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Angie Mutter

Built a tiny-house model to learn about sustainability

2018 STEM Scholar
Pilgrim's Knob, VA Twin Valley Elementary Middle School

Angie’s Big Idea: Angie’s students learned about sustainability by designing and building a model of a tiny house for a specific biome. Students learned the concepts of area, perimeter, and geometry; understood how building materials affect heating and cooling; and explored energy and water management. The students presented their tiny house model to a “shark tank” of experts in engineering, construction, HVAC, and meteorology that judged the sustainability of the design for the given biome.

Interesting Facts: Angie makes professional development a high priority. In 2017 alone, she participated in numerous advanced training courses through the Virginia Association of Science Teachers, Ron Clark Academy, and University of Virginia.

In her own words: "I want my students to become Earth friendly. I want my students to be open minded about solar, wind, hydrothermal, and hydropower energy and how they can be used. My students will leave this class GREEN."