NIST Summer Institute teachers make “elephant toothpaste” during an experiment they can use to teach their students about chemical reactions. In this experiment, hydrogen peroxide serves as the oxidizing agent and decomposes into water and oxygen.
The NIST Summer Institute is a two-week workshop for middle school science teachers. As a participant, you’ll gain new knowledge of science, a network of NIST researchers to consult with, and materials you can implement in your curriculum.
We offer an in-person option in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Deadline to apply - March 31, 2024
NIST Summer Institute includes:
Visits with NIST scientists and engineers in the lab
To participate in this program, you must be:
A middle school science (earth science, physical science, chemistry, physics, and/or biology) teacher in a public school or accredited private school in the U.S. or its territories
A U.S. citizen
Available for two full weeks (10 workdays, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time, July 8-19, 2024).
Planning to continue teaching middle school science next school year
Able to be paid through direct deposit
What You’ll Get
The opportunity to engage with our scientists
Increased knowledge about the latest scientific findings
Tips on building pre-teen excitement for math and science
A $2,500 stipend and a $2,500 travel and housing allowance (in-person participants only)
Learn more about
how we developed this program. Application Process
The program will run from July 8-19, 2024.
The deadline to apply for summer 2024 is March 31, 2024.
Complete your application on USAJobs and respond to all questions.
Upload your resume in USAJobs and a reference letter written on school letterhead, signed by your principal, that states:
That you are a middle school science teacher at that school
That you are scheduled to teach middle school next school year
Stories from our Participants
summerin [at] nist.gov (summerin[at]nist[dot]gov)