Washington Episcopal School’s STEM Teacher Katherine Owens has been awarded a “Teachers of Innovation” Grand Prize from The Henry Ford (The Henry Ford includes The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, and Benson Ford Research Center and is located in Dearborn, Michigan). This non-profit organization sponsors the weekly CBS program Innovation Nation and is rated as one of the best history and innovation museums in the country. There were nine other Grand Prize winners.
This competition identifies and highlights teachers who inspire their students to challenge the rules and take risks, demonstrate how to be collaborative and empathetic, and teach the value of learning from staying curious and learning from failure.* The prize includes an Innovation Immersion Experience at The Henry Ford, which consists of a round-trip airfare, accommodations, behind-the-scenes tours with curators, and recognition at a special awards ceremony.
Katherine developed Washington Episcopal School’s STEM: Applied Concepts, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship course. The curriculum applies an interdisciplinary approach to exploring STEM concepts, and these concepts are then applied to one or more projects that the students create themselves. Students are exposed to past and present, high tech and low tech innovations. Each term students take one-of-kind study trips to see these innovations in action or learn from area experts who visit the school and present directly to the students. To teach business and entrepreneurial skills, Katherine Owens guides and fosters students to develop innovative products and has them bring these products “to market” using traditional marketing and sales strategies. Students calculate their very own profits and losses. Her love for business, science, design, and innovation are intertwined with in her curriculum and teaching. Katherine Owens is modernizing traditional education by engaging children in original, engaging, and relevant learning that is preparing them for a modernizing world.
Katherine Owens will begin her sixth year at the Washington Episcopal School this fall. She, her husband, and two children reside in Bethesda, MD