The Dwight Look College of Engineering and College of Science at Texas A&M University hosted more than 100 high school Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teachers from across Texas for the sixth annual Teacher Summit in January.
The purpose of Teacher Summit is to increase awareness of STEM in high schools; provide high school teachers with materials that can be implemented in their high school curriculum; educate high school teachers, counselors and administrators about how to best prepare their students for success in engineering and science at Texas A&M; and provide participants opportunities to interact with Texas A&M faculty, staff and students involved in STEM outreach programs.
The daylong conference gave each participant the opportunity to experience hands-on workshops, including sessions about plastics for the body, integrating STEM through engineering design challenges, optics and DNA comparisons.
Christina Tribble, a ninth and twelfth grade biology teacher from Haltom High School in Haltom City and a first-time attendee to Teacher Summit, said it was just what she and other teachers needed to bring new ideas back to the classroom. “This has been a great experience to reinvigorate teachers and remind us that learning can be really creative and interesting for our students. I feel reenergized after this experience.”
Participants of the Teacher Summit also visited resources tables from a variety of vendors and Texas A&M colleges, who provided information on programs of interest to high schools. The Summit concluded with two student presentations given by mechanical engineering student, Tadeo “Teddy” Huerto and physics and math major, Robert Bordovsky. The students gave an honest look at their transition from high school to college, their experiences at Texas A&M and the importance of high school teachers who helped them in pursuing a STEM major.
Participating teachers received eight hours of continuing education credit for attending the conference. The Teacher Summit was offered at no cost to the teachers though the generous donations of the Nuclear Power Institute, ConocoPhillips, Subsea Tieback Foundation, Chevron Phillips and the support of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station.
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Senior Director of Development
Dwight Look College of Engineering
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