Bite of Science at George Mason University's Manassas Campus Strengthens Science Teaching
The Center for Excellence in Education, Capital One, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, ExxonMobil, and MeadWestvaco Foundation Sponsor Teacher Training Program. A cost-free dinner event bringing together 30 high school STEM teachers with scientists and/or engineers from industry, academia, or government. Attendees have the opportunity to ask questions, network with peers, and interface with the scientist and/or engineer during the informal dinner.
The mission of the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP) is to assure a future talented and diverse U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). TEP provides rural and urban underserved high school teachers the opportunity to connect with experts from industry and academia to explore cutting-edge research and make meaningful professional links with direct benefits for their students.
Bite of Science is designed to improve teacher’s ability to provide students a context of how science is applied in the real world and inspire students to pursue careers of excellence and leadership in STEM. This Bite of Science session for teachers is estimated to impact at least 3,400students in the Prince William, Loudoun, and Fairfax school districts.
CEE’s Bite of Science session in Manassas, VA will feature:
· Ogechi Okpechi, P.E., Water Solutions Group at CH2M HILL
· Monique Van Hoek, Ph.D., Associate Professor, National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases at George Mason University
The Bite of Science speakers will discuss their work and relate it back to the classroom for the teachers to inspire and guide students toward academic opportunities and STEM careers.
The goals of the Teacher Enrichment Program are to:
· Provide teachers with professional enrichment opportunities
· Furnish the opportunity for teachers to ask questions and to interact directly with scientists and engineers
· Foster excitement in teachers to create an interest in students for STEM fields through engagement with STEM professionals in and outside of the classroom
· Inform teachers so they have a better understanding of research and development
· Create awareness of the skills and knowledge needed for the 21st Century STEM worker
· Allow teachers the opportunity to network with their peers
Contact Natasha Schuh-Nuhfer, Ph.D., Director of the Teacher Enrichment Program, email@example.com or Jennifer Midgley, Program Analyst, at firstname.lastname@example.org, to learn more about 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, www.cee.org