Iowa NSF EPSCoR, in conjunction with the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) and Iowa State University, will host a Summer Academy for Middle School Teachers July 8-26. Thirteen teachers have been accepted to participate in the 2013 Summer Academy.
The Academy offers middle school science teachers the opportunity to participate in a three-week professional development workshop to study the methods of biomass utilization to produce biorenewable products, including biofuels and bio-materials. No prior knowledge in this area is necessary to be accepted into this program. Teachers will be introduced to cutting-edge research underway at ISU to address the global challenges facing society’s dependence on finite sources of fossil based energy. The Summer Academy will include STEM curricula associated with this topic and applicable to the Iowa Core Curriculum and middle school science standards and benchmarks. The three weeks will include presentations by ISU faculty and staff, hands-on lab activities, and field trips to Iowa’s biorenewables-related research facilities and bio-based industries. Teachers will collaborate and develop classroom material to present to their students about biorenewables and associated careers. The program will be facilitated by Eric Hall, Hoover High School Des Moines.
For more information, see this CBiRC webpage.