Professional Development

Teachers Become Researchers in Siemens STEM Program

The Siemens Foundation has announced the 20 teachers from throughout the United States who it has selected to participate in the Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) program. The two-week professional development course allows participants work in small groups, in collaboration with scientists from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to conduct practical research related to current scientific issues.

Co-sponsored by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), Discovery Education, and the College Board, STARs is intended to expose teachers directly to cutting-edge, real-world research, providing them with experiences they can bring with them back to the classroom in order to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

"We are thrilled to give some of the best teachers in the country the opportunity to work at the largest, most prestigious laboratory in the nation," said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation. "Through the STARs program, these 20 teachers will be able to apply real-life research experience to their work in the classroom and inspire students to pursue further education and careers in the scientific field."

The teachers chosen to participant in the program are:

Participants will each also receive a $500 mini-grant from the foundation to purchase supplies in order to demonstrate, replicate, and/or continue their research with their students.

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