The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education, along with their partners Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the College Board, have announced they will begin accepting applications for the 2013 Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) and Siemens STEM Institute programs. The STARs program invites 40 educators from across the nation to attend Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) or Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for two weeks to study and conduct research with some of the country's top scientists. The Siemens STEM Institute selects 50 educators from around the nation to attend a hands-on, immersion program promoting STEM education at the Discovery Education headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C. These programs are part of the Siemens STEM Academy, a national professional development community designed to advance the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States.
For the two STARs programs, 40 educators will work in small groups and collaborate with scientific teams from world-renowned labs to conduct individually-designed research projects that will give them real-world experience they can bring back to their classrooms. In the past during these immersive research experiences, STARs fellows have tackled a variety of STEM project topics, including the construction and maintenance of neutron detection systems, biomass that could lead to improved biofuel production, the charge transfer properties of CdSe Quantum dots for hybrid solar cell applications and more.
The 2013 STARs programs will take place June 16 - June 28, 2013, at ORNL and July 14 - July 26, 2013, at PNNL. In addition to the two-week, hands-on learning experience, each teacher will receive a grant to purchase equipment and/or supplies for their classroom.
The Siemens STEM Academy also offers the Siemens STEM Institute, a week-long program that promotes real-world integration of STEM principles into the classroom. From Aug. 4 - Aug. 9, 2013, a group of 50 middle and high school educators from across the country will attend an intensive professional development experience at the global headquarters of Discovery Communications. The Fellows will be exposed to leading scientists, thought leaders, personalities and innovators whose work across STEM disciplines shape and define our world today. In the past, STEM Institute Fellows have heard from guest speakers, including Dr. Roosevelt Johnson, deputy associate administrator for education at NASA; have taken field trips to leading institutions of STEM innovation, such as the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History and engaged in discussions with executives from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on opportunities for educators to enhance classroom teaching techniques.
The call for applications for the STEM Academy programs is now open through Feb. 5, 2013. Educators across the country can apply for the 2013 STARs programs or the Siemens STEM Institute by visiting www.siemensstemacademy.com.
Source: Siemens Foundation, www.siemens-foundation.org; Discovery Education, www.discoveryeducation.com