My name is Ricardo Wells. I’m from Chicago IL. I attended Rich Central high school. I attended SIUE for undergraduate school. My degree is in elementary education. I chose my degree because of my internships, as my internships allowed me to work with students while exploring STEM fields. For me to have earned a degree in elementary education, I had to complete four years of undergraduate school. The first two years of my degree consisted of general education courses and some lower level degree field courses. The last two years of my degree consisted of higher level degree field courses and fieldwork.
During my time of being a student at SIUE I’ve had the opportunity of doing an internship each year that I attended SIUE. My first two internships were through the SIUE Robert J. Noyce STEM Internship, where I was placed at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago as seen above. During my first placement at the Adler I was tasked with leading an after-school program focused on teaching students astronomy through coding. As for my second placement at the Adler I was tasked with programming a raspberry pi to develop easy access exhibits at the Adler. My last two internships were through the STAR Program, where my first internship with STAR was at NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) in Boulder, Colorado as seen below. My second internship with STAR placed me at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California as seen in the last picture. During my first STAR placement at NCAR I studied vector borne diseases to teach in a classroom setting. As for my second STAR placement at NASA Ames I was tasked with developing an educational satellite to improve space missions.
As for jobs I have only had three, where I worked my first job in high school for my Uncle’s landscaping business. While doing landscaping I learned how to work power tools and I learned the difference between soils. My second job was during my college career as I worked at the STEM Center on SIUE campus, this experience was eye opening as I learned about STEM and STEM resources. My third and current job that I have is being an 8th grade math teacher, which provides countless experiences from dealing with students, parents, technology, and common core standards. Fun fact I have a sneaker collection.