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June 13, 2008
NR-08-06-06

Teachers study cutting-edge science at summer research academy

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in partnership with University of California Davis School of Education, will offer workshops and research internships for middle and high school science teachers this summer.  The workshops will be held in Livermore, Sacramento and Davis and will give teachers the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge scientific research conducted at the Laboratory.

The teachers will use what they learn to excite and motivate their students in pursuing careers in science.

Teachers
Teachers discuss a DNA lesson during
a biotechnology workshop at
2007's Teacher Research Academy.

The workshops are part of the Teacher Research Academy developed by the Edward Teller Education Center, a collaboration between LLNL and UC Davis. The academy takes a unique four-step approach to introduce teachers to cutting-edge science. Each step, or level, builds upon the knowledge and skills developed in the previous step. The fourth and final level is a capstone six-week internship in a research laboratory at LLNL.

This summer 15 teachers are participating in these mentored research internships and are being hosted by scientists at Department of Energy (DOE) labs including Sandia National Laboratories, LLNL and the Joint Genome Institute. The model allows teachers to advance from novice to mastery, making the program suitable for beginning and experienced teachers.

“The intention of the program is to provide teachers with access to the scientific community and for teachers to learn how to bring the real world of scientific research into the classroom,” said Carey Kopay, executive director of the Edward Teller Education Center. “The program also offers flexibility and can be tailored to the needs of individual teachers. Teachers can select a scientific theme that interests them, and then select the level(s) at which they’ll participate.”

The program currently offers workshops in biotechnology, biophotonics, fusion and astrophysics, and energy and environmental technologies. The workshops consist of hands-on activities and experience using advanced scientific equipment, rather than a textbook emphasis.

“Our program provides teachers with the tools they need to excite students and generate an interest in science,” Kopay said. “The workshops also have an effect of re-energizing and re-connecting teachers to the world of science and discovery.”

Workshops will be held June 18-July 18 at four locations: the Center of Biophotonics Science and Technology (CBST) in Sacramento; Cal State, Stanislaus; UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento; and LLNL. Workshop themes, dates and locations are as follows:

Biotechnology/Level-1
Biotechnology/Level-1
Biotechnology/Level-2
Biotechnology/Level-2
Biotechnology/Level-3
Biotechnology/Level-4
 
June 18-20
June 24-26
June 23-27
July 7-11
July 14-18
June 23
 
     CSU Stanislaus
LLNL
UC Davis (Bioinformatics Research Academy)
LLNL
LLNL
LLNL
 
Biophotonics Level-1
Biophotonics Level-2
 
June 23-25
July 7-11
 
     Sacramento, CBST
Sacramento, CBST
 
Fusion/Astrophysics Level-1
Fusion/Astrophysics Level-2
Fusion/Astrophysics Level-3
Fusion/Astrophysics Level-4
 
June 24-26
July 7-11
July 14-18
June 23
 
     LLNL
LLNL
LLNL
LLNL
 
Energy Technologies Level-1
Energy Technologies Level-2
Energy Technologies Level-3
June 24-26
July 7-11
July 14-18
     LLNL
LLNL
LLNL

All workshops require registration and are open to teachers only. A $15 registration fee applies. More information is available at http://etec.ucdavis.edu.  Participants who register for the Teacher Research Academies can now earn graduate course credit through Cal State East Bay that will count toward the master's of science in education, option in curriculum. Learn more about this program at http://etec.ucdavis.edu/masters/

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a national security laboratory, with a mission to ensure national security and apply science and technology to the important issues of our time. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.


Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a national security laboratory that develops science and engineering technology and provides innovative solutions to our nation's most important challenges. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.