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Research Experiences for Teachers: Exploring Career Opportunities through Water-Themed Engineering Research


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Academic Level:
K-12 Educators

Description:
The RET ECOWATER program empowers high school science and math teachers with learning and research experiences over the course of 6 weeks in the summer. Participants do hands-on engineering research and learn ways to integrate the concepts into their high school curricula. This program is open to current high school teachers for grades 9 to 12 who teach any science or math subject. A total of 10 teachers will be selected each summer. We encourage teacher pairs from the same school but different subject areas to apply to stimulate crosscutting interactions. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation.

What will you gain as a participant? You will engage in many types of activities, including interactive professional skill-building sessions, hands-on research, and tours of research labs at KU and nearby companies. You will learn about engineering design through projects that span environmental, mechanical, and chemical engineering fields with guidance from faculty and graduate student mentors. You will have the chance to meet other teachers, building your professional network. You will also learn about careers in STEM. In addition, you will get the resources you need to develop NGSS-based educational materials to take back to your classroom the following academic year.

How will your students benefit? With the curricula and supplies you take back to your school, you will be better prepared to teach your students about engineering practices, which will help to enhance your students? critical thinking and problem-solving skills, necessary skills for all sorts of good-paying jobs. You will learn about various career opportunities that will help you better advise students about STEM careers.


Application Deadline: 1/31/2022

Program Dates: 6/13/2022 - 7/22/2022

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Kansas (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Bioengineering
Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
Chemistry
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Computational Sciences
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Physics
STEM Fields

Keywords:
Biochemical Engineering
Computational Modeling
Environmental Biology
Environmental Chemistry
Freshwater Wetlands
Microbial Biology
Sustainable Water Use
Water Quality

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)


Page last updated 10/12/2021
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