True Sky Credit Union S.T.E.M. Teacher of the Month: Ahmet Unlu

Dove Science Academy's Ahmet Unlu is the True Sky Credit Union S.T.E.M. Teacher of the Month. (Courtesy of Dove Science Academy)

More Oklahoma teachers are focusing on S.T.E.M. when preparing their students for the future.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math jobs pay more, $12,000 a year more, if you don’t have a college degree, according to Pew Research. Ahmet Unlu teaches Engineering at Dove Science Academy. In order to keep his students engaged, he keeps them busy. They’re always creating. Unlu puts kids in groups to design and build bridges made out of spaghetti. He also helps students build prosthetic arms using 3D printers.

The hands-on approach is essential in Unlu’s lesson plan.

“Life is totally different from lecturing. So I like to show them,” Unlu said. “Life is not easy.”

Unlu, an immigrant from Turkey, also runs the school’s engineering club. The group is building a solar powered car from scratch with plans on entering it into a competition this summer where, hopefully, they’ll drive the car from Dallas to California.

Unlu is passionate about teaching. It runs in his family.

“We come in here and he's really excited about (S.T.E.M.), then we get really excited about (S.T.E.M.)," says student and Engineering Club member Jonathan Avila.

Mr. Unlu is the True Sky Credit Union S.T.E.M. Teacher of the Month.

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