The Indiana Department of Education has announced a teacher from the Tippecanoe School Corporation is among the 2017-2018 state finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Aaron Hamilton, a fourth-grade teacher at Wyandotte Elementary School, is being recognized as an outstanding science educator.
Hamilton is in his eighth year teaching at Wyandotte. He earned his bachelor's degree from Purdue University.
Hamilton credits the SLED (Science Learning through Engineering Design) program at Purdue for helping to provide resources that help spark enthusiasm for science among his students. "I already loved science and doing experiments with students, but knew it was going to be even better once we had scenarios that students could design and build prototypes," says Hamilton. For example, students learn about electricity, then design and build a lighthouse. Another project had students learn about forces and motion, then design and build a boat.
The recognition means a lot to Hamilton and his school. "I started doing science the way I do with the help of my great teammate Colleen Cooper and continue it with my teammates Stephanie Lange and Lindsay Bueno," says Hamilton. "It is really all about teaching in a way that is memorable for students and creates a lasting impression and encourages them for potential future careers. I am glad that the weeks spent during those summers at SLED have paid off as I use many of the strategies and tasks I learned in the classroom to foster a love for science. Being recognized for spreading the love of science is a great feeling!"
Hamilton is one of three state finalist for science teaching. They will be recognized during a luncheon this fall in Indianapolis.