A sixth grade teacher at Salemwood School won $5,000 to spend in his classroom after a quirky science lesson he produced won an online contest for educators.
Jourdan Marino entered the MathMovesU-sponsored contest last September, in which participants were challenged to “teach a 60-second out-of-this-world lesson on video that communicates one or more interesting fact about space or space exploration using an apple as your main prop.”
In his entry, Marino adopts the persona of “Dr. Albert Hess,” a mad scientist hawking an imaginary “common apple kit” he claims can teach students a number of Earth Science concepts.
Marino's friend Matt ”Smitty” Smith is also featured as the short's easily impressed student.
“My best friend ...(had) just came back from the Army,” Marino wrote in an e-mail. “(We) made this video at the last minute.”
As for the prize money, Marino is weighing his options – he's considered purchasing a classroom telescope, putting the funds toward a nature field trip or some gadgets for his Smart Board.
“I have lots of ideas and plenty of time to consider them,” he said.