More than 400 elementary, middle and high school teachers will join administrators and business leaders at the first annual STEM Institute in Delaware to work together to better prepare students for college and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Education in partnership with the Delaware Science Coalition, the institute brings together public school teachers, administrators and the business community to become more familiar with STEM education through trainings and workshops on science, technology, engineering and math materials for their classroom.
“This is a great opportunity to bring together teachers and business leaders who share the goal of ensuring our students graduate ready for college and careers in the STEM field. Working together we can make sure our children can analyze and problem-solve in today’s classrooms and workplaces,” Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said.
At the elementary level, teachers will be trained on Engineering is Elementary units from the Museum of Science in Boston. The Delaware Science Coalition purchased the units for teachers to use in their classrooms beginning in summer 2011. Since then, more than 260 teachers have been trained on the Engineering is Elementary units and started implementing them into their lessons. At the secondary level, teachers will be trained on Building Math and Engineering the Future.
Teachers also will learn on how STEM fits into programs at Delaware’s state parks, zoo and nature centers. Other presenters will speak about how Common Core standards in English language arts integrate with STEM education while art education makes STEM into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).
Jennifer Childress, senior science advisor for Achieve, will speak about the Next Generation Science Standards set for release in 2013 and how the science standards will help all students be college and career ready for the 21st century.
Sponsors for the institute are Scholastic, Carolina Biological, Houghton Mifflin and Compass Learning.
Media is welcome to join the institute, which runs from July 16 to 18 at Providence Creek Academy Charter School, 355 West Duck Creek Road in Clayton. Please RSVP to Alison Kepner at email@example.com
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