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The Center for Excellence in Education Sponsors Teacher Enrichment Program

CEE and KBR Host Two Dinner Events to Strengthen Science Teaching in Houston, Texas

McLean, VA, March 16, 2013 --( The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) and KBR will host two distinctive Bite of Science dinner events for high school teachers in Houston, Texas. Science teachers who wish to broaden their perspective of science in their classroom are invited to participate.

Bite of Science dates and locations include:
· Monday, March 18th, 5:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. at Texas Southern University, College of Education, Rod Paige Education Building
· Tuesday, March 19th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Rice University, Space Science and Technology Building

The mission of the Teacher Enrichment Program is to assure a future talented and diverse U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program focuses on best practices and resources, as well as exposure to the breadth and depth of scientific discovery often not available to rural and urban high school teachers and their students. The Bite of Science professional development opportunities for teachers is estimated to impact at least 6,850 Houston, Texas students in 2013.

The Teacher Enrichment Program provides content and information for teachers to engage students to pursue careers in science and technology. Bite of Science is one of six components offered by the Teacher Enrichment Program.

The components of the Teacher Enrichment Program are as follows:

Bite of Science
This opportunity brings together 25 teachers with two leading scientists and/or engineers. Teachers have the opportunity to interact with researchers from industry, academia, and government.

Lab Bench
Interactive website for exclusive use by Bite of Science attendees. Includes Bite of Science presentation material and videos, additional STEM resources, targeted content from the Clearinghouse, laboratory activities, and resources for students.

The Clearinghouse is an online compendium of science resources within targeted states. Teachers can access more than 1,100 content rich STEM sites gathered for Life Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering classes at the secondary school level. The Clearinghouse is available cost free to any teacher and all content listed is free to access and use in the classroom.

CEE Blog
The CEE Blog serves to encourage discussion about education issues among STEM stakeholders in the global community. U.S. and international scientists contribute content and abstracts to the blog.

Teacher Roundtables
These events are hosted by CEE for science teachers to discuss critical science and laboratory education. These meetings serve to share ideas among teachers, including resources and classroom pedagogy.

Public/Private Partnerships
CEE works with companies to create and strengthen public / private partnerships to better serve urban and rural STEM teachers and their students. Among partners are KBR, Exxon Mobil, Capital One, Gen-Probe, Micron, and Microsoft to name a few.

“In a period of fiscal difficulty for many school systems, events like the Bite of Science offer high-quality professional development to teachers, at no cost to the teachers or to the school system. Teachers are given the opportunity to interact with cutting-edge scientists and engineers, grow in their discipline, and network with their peers. This is an extremely cost-effective way to impact classroom learning and teaching methods. As a member of the CEE Board of Directors, I have witnessed the results first hand,” said Cynthia Pickett-Stevenson, Esquire, Counsel to Doyle, Restrepo, Harvin & Robbins, LLP.

CEE’s Bite of Science events will feature:
Monday, March 18, 2013
· Jillian Duquesnay, P.E., Senior Naval Architect, McDermott Engineering, LLC
· G. Michael Gaskins, West Africa Operations Manager, ExxonMobil Exploration Company
· Elizabeth S. Stewart Smith, P.E., 3-D CAD Model & 2-D Drawing Lead, International Space Station Program Office, NASA, Johnson Space Center

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
· Lisa Buckner, Geophysical Society of Houston Outreach Chair, University of Houston G&G Recruiting Team Lead, Seismic Data Loading Team Lead, Hess Corporation
· Keith Rappold, Petroleum Engineering Specialist, Upstream Research, Aramco Services Company
· Soham Roy, MD, FACS, FAAP, Associate Professor, Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology , Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital Memorial Hermann-Texas, Medical Center Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, UTH-ORL In Affiliation with Children's ENT of Houston

The goals of the Teacher Enrichment Program are to:
· -Provide teachers with enhanced professional development
· -Furnish the opportunity for teachers to ask questions and to interact directly with scientists and engineers
· -Foster excitement in teachers to create an interest for students to pursue STEM careers
· -Allow teachers the opportunity to network with their peers

Contact Natasha Schuh-Nuhfer, Ph.D., Director of the Teacher Enrichment Program, at to attend the cost-free event offered by CEE.

About the Center for Excellence in Education
The Center for Excellence in Education was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. The Center's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage collaboration between and among leaders in the global community. CEE sponsors the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP). For more information about the Center and its programs, visit CEE’s Web site,

Sources: Natasha Schuh-Nuhfer, Ph.D., 703-448-9062
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Joann DiGennaro

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