The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers is a two-week workshop for middle school science teachers featuring hands-on activities, lectures, tours, and visits with NIST scientists and engineers in their laboratories.
Teachers who participate in the NIST Summer Institute gain:
•Increased understanding of the subjects they teach
•Increased understanding of how scientific research is performed
•Materials and resources to implement what they learned at NIST in their classrooms
•Increased enthusiasm for science
•A network of scientists and engineers at NIST with whom to consult
Teachers finish the NIST Summer Institute with a wealth of new knowledge about core topics such as forensics and materials science, and materials to integrate these topics into their classroom while meeting curriculum standards.
The NIST Research Experience for Teachers is a follow-on program that provides two local middle school science teachers with six weeks of real-world research experience at NIST. Completion of the NIST Summer Institute is a prerequisite for participating in the Research Experience for Teachers.