Hopkins teacher to participate in leading-edge science research through Siemens Foundation

Hopkins teacher to participate in leading-edge science research through Siemens Foundation


Hopkins North Junior High science teacher, David Beckman, has been selected to join an elite group of 40 secondary teachers nationwide to participate in the prestigious STARs (Siemens Teachers as Researchers) fellowship program taking place this summer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. Beckman will become part of a team that will advance science and technology and deliver solutions to America's most intractable problems in energy, the environment and national security.

“David Beckman is a powerhouse teacher; his enthusiasm and passion for inspiring students to love science is evident the second you walk in his room,” said Becky Melville, North Junior High principal. “He is relentless in his pursuit of knowledge and instills that in his students, as well.”

The two-week STARs fellowship takes place July 14-26, and is designed to empower teachers to bring the excitement of authentic research into their classrooms and inspire students to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. During the program, Beckman, along with the other educators will work alongside some of the nation's top scientists on short-term projects focused on the most current and innovative scientific research happening today.

In addition to conducting research side-by-side with leading scientists, Beckman and the other STARs participants will also benefit from a number of facility tours and seminars aimed to assist teachers in effectively incorporating research into their science and math classrooms. Each teacher will also receive a grant to purchase equipment and supplies for their classrooms.

STARs was developed by the Siemens Foundation – a division of global powerhouse Siemens Corporation that supports educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Foundation was developed in collaboration with Discovery Education – the global leader in standards-based digital media, professional development, assessment tools and a passionate educator network to support districts in accelerating student achievement – Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the College Board. The program is part of the Siemens STEM Academy, a national professional development community designed to support educators in their efforts to foster student achievement in STEM, and in doing so, help nurture tomorrow's scientists and engineers by inspiring students to pursue these fields of learning. More information at: http://www.siemensstemacademy.com


Source: http://www.hopkinsschools.org/district-news/news/hopkins-teacher-participate-leading-edge-science-research-through-siemens-foundat

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