA to create and manage this business by integrating aspects of entrepreneurship and engineering. She takes her students through the entire business model, from product design to market analysis and product research to development, budgeting and promotion. Based on the enthusiastic response, her model is being adopted in other classes across throughout the elementary school.


Courtney Bryant, Reggie O'Neill, and Beth White - Drew Charter School Atlanta, GA

Allen Distinguished Educators Courtney Bryant, Reggie O’Neill and Beth White teach engineering through the lens of art and social impact...
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Allen Distinguished Educators Courtney Bryant, Reggie O’Neill and Beth White teach engineering through the lens of art and social impact at Drew Charter School in Atlanta, GA. By integrating engineering throughout grades k-11, these teachers have created a community of student engineers that are helping the neighborhoods around them. One group of students is currently designing and constructing a backyard playhouse to auction off at their community design showcase. A local charity will be selected to receive the proceeds through a voting process designed and managed by the older students.


Patrick Dempsey and Robert Rambach - Hixson Middle School

Allen Distinguished Educators Patrick Dempsey and Rob Rambach are engineering and computer science evangelists at Hixson Middle School in Webster Groves, MO integrating these disciplines...
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Allen Distinguished Educators Patrick Dempsey and Rob Rambach are engineering and computer science evangelists at Hixson Middle School in Webster Groves, MO integrating these disciplines across multiple subjects. In their own science class, they have engaged students with engineering through lessons in chemistry, convection and electricity. In one example of hands-on, student-led learning, students discover the principles of convection when asked to design and build hot air balloons and determine which designs flew the highest and why.


Jodie Woodruff - The MET School

Allen Distinguished Educator Jodie Woodruff runs a unique entrepreneurship program to teach high school students at The MET School in Providence, RI...
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Allen Distinguished Educator Jodie Woodruff runs a unique entrepreneurship program to teach high school students at The MET School in Providence, RI to run their own community businesses. They must identify a market opportunity, develop and pitch a business plan to potential investors, secure seed funding, manage a budget, market their product and even rent office space. They run their businesses out of a purpose-built collaboration space on the school’s campus. Example businesses include a Kickstarter campaign consultancy and a graphic design and printing service for local Hispanic-owned small businesses.
 
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Dawn DuPriest and Tracey Winey - Preston Middle School

​When Allen Distinguished Educators Dawn DuPriest and Tracey Winey teach engineering, lights go on across the globe.
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When Allen Distinguished Educators Dawn DuPriest and Tracey Winey teach engineering, lights go on across the globe. As part of their class, students design, manufacture and, with the help of a non-profit partner, ship low-energy lights to villages in developing countries. With their philanthropic engineering projects these students directly improve living conditions overseas.

2014 Microdocumentaries



Scott Swaaley - High Tech High

Allen Distinguished Educator Scott Swaaley launched a unique engineering and fabrication program for High Tech High...
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Allen Distinguished Educator Scott Swaaley launched a unique engineering and fabrication program for High Tech High that pushes students to their limits, builds their grit and develops their resourcefulness in preparation for a demanding future in STEM fields. Scott designed and teaches his 9th grade curriculum within the larger innovative context of High Tech High – a San Diego-based charter school system where education focuses on respect for students and their work, and fosters a capacity for self-directed learning.


Glenn Corey - Novato High School

A product designer and entrepreneur, Allen Distinguished Educator, Glenn Corey, recently shifted gears into teaching...
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A product designer and entrepreneur, Allen Distinguished Educator, Glenn Corey, recently shifted gears into teaching at Novato High School. He has transformed the AP Physics class into a hands-on demonstration of physics – including rocket design and launch competitions – while also starting a separate product design class. His passion is helping his students develop critical thinking and then testing it. In his design class, everything from product concept to CAD design and production is mastered by his students.


Mike Wierusz - Inglemoor High School

Allen Distinguished Educator, Mike Wierusz, is leading the charge to develop the next generation of sustainability leaders...
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Allen Distinguished Educator, Mike Wierusz, is leading the charge to develop the next generation of sustainability leaders with an integrated curriculum that focuses on developing students’ skills via real-world projects, hands-on learning and connecting with industry.


Regan Drew - Riverpoint Academy

Allen Distinguished Educator, Regan Drew has led the integration of entrepreneurship into Mead School District’s core STEM curriculum...
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Allen Distinguished Educator, Regan Drew has led the integration of entrepreneurship into Mead School District’s core STEM curriculum through the launch of the Riverpoint Academy. Her focus has been on creating “innovators, not just innovations” with a focus on interdisciplinary thinking, entrepreneurship, STEM, creativity and design.