Marie Gillespie-Story

Measuring data through non-traditional methods

2016 STEM Scholar
Canton, SD Pierre Indian Learning Center

Marie’s Big Idea: Marie worked with PocketLab Inc. to create a series of experiments that use wireless digital sensors to collect and analyze data in situations that are difficult to measure with traditional equipment. Marie was able to use the PocketLab to measure data points as diverse as motion, acceleration, angular velocity, magnetic field, pressure, altitude, and temperature.


Interesting Facts: In 2016, Marie and her class won a grant for a project entitled, “Student Exploration in Near Space”. Dorothy and her students launched a weather balloon equipped with a thermometer, barometer, and GPS. Read more about her project here.

Marie’s school is 100% Native American and strives to incorporate her students’ culture into her science lessons. Her teaching style follows research that shows effective teaching for Native American students strays from the traditional American education system by integrating a combination of inquiry and Native American cultural references.

In her own words:"My best lessons are lessons that integrate my students' Native American culture into science concepts investigating math and engineering."