LIVERMORE, California – Registration is now open for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) 2015 Teacher Research Academy (TRA). The TRA offers middle and high school science teachers and community college faculty a professional development curriculum during the summer months at the Edward Teller Education Center at LLNL. Teachers are given the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge scientific research conducted at the Laboratory and experience the application of real-world science in an environment teachers seldom experience.
The academy model allows teachers to progress through four 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 exciting scientific disciplines such as biotechnology, computational modeling, fusion and astrophysics, technical writing and 3D printing and design.
The TRA will be held in June and July. Here is the complete schedule of academies and workshops:
Biotechnology Research Academy
- June 15-17: Biotechnology Research Academy - Level I
- June 22-26: Biotechnology Research Academy - Level II
- July 6-10: Biotechnology Research Academy - Level III
Computational Modeling Academy
- June 15-19: Computational Modeling Academy - Level I
- June 22-26: Computational Modeling Academy - Level II
- July 27-31: Computational Modeling Academy - Level III
Fusion & Astrophysics Research Academy
- July 6-8: Fusion and Astrophysics Research Academy - Level I
- July 13-17: Fusion and Astrophysics Research Academy - Level II
- July 6-8: Fusion and Astrophysics Research Academy - Level III
- June 18-19: Technical Writing for Science Class
- July 13-15: 3D Print & Design
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 being performed in a lab and will learn technical writing skills to better communicate scientific information.
U.S. Citizenship is required to participate in the TRA. Register online. There is a $20 registration fee per workshop.
Questions may be directed to Joanna Albala, LLNL education outreach program manager, (925) 422-6803, or albala1 [at] llnl.gov (e-mail).