CEE and KBR Host Dinner Event to Strengthen Science Teaching

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Maureen Palmer, Public Affairs Manager
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CEE and KBR Host Two Dinner Events to Strengthen Science Teaching

McLean, VA – March 19, 2013 – The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) and KBR will host a Bite of Science dinner event for high school teachers at Brandeis High School located at 13011 Kyle Seale Parkway in San Antonio, Texas. The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 21, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Science teachers who wish to broaden their perspective of science in their classroom are invited to participate.

The mission of the Teacher Enrichment Program is to assure a future talented and diverse U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  The program focuses on best practices and resources, as well as exposure to the breadth and depth of scientific discovery often not available to rural and urban high school teachers and their students.  The Bite of Science professional development session for teachers is estimated to impact at least 3,425 San Antonio, Texas students in 2013.

The Teacher Enrichment Program provides content and information for teachers to engage students to pursue careers in science and technology.  Bite of Science is one of six components offered by the Teacher Enrichment Program.

The components of the Teacher Enrichment Program are as follows:

Bite of Science
This opportunity brings together 25 teachers with two leading scientists and/or engineers. Teachers have the opportunity to interact with researchers from industry, academia, and government.

Lab Bench
Interactive website for exclusive use by Bite of Science attendees.  Includes Bite of Science presentation material and videos, additional STEM resources, targeted content from the Clearinghouse, laboratory activities, and resources for students.

The Clearinghouse is an online compendium of science resources within targeted states. Teachers can access more than 1,100 content rich STEM sites gathered for Life Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering classes at the secondary school level. The Clearinghouse is available cost free to any teacher and all content listed is free to access and use in the classroom.

CEE Blog
The CEE Blog serves to encourage discussion about education issues among STEM stakeholders in the global community. U.S. and international scientists contribute content and abstracts to the blog.

Teacher Roundtables
These events are hosted by CEE for science teachers to discuss critical science and laboratory education. These meetings serve to share ideas among teachers, including resources and classroom pedagogy.

Public/Private Partnerships
CEE works with companies to create and strengthen public / private partnerships to better serve urban and rural STEM teachers and their students.  Among partners are KBR, Exxon Mobil, Capital One, Gen-Probe, Micron, and Microsoft to name a few.

“In a period of fiscal difficulty for many school systems, events like the Bite of Science offer high-quality professional development to teachers, at no cost to the teachers or to the school system.  Teachers are given the opportunity to interact with cutting-edge scientists and engineers, grow in their discipline, and network with their peers. This is an extremely cost-effective way to impact classroom learning and teaching methods.  As a member of the CEE Board of Directors, I have witnessed the results first hand,” said Cynthia Pickett-Stevenson, Esquire, Counsel to Doyle, Restrepo, Harvin & Robbins, LLP.

CEE’s Bite of Science events will feature:

Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • Gloria Gutierrez, M.D., Principal Scientist, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division, Southwest Research Institute
  • Lyle F. Baie, Ph.D., Geologist, South Texas Geological Society

The goals of the Teacher Enrichment Program are to:

  • Provide teachers with enhanced professional development
  • Furnish the opportunity for teachers to ask questions and to interact directly with scientists and engineers
  • Foster excitement in teachers to create an interest for students to pursue STEM careers
  • Allow teachers the opportunity to network with their peers

Contact , Ph.D., Director of the Teacher Enrichment Program, to attend the cost-free event offered by CEE.


About the Center for Excellence in Education
The Center for Excellence in Education was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. The Center's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage collaboration between and among leaders in the global community. CEE sponsors the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP).  For more information about the Center and its programs, visit CEE’s Web site, www.cee.org

Sources: , Ph.D., 703-448-9062

Related websites:
Center for Excellence in Education: http://www.cee.org/
Teacher Enrichment Program: http://www.cee.org/teacher-enrichment-program-tep
Research Science Institute: http://www.cee.org/research-science-institute
USA Biology Olympiad: http://www.cee.org/usa-biology-olympiad-usabo




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