to Translate Research into the Classroom
The NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers: Translating NIST Research into Activities for the Middle School Classroom; by Mary Satterfield, NIST and Susan Heller-Zeisler, NIST
NIST selected middle schools as an area of interest because we noticed that many middle school teachers are asked to teach science topics in ever-changing and expanding fields. Our program introduces teachable ideas in line with school curricula, with lessons that can be immediately implemented.
Benefits from this program include:
- engaging scientists who have a genuine interest in sharing their knowledge with middle school teachers;
- increasing teachers enthusiasm for and confidence in the latest science findings;
- building pre-teen student interest in and excitement about math and science, laying the groundwork for the development of the skilled workforce of the future.