Program Details

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About

The Texas A&M University College of Engineering and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) are offering Texas secondary mathematics, science and career and technical education (CTE) teachers (base criteria is algebra or IPC teacher) a two-and-a-half (2.5) week summer residential engineering research experience on the Texas A&M University College Station campus.

By offering opportunities to participate in engineering research, the E3 program provides secondary math, science and CTE teachers the ability to introduce engineering concepts to their students, increase student awareness of engineering and encourage students to consider an engineering career.

The overall mission of the E3 program is to excite, empower and educate teachers about engineering so they in turn will excite, empower and educate students and other teachers they come in contact with each day.

Goals

The goals of the E3 Teacher Summer Research Program are to:

  • offer teachers experiences with the latest in engineering research;
  • offer an experience that integrates math and the sciences with engineering;
  • enhance laboratory skills and techniques;
  • reinforce educational research in inquiry, learning styles and diversity; and
  • excite secondary teachers and students about careers in engineering to support the study of math, science and CTE.

These goals will be achieved through four major components:

  • matching the school teacher with a faculty/researcher in engineering;
  • a daily discussion time with educational specialists and master teacher(s) to help in the transfer of engineering research into math, science and CTE classroom projects;
  • science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career awareness through discussions and field trip(s); and
  • training other teachers on the engineering classroom project developed while at Texas A&M University.

Eligibility

  • Secondary math, science or CTE teacher in Texas
  • Actively involved in outside professional development activities
  • Personal statement - ability to demonstrate how your participation will enhance the goals of the E3 program
  • Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Completed recommendation form by applicant’s principal or department head

Requirements to Participation

  • Ability to complete homework throughout the program to help the teacher transfer their research experience back to their classroom with the end result of creating an engineering project/lesson plan
  • Following the program and implementation of the engineering project in the classroom, the teacher must EITHER train two other teachers in related positions (trainees) within their school/district on the lesson OR present the lesson plan at a STEM conference.

Academic Year Follow Up Support

  • Invitations to bring students back to Texas A&M University
  • Evaluation of the success of classroom incorporation of learning objectives
  • Free registration and hotel for the STEM 4 Innovation Conference for K-12 Education the following year

Benefits to Participation

  • Summer stipend of $2,000 for 2.5 week onsite/residential participation*
  • Additional $1,000 stipend for follow-up activities during academic year*
  • $600 budget provided for classroom implementation supplies*
  • $400 budget provided for each of the two trainees from the teacher’s school/district for classroom implementation supplies OR $800 reimbursement for use in covering the costs associated with attending and presenting at a STEM conference.*
  • Build laboratory skills through a research experience in an engineering research laboratory
  • Visit engineering companies and visit with engineers to learn about career options for students
  • Build lesson plans with engineering applications to take back to the classroom
  • Learn real world applications of science and mathematics
  • Professional development credit
  • Onsite housing provided in a Texas A&M University dormitory with each participant in a private room

* For in-service teachers only.

Results from Past Programs/Participants

  • All 150+ teachers reported that the program changed their impression of what engineers do
  • Most reported that what engineers did was far more interesting than what they had originally thought
  • At program conclusion, virtually all participants felt better able to promote the field of engineering to their students
  • Numerous teachers have developed “awareness of careers in science and engineering” programs for students in their schools
  • Immediately after the program, the majority of the teachers believed the program would make a difference in their teaching