This is a paid, 3-week, summer fellowship program organized for classroom teachers to expand their science and technology knowledge, at the Texas A&M University, College Station campus. The program involves teachers, selected through an application process from participating schools, working with faculty members in areas of biomedical, engineering and public health research, physicians, clinical and laboratory research staff, to develop new science based, age-appropriate, standard based (including NGSS) and research inspired educational modules for classroom lessons and activities.
The SEF program is organized in a way that encourages a collaboration between the teachers and faculty such that allows the teachers to bring their knowledge about required education standards, sequence of topics required by school district, pedagogical approaches that have been most successful with their students and concepts most students struggle with. The faculty bring an extensive knowledge of “real world” laboratory techniques and analytical skills to be used in the the development of the new modules and hands-on-activities that align with the projects themes and goals. This collaboration will ensure that the new modules meet the educational needs of the students and are designed with the consideration of practical classroom realities (like: class size, time frames, resource and funding limitations).
The selected teachers are also expected to attend and participate in the K-12 summer institute as part of their fellowship program each summer, which holds the week following the SEF.
The new educational modules developed will be introduced in classes and disseminated at the K-12 summer institutes/professional development conferences.