It’s Going to be STEMtastic Summer!
Building our pipeline of STEM workers includes more than outreach to students informing them about careers in manufacturing and STEM industries. We also need to reach out to teachers and provide them with information about new and emerging technologies, high tech careers, new teaching methods and pedagogies as well as opportunities to share their own best practices with each other. Check out these highlights from our upcoming summer teacher professional development activities.
We are also partnering with the USF NREC (Nanotechnology Research and Education Center) to deliver nanotechnology and manufacturing career information to high school students in Pasco County as well as hosting the four-day Pressure Sensor Workshop for technical educators in partnership with the Southwest Center for Microsystem Education (SCME) in the University of South Florida clean room facilities. USF NREC and FLATE will also be partnering with the American Vacuum Society (AVS) for its annual Science Educator Workshop that is part of its annual conference. This October 29-30 workshop is legendary for providing high school teachers with rich modeling ideas and concepts of working in controlled environments, a site visit to Plasm-Therm in Pinellas County and over $1000 in equipment.
In July, FLATE will take a number of college educators and stakeholders to the annual HI-TEC conference where they will be exposed to new and emerging technologies, will interact with industry from across the country, and have the opportunity to network with their peers from other institutions. We will also present at the annual FACTE (Florida Association of Career and Technical Education) conference. There is more information on each of these events on the www.fl-ate.org home page, or you can contact us by email. If you are interested in partnering to offer other professional development events for teachers, please contact Dr. Marilyn Barger at firstname.lastname@example.org.