Awesome Letter: ask & answer questions!

The goal of this blog series is to provide STEM pen pals with inspiration and ideas from real STEM pen pal letters. We asked our 2020-21 LPS teachers to pick a letter that stood out to them and tell us why. We hope this series serves as a resource for pen pals to make letters accessible and engaging for pre-scientists.

This letter was written by STEM pen pal Breanne McCarthy to a 8th grade pre-scientist for round 1. The theme this round was: STEM career pathway.

The letter was annotated and reviewed by LPS Teacher William Gabriel, and here’s what he had to say:

Overall, why was this letter exceptional?

Breanne’s letter is colorfully handwritten clearly in student friendly language. It also includes pictures from both work and outside of work to show that STEM professionals don’t just work all the time; they have fun too!

What could make this letter even better?

This letter was written to an 8th grade student who is in a gifted and talented class. It may be too long for a younger student or a student with a lower reading level.

Check out the letter below with Mr. Gabriel’s annotations in red. Thanks to Breanne for not only being a great pen pal, but also allowing us to annotate and publish their letter so others can benefit!


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