Norman “Storm” Robinson, III is an award winning educator, curriculum designer, presenter, professional development trainer and instructional coach. He has offered programs that have inspired teachers and students to increase interest and participation in STEM/STEAM courses and concepts. His energy, content knowledge and instructional strategies are supported by research and delivered in a style that is relatable and receptive and impacts teaching and learning.
Storm began his career as a Mathematics Teacher at Tanglewood Middle School in Greenville, South Carolina. He was awarded Teacher of the Year after his second year in the classroom. Also at this time he was selected to serve on the Curriculum Leadership Institute for the Greenville County Schools District. After teaching middle school for five years, Storm moved to Riverside High School and instructed integrated mathematics classes for 2 years.
With a solid foundation of teaching experience formed, Storm accepted a position as an Aerospace Education Specialist for NASA’s Aerospace Education Services Project. For 7 years Storm designed, implemented and facilitated various STEM programs to inspire teachers and students in STEM. As a “Space Mobiler”, he used NASA missions to design and implement standards based activities that teachers could use to supplement their instruction. He also managed and developed curriculum support materials for the Exploring Space Through Algebra and Space Exploration AP Project
Storm returned to the classroom as the 8th grade STEM Magnet Mathematics Teacher at Marietta STEM Magnet Middle School where he was instrumental in developing the school’s robotics team. This opportunity lead him to his current position as the Team Lead/Education Outreach Manager for the development of curriculum for the Robotics and Engineering Design Course at the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His responsibilities include developing curriculum and providing professional development for teachers implementing robotics in their instruction through the NASA Electronic Professional Development Network.
After 14 years in the middle and high school math and engineering classroom where Mr. Rosen was working on the integration of engineering and robotics into the teaching of the core curricula classrooms. He has now been at Georgia Tech's CEISMC for the past 8 years working on curriculum development and research on authentic STEM instruction and directing the state's FIRST LEGO League competition program. Mr. Rosen has authored or co-authored papers and book chapters that address issues of underrepresented populations participation in engineering programs and the integration of robotics and engineering into classroom instruction.
Marion Usselman is a Principal Research Scientist and Associate Director for Federal Outreach and Research at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC). She earned her Ph.D. in Biophysics from the Johns Hopkins University and has been with CEISMC since 1996 developing and managing university-K-12 educational partnership programs. She currently leads up a team of educators and educational researchers who are exploring how to integrate science, mathematics and engineering within authentic school contexts and researching the nature of the resultant student learning.
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