Dow, Smithsonian Partner on Teacher Scholar Program
The Dow Chemical Company and the Smithsonian
Science Education Center have partnered to create The Dow Smithsonian
Teacher Scholar Program, which is designed to help teachers develop skills in
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
The program is part of the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for
Teachers (SSEATS), a series of annual week-long professional development
academies for teachers held by the Smithsonian Science Education Center. This
year, SSEATS will offer three six-day programs developed in partnership with
Dow. Thirty-two science teachers from around the country will attend the
program in Washington, D.C. during June and July.
The Dow Smithsonian Teacher Scholar Program includes:
- Biodiversity Academy from June 14 to 19, 2015;
- Energy's Innovations and Implications Academy from July 12 to 17, 2015;
- Earth's History and Global Change Academy from July 26 to 31, 2015.
Teachers attending the program will have the opportunity "to learn directly
from scientists, and go behind the scenes at Smithsonian Museums and Research
Centers," said Amy D'Amico, director of professional services at
the Smithsonian Science Education Center, in a prepared statement. Following
the program, they will receive continued support from other
teacher-participants in their area and the Dow STEM Ambassador program.
According to information from Dow, "STEM Ambassadors support teachers and
inspire students by providing real life examples to make challenging concepts
easier to understand, while incorporating a strong focus on sharing exciting
opportunities available through pursuing STEM careers."
Further information about The Dow Smithsonian Teacher Scholar Program can be
found on the Smithsonian
Science Education Center's site.
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].