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NSF Year-long Nanotechnology Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

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Academic Level:
K-12 Educators
Faculty & Administrators

The Rice Office of STEM Engagement offers a year-long program with a focus on nanotechnology and leadership, which includes a 7-week summer internship for K-12 teachers* in Rice University's nanotechnology research laboratories. Participants are matched to a graduate student or postdoctoral mentor currently working in one of Rice's laboratories who can help guide their research.

Program Benefits:

•$7,000 stipend upon program completion

•Free parking

•7-week internship in a nanotechnology laboratory to reinforce understanding and appreciation of science as a process

•Observe and actively work in research

•Develop inquiry-based lesson plans that apply R-STEM and Rice research

•Use media and other strategies to bring laboratory experience to students

•Network with fellow science teachers

Program Structure:

•Summer 2017

◦A beginning 3-day workshop on engineering design and lesson development-based research to situate participants in the program

◦Teachers will be placed in a Rice faculty’s research laboratory and assigned a graduate or postdoctoral student mentor

◦Weekly meetings to discuss research experience

◦Round robin tours of teacher internship laboratories

◦Leadership seminars

◦Attend the Nanoengineering Research Symposium for Teachers to share research project and potential lesson plans

•Fall 2017

◦Three 3-hour evening workshops on engineering design and lesson plan development

◦Share research project and/or lesson plans at an R-STEM professional development program

•Spring 2018

◦Co-lead a Saturday Nano-Academy for 15 students from your school in February

◦Submit your developed lesson plan to (or another reputable peer review venue) in March

◦Attend the RET closing ceremony in April.

Participating Institution(s):
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Rice University (Lead)

Program Materials:
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Academic Disciplines:

Nanostructural Materials

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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