Many teachers look forward to summer vacation just as much as students.
A group of teachers from the Great Lakes Bay Region however, are looking forward to more learning.
Fifteen math and science teachers will travel to Saginaw Valley State University for summer workshops focused on STEM subjects. That’s science, technology, engineering and math.
Stephanie Brouet is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at SVSU. She helped coordinate the program to address the issue of improving STEM education in schools.
“It was decided that working with teachers, since they have such an impact on a large segment of the population, could be a really good way to address these issues. So what we’re doing is bringing the teachers in for two one week sessions this summer.” She said, “There seems to be a need to kind of address some of the attitudes toward STEM and science in the area, which could lead to people appreciating science a little bit more and being able to have a more enriched educational experience.”
Brouet said the first session will give teachers more insight into the nature of science and create a network of teachers, local scientists and SVSU faculty.
In the second session the teachers will design a classroom project that they’ll implement in the upcoming school year.