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ERIC Number: EJ946207
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-2158-0502
Stewart and Ray's Big Adventure: A Research Experience for Teachers at UMASS/Amherst
McCarthy, Ray
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v71 n3 p22-26 Nov 2011
Late in the winter of 2010, teachers across Massachusetts received invitations to apply for six- to eight-week Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in which middle or high school teachers in STEM subjects would work alongside scientists and their graduate students as they sought to solve real-world problems. This country-wide effort was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to make STEM studies and careers more appealing to students. The hypothesis is that teachers' attitudes towards and awareness of STEM studies directly affect student attitude and interest. The goal is to invigorate the teaching of STEM subjects by immersing teachers in actual research experiences at universities like UMASS so the teachers can share their experiences with their students. Stewart Olson, a technology education teacher at Amherst Regional High School, and the author were selected by Dr. Alan Lesser to work in his nano-polymeric chemical engineering laboratory in the Conte Building on the UMASS Amherst campus. This article describes the author's experiences with NSF's Research Experiences for Teachers program.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts