Five BISD teachers were chosen from across the country to be a part of Dow Chemical-CH2M’s
Smithsonian Teacher Scholar Program this summer. Kaitlin Eighme, Trichina Holland, Jennifer Janis, and Megan Land were first time participants and Danielle McDonald went for a second year in a row. The BISD group were part of a total of 34 teachers who attended one of the three six-day programs designed to help teachers develop skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
The program is part of the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers (SSEATS), a series of annual week-long professional development academies for teachers held by the Smithsonian Science Education Center in Washington D.C.
“This experience affords teachers the opportunity to engage in authentic STEM experiences by working directly with scientists and going behind the scenes at our Smithsonian museums and research centers,” said Smithsonian Science Education Center Director Carol O’Donnell. “Following the program, these five educators will receive continued support from other teacher-participants in their area and the Dow STEM Ambassador program and CH2M employee volunteers. According to information from Dow, "STEM Ambassadors support teachers and inspire students by providing real life examples to make challenging concepts easier to understand, while incorporating a strong focus on sharing exciting opportunities available through pursuing STEM careers."
Dow Chemical has sponsored the Smithsonian program since 2007 and CH2M became a partner sponsor this year. Since 2007, more than 240 teachers have been involved in the summer academies.
Congratulations to Kaitlin, Trichina, Jennifer, Megan, and Danielle!