Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Apply NOW for Summer Research Program for STEM Teachers at VT Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing

Virginia Tech’s Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing (http://www.cibm.ise.vt.edu) is hosting a summer research program for middle and high school STEM teachers that is sponsored by the National Science
Foundation. In this 5-week program (June 24 – July 26, 2013), teachers will work alongside faculty and students in Virginia Tech laboratories to explore cutting-edge topics in advanced manufacturing such as 3D Printing, robotic assembly, metal casting, and bio-manufacturing. In addition to research projects, participants will engage in weekly professional development activities to assist them in creating SOL-relevant curriculum that uses manufacturing as a context for teaching fundamental STEM concepts.

Participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, continuing education credit, allowances for meals and travel (and housing if need), and a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer for their classroom. Middle and high school teachers of science, technology, engineering, and math are encouraged to apply. No prior research experience is required. This is a great opportunity to see how the STEM principles you teach in the classroom are applied in university research and in the manufacturing industry.

Please see the “Research Experience for Teachers: Innovation-based Manufacturing” program website for more details on the program, stipend, and sample projects: http://www.cibm.ise.vt.edu/RET

Please complete the online application (https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1362454571615) by April 22, 2013.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by May 3, 2013.

Please direct questions to Dr. Chris Williams: cbwilliams@vt.edu

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