Stevens to host two-day Energy & Engineering Institute for middle school teachers

9/20/2010

HOBOKEN, N.J. – Stevens Institute of Technology will host a two-day training program August 9 and 10 to bolster teachers’ understanding of energy and provide them with hands-on classroom activities to engage the next generation of scientists, engineers and energy consumers. The program will be conducted by the Center for Innovation in Engineering & Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens. 
               
Energy production and consumption and the impact those activities have on the environment are among the most critical long-term issues facing the United States at the beginning of the 21st century. Over the two-day program, 20 middle school science and technology education teachers will explore the key scientific and technological concepts needed to understand energy.

“Research shows that as many as 93% of U.S. public school students in Grades 5 – 8 are taught physical science by teachers who are under-prepared in this discipline,” said Beth McGrath, director of CIESE. “This program will help to strengthen teachers’ content knowledge and expose them to research-based instructional resources that will help elucidate physical science concepts with their students.”
               
The first day of the program will include structured discussions and small-group, hands-on laboratory activities to build understanding of and confidence in teaching energy topics. On the second day, putting their understanding into practice, the teachers will construct a working wind turbine generator and receive a resource binder of lesson plans, presentations and other classroom activities suitable for teaching energy at the middle school level.

 “Many of today’s middle school students will be tomorrow’s “green jobs” candidates, and incorporating energy and environmental awareness into the teaching of physical science is essential for preparing our future workforce,” said Shauwea Hamilton Resare, Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability, PSE&G.

PSE&G’s sponsorship of the program includes supporting the cost of tuition for the program, as well as a completion stipend for teachers who implement the materials in their classroom. Teachers will also receive professional development credit and classroom coaching and support as part of this program.

Additional information may be found at: http://www.stevens.edu/ciese//pseg/.

Below is a list of participating schools and districts:
Burlington City Junior School                                         Burlington City, NJ
Hammarskjold Middle School                                       East Brunswick, NJ
Hammarskjold Middle School                                       East Brunswick, NJ
Elmora School #12                                                         Elizabeth, NJ
Albert Einstein School #29                                               Elizabeth, NJ
Glen Rock Middle School                                               Glen Rock, NJ
Walter O. Krumbiegel Middle School                                  Hillside, NJ
Middle School #7                                                          Jersey City, NJ
Academy I                                                                   Jersey City, NJ
Heritage Middle School                                                   Livingston, NJ
Glenfield Middle School                                                  Montclair, NJ
Dayton Street School                                                       Newark, NJ
Dayton Street School                                                       Newark, NJ
Linwood Middle School                                               North Brunswick, NJ
Helen Fort Middle School                                               Pemberton, NJ
Conackamack Middle School                                          Piscataway, NJ
Park Middle School                                                     Scotch Plains, NJ
Macopin Middle School                                                West Milford, NJ
Liberty Middle School                                                  West Orange, NJ

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Founded in 1870 and celebrating 140 Years of Innovation, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University TM , lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research.  The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.

Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,200 undergraduate and 3,700 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world.  Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/press.