The Center for Probing the Nanoscale (CPN) offers a one-week Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers (SIMST). At the Institute teachers learn about the physical concepts underlying nanotechnology and nanoscience in simple terms. Daily sessions include:
- content lectures by Stanford scientists,
- inquiry-based modules that explicitly address California's 5-8th grade physical science content standards and are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards,
- and tours of research labs and instrument demos
Teachers will also develop and receive hands-on activities that bring nanoscience into the classroom. After fully participating in SIMST, teachers will receive an $850 stipend ($550 after completion of SIMST, $300 after implementing a nano lesson in the classroom) and professional development units. There is no additional travel or lodging stipend.
When: July 21-25, 2014 (breakfast and lunch provided)
Where: McCullough Building, Room 130, Stanford University
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 7 , 2014
Questions? - contact Maria Wang (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nano-related activities and other resources for the classroom can be found at http://teachers.stanford.edu/
- Middle school is the beginning of the scientific and engineering pipeline problem
- Performance relative to international norms drops between 4th to 8th grade from above average to average.
- Reported enthusiasm for science drops substantially: 64% of 4th graders interested in science, dropping to 50% in the 8th grade (from the National Center for Education Statistics)
- Broad Impact: One teacher may reach > 100 students per year.
- Deep Impact: Teachers profoundly influence their students' interests.
- Retention: Teachers are the frontline in the effort to maintain high education standards. We hope to help make your job more enjoyable and rewarding.