Hands-On STEM Workshop in Tysons Corner to Strengthen Science Teaching

CEE, Capital One, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, ExxonMobil, MeadWestvaco Foundation, and Micron Foundation Will Sponsor Teacher Training Program.

McLean, VA, June 27, 2015 --(PR.com)-- The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) Capital One, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, ExxonMobil, Micron Foundation, and MeadWestvaco Foundation will sponsor a cost-free, hands-on workshop titled, A Morning with STEM, for high school teachers on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Tysons Corner, Virginia. A Morning with STEM will be held at the Courtyard Tysons Corner hotel located at 1960-A Chain Bridge Road in Mclean, Virginia. The workshop will take place in the Fairfax Ballroom on the 2nd floor from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for teachers who wish to broaden their perspective of STEM in their classroom.

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.

A Morning with STEM 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. A Morning with STEM is modeled off the well-received Bite of Science component of TEP. This hands-on workshop for teachers is estimated to impact at least 3,425 students in Fairfax County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, and surrounding school districts.

CEE’s A Morning with STEM working session in Tyson Corner, Virginia will feature:
· Tashika Hussey, Lockheed Martin Corporate Engineering, Technology, and Operations, Net-Centric Integration & Demonstration (NCID), Demonstration Portfolio Lead (Interim)
· Len Annetta, Ph.D., Professor, Science Education, College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University
· Michael R. Gabel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mathematics and Integrative Studies
New Century College, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University

A Morning with STEM speakers will discuss their work and conduct discussions, demonstrations, and activities for teachers to take back to the classroom 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, at nschuh@cee.org or Jennifer Midgley, Program Analyst, at jmidgley@cee.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
Center for Excellence in Education (CEE)
Maureen Palmer
Joann DiGennaro