LIVERMORE, California – Registration is open for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) 2017 Teacher Research Academy (TRA). The TRA offers middle- and high-school science teachers and community college faculty professional development curriculum during the summer at the Edward Teller Education Center at LLNL. Teachers learn about cutting-edge scientific research conducted at the Laboratory and experience the application of real-world science in an environment they seldom experience.
The academy model allows teachers to progress through varying levels of instruction, with each level building on the knowledge and experience of the preceding level. Participants engage in a continuum of standards-based instruction in line with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, enabling them to progress from novice to mastery in scientific disciplines such as biotechnology, computational modeling, 3D print and design, fusion and astrophysics and technical writing.
Participating teachers will experience the nature of science through direct involvement and use of science equipment, processes and practices found in research labs. They will meet LLNL scientists, visit research laboratories, observe science performed in a lab and will learn technical writing skills to better communicate scientific information.
The TRAs will be held in June and July. Here is the complete schedule of academies and workshops:
- Level I: June 19-21
- Level II: June 26-June 30
- Level I: July 10-14
- Level II: July 17-21
- Level I: June 19-21
- Level II: June 26-30
- Level I: July 5-7
- Level II: July 10-14
- June 22-23
Teacher research internships also are available from June 12 through Aug. 4. Selected applicants receive a $4,000 stipend at the completion of the eight-week internship.
U.S. citizenship is required to participate in the TRA. Register online. There is a $25 registration fee per workshop.
The TRAs are sponsored by LLNL's University Relations and Science Education Program. Visit the LLNL Science Education Program website for more information about the TRAs and other educational outreach programs.
For more information, contact Joanna Albala, LLNL Education Program manager, at (925) 422-6803 or albala1 [at] llnl.gov (e-mail).