STEM Thought Leader
Educator & Mentor
Dr. Trina L. Coleman is the second female of African-American heritage to obtain a Ph.D. in theoretical high energy nuclear physics. She has over 20 years of experience in education and technology, and a lifetime of learning. Interests include: math, reading, public speaking, writing, how stuff works, assembling and disassembling stuff, balance, symmetry, absolutes and being correct.
Mentoring Makes a Difference
Although the term blue blood was originally used to refer to royalty thought to have blood that was actually blue, anyone can be considered a 'blue blood' as it relates to their displayed proficiency in a particular discipline. It is the mission of Academic Blue Blood to engage in the effort to ensure that these talents are developed over time, with the help and support of mentors that recognize great potential. Academic Blue Blood also provides an online mentoring option that provides direct access to Dr. Trina Coleman.
Why this is Important
INTERACTIONS, INTERACTIONS, INTERACTIONS!
Good interactions get good results. Good things don't happen to most of us just because we are born. Discovering what one is good at or passionate about, and finding top-notch people that can help one get better at it, will elevate a student to blue blood status.
Roadmap to Mentoring - STEM Version
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is currently considered a high priority as related to education and career choice. Getting more students involved in STEM studies has proven to be a challenge nationally. One major challenge is the M in STEM. How do we successfully get it done?
Rules of Engagement
Particle Scattering Diagram a.k.a. Stuff Colliding
1) APPROACH - Find a target/student and move toward her/him, while remembering that everyone is NOT the same. What sparks the student's interest? How can you cultivate it?
2) INTERACT - Provide opportunities for exposure to potential mentors and peers by sponsoring activities and events. What federal, state, local or private organizations support STEM activities? How do mentors get connected to these groups?
3) SPREAD KNOWLEDGE - Mentors must be dedicated and willing to cultivate intellectual growth; sponsors must continue to facilitate steps 1) and 2). Are students engaged in productive STEM activities and able to convey information in written and presentation formats?
4) CREATE KNOWLEDGE - Students are now empowered to make new discoveries, pursue and achieve blue blood status, and pay it forward. Has measurable success been achieved?