High School Winner
Riverview High School
Riverview, New Brunswick
Fogarty’s classroom impacts classrooms in Canada, the United States, Amman, Beijing, and Hong Kong because he has partnered with teachers and students in all of these locations on real-world STEM projects. He has “imparted 21st-century learning skills” to colleagues worldwide, “including STEM, collaborative learning techniques and strategies, SMARTBoard utilization, and [use of] probeware. Since Ian and I share the same science teaching specialization, I was particularly fortunate to learn and be mentored in small-group sessions and be provided with relevant and focused feedback,” says Norma Jean Adair, one of Fogarty’s teacher mentees in Beijing. She adds that Fogarty “offered a tremendous amount of support as we experimented with these new apps and devices in our classrooms.”
Fogarty gives students who never would have taken a programming or design or electronics or agricultural course an opportunity to work in those areas and discover a newfound passion. “By integrating technology and experiential learning into the classroom, he was and is able to engage a broader range of students. We did a steak lab, completed a cheesy lab, used a SMART Board before anyone knew what they were, dropped balls from balconies, went to the park, used online resources and tests, and had more fun learning that I thought was possible,” asserts former student Jocelyn Ball. Despite the challenging work his classes require, “year after year, his classes are full, and students leave at the end of the term having learned as much about life as they have about chemistry or physics,” she contends.