Teachers hone skills in Texas A&M Engineering labs
While most teachers are enjoying their summers out of the classroom, eight Texas teachers are sharpening their skills this summer by working with Texas A&M Engineering faculty under the E3 program. E3-Enrichment Experiences in Engineering-is a summer research program organized by Texas A&M Engineering for high school math and science teachers and pre-service teachers as part of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Teachers program. Between June 8 and July 2, eight teachers will attend seminars, go on field trips, and participate in research under the guidance of faculty members from the Dwight Look College of Engineering and researchers from the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). Through discussions, the teachers will attempt to translate their research experiences into classroom lesson plans that include engineering applications. "We encourage the teachers to develop engineering projects for their classes that are open-ended problem-solving scenarios. These projects are great because they encourage the students to think for themselves," says Dr. Cheryl Page, an assistant research scientist at TEES who is helping organize E3. E3 is hosted by the Dwight Look College of Engineering and TEES, and funded by the National Science Foundation.