ST. PETERSBURG — Amber Robinson, a teacher at Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Elementary, was named the 2019 Outstanding Elementary School Educator by the Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST).
She received the award on Oct. 25 at the annual FAST conference in St. Augustine. The award honors educational professionals for their outstanding work and achievement in science education.
A 16-year educator at Jamerson, Robinson was recognized for her dedication to science and STEM excellence while inspiring students and fellow teachers in her innovative approach to learning about and living STEM education.
Her contributions include developing STEM integrated curriculum that uses engineering as the link among the science, mathematics, and language arts components. For the past two years, Robinson has presented along with her husband, Rafael, an educator and author of “The Super Sprockets STEM Club Trouble,” at the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA).
NSTA is the largest professional organization in the world, promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, preschool through college.
“My vision is for all students to have authentic experiences that expose them to the wonderful world of engineering,” Robinson said. “The hands-on problem solving that we engage in at Jamerson Elementary and in the Super Sprockets STEM Club is a model of student accomplishment and program capabilities for classrooms nationwide.”
After school, Robinson co-teaches STEM with her husband. Tipping Point STEM-ulating an Urban Arising brings the Super Sprocket STEM Club to three schools within the district through a grant. The Super Sprocket STEM Club provides students with comprehensive skills built on problem-solving and real-world experiences.
“I will continue to provide opportunities inclusive of girls and urban students to get involved in STEM education,” Robinson said. “This is my life’s work and passion.”