Kathie Flood, teacher at Salk Middle Pre-Engineering STEM, Magnet Program, was awarded the Fox 9 Super Scientist Award at the Science Museum of Minnesota. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math, topics on which the magnet school focuses.
Nine winners were selected by an independent judges panel composed of education experts from the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Education.
Flood teaches family and consumer science to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students at Salk. The inquiry-based, hands on teaching approach of the magnet program is a perfect fit for her content and teaching style, according to Salk Principal Julie Athman.
Several years ago, Flood approached the administration about incorporating food science and the scientific method into her course at Salk. She has been quick to identify the rise in interest and employment in the STEM field of food science, Athman said. Flood engages the students in scientific thinking when it comes to food preparation and how food is produced.
She won $900 from the Science Museum of Minnesota and presented a lesson at the Girls in Science expo on Oct. 12.
“She has been an outstanding role model for young women and an outstanding instructor who educates, inspires and empowers her students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers,” Athman said. “She is worthy of the honor of being selected for the Fox 9 Super Scientist.”