Karen Polstra

Computer Science Teacher - Christ Church Episcopal Middle School

Greenville, SC

The Hummingbird project is my favorite thing to teach because no two classes are alike. The kids always amaze me with their creativity and tenacity.  Often they are in a hurry to get to class to begin working on their project because it feels like play to them.  But that is good, because this kind of playing encourages creative thinking, tinkering, and problem solving. There is lots of trying and failing.  I tell them that frustration and failure are often the first step toward success!  It is fun to see their excitement when they are successful and their project comes together into something that they are proud of.