Date: February 17, 2018
TechTerra Education is excited to announce that their CEO/Founder, Susan Wells, just published her first book - Foundations of Makerspaces - with Amazon. Wells designed her first Makerspace in 2009 and has been imagining, designing and creating Makerspaces and innovative learning spaces for over a decade.
Her book takes her experience working with educators across the globe and uses that experience to create a guidebook on imagining, designing and deploying Makerspaces. Wells saw that educators around the world want something concrete in their hands to help them design and create a space that will work in their learning environments. Her book is a practical guide for districts and schools. Wells’ goal with her book, as with her company, from the pedagogy of Makerspaces to the vocabulary of STEM to the guiding steps for meeting the goals and standards for 21st Century learning, is STEM access for all.
TechTerra Education, a Durham, NC start-up, selected to attend BETT by the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) January 24 to 27, 2018.
Date: January 17, 2018
TechTerra Education, a leading STEM education company based out of Durham, NC, will be a guest of the UK’s Department for International Trade at BETT 2018. BETT is one of the largest technology exhibitions in the world focused on education. The theme this year is “Creating a better future by transforming Education” and over 37,000 attendees, 850 leading companies, 103 new edtech startups are expected to fill London’s international convention center, Excel London. TechTerra’s founder, Susan Wells, and her team will be flying to London as BETT gets underway January 24 -27, 2018.
As a VIP guest, TechTerra Education will meet with key UK companies and enjoy a VIP tour along the Great British Trail. “We are thrilled to have been selected by DIT,” said Susan Wells. “We attended BETT in 2016 and 2017, but this will be our first time attending as an invited VIP. We look forward to meeting some of the most significant UK edtech companies and to networking at the UK Pavilion.”
Techterra Education, www.techterraeducation.com, founded by Wells in 2016, offers national and international STEM and Makerspace solutions for students, teachers, schools, districts, and EdTech developers and innovators. The company’s mission is STEM Literacy for All.
TechTerra Education Hosts STEMFest with Boys and Girls Club and East Carolina University – Senator Don Davis and Representative Jean Farmer-Butterfield Attend
TechTerra Education, a STEM education company founded in Durham, NC, along with the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastal Plains and East Carolina University, hosted a first annual STEMFest. The free event took place on August 5, 2017, at the Jack Minges Club in Greenville, North Carolina. Approximately 125 Boys and Girls Club (BGC) kids completed eight different hands-on STEM stations.
Senator Don Davis (D) and Representative Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D) met with TechTerra Education’s CEO, Susan Wells, to take in the event. “It was a privilege to see the interest Senator Davis and Representative Farmer-Butterfield showed in STEM and the kids,” said Wells. “TechTerra Education was very happy to partner with BGC and ECU for this event.”
BGC vice-president, Julie Cary, and Dean Grant Hayes of the ECU College of Education also attended. “TechTerra Education was an outstanding partner and provider of all the STEM activities in which our kids participated,” said BGC’s Cary. “Club kids were highly engaged at each station and for many it was their first time taking part in such a wide variety of STEM activities.”
TechTerra provided the tools, teachers, and stations for a full day of STEM activity. BGC kids tried out coding and computational thinking, digital arts, robotics, and augmented and virtual reality. TechTerra teachers helped them work with 3d modeling, stop motion animation, and drones. The kids made take home Stations of STEM passports as keepsakes. “The day was a huge success,” said Wells, “and we look forward to working with the Boys and Girls Club to bring events like this to more kids here in North Carolina and across the nation.”
On August 22, 2017, TechTerra Education, a leading STEM education company in Durham, NC, participated in the Rowan-Salisbury School System (RSSS) Conference. TechTerra Education founder, Susan Wells, spoke on “STEM Solutions for All, Supporting Districts and Schools in their STEM Journey.”
The RSSS has been recognized nationally for work in STEM and digital learning and TechTerra Education is proud to have partnered with them for 3 years to support STEM education for all students. TechTerra Education held a nuts and bolts STEM makerspace session at the conference and provided the tools to let attendees explore robotics, coding, electronics and circuitry, micro-controllers, augmented and virtual reality, and invention kits. “Educators had a chance to get hands-on with STEM tools,” said Wells. “The chance to explore STEM resources and think about how to create inquiry-based activities for the classroom is fundamental to TechTerra’s guiding principle of STEM equity for all.”
“It was great to see so much excitement for STEM,” said Wells of TechTerra Education. “We are looking forward to continuing our work with RSSS educators throughout the school year.” RSSS serves over 19,000 students in 35 schools and is the second largest employer in Rowan County. This year’s conference was held in China Grove, NC, at the South Rowan High School.