Stanford University, Center for Probing the Nanoscale (CPN)
Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers (SIMST)
The Center for Probing the Nanoscale (CPN) offers the one-week Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers (SIMST) annually. At the Institute, teachers learn about the physical concepts underlying concept of nanotechnology and nanoscience in simple terms. Daily sessions focus on content lectures and inquiry-based modules that explicitly address California’s 5-8th grade physical science content standards. Teachers will also receive a hands-on activity classroom kit with many fun activities that bring nanoscience into the classroom.
- learn about nanoscience and nanotechnology in simple terms
- develop and receive hands-on activities targeting CA 5-8th grade science content standards
- interact with scientists at Stanford University
- gain hands-on experience in research labs
- receive a $650 stipend and professional development units
Why Middle School?
- Middle school is the beginning of the scientific and engineering pipeline problem
- Performance relative to international norms drops between 4th to 8th grade from above average to average.
- Reported enthusiasm for science drops substantially: 67% of 4th graders interested in science, dropping to 50% in the 8th grade (from the National Center for Education Statistics)
- Broad Impact: One teacher may reach > 100 students per year.
- Deep Impact: teachers profoundly influence their student’s interests.
- Retention: Teachers are the frontline in the effort to maintain high education standards. We hope to help make your job more enjoyable and rewarding.
When: July 18-22, 2011 (Lunch and snacks provided)
Where: McCullough Building, Room 130, Stanford University
Application Deadline: May 1 , 2010
Questions? – contact Tobi Beetz