Teacher Roundtable Professional Enrichment Session in Roanoke

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The Center for Excellence in Education, Lockheed Martin Corporation, VanMetre Companies, Vulcan Materials, and Claude Moore Charitable, MeadWestvaco, and Micron Foundations Sponsor Teacher Training Program

Teacher Roundtable Event in Roanoke to Strengthen Science Teaching and STEM Career Awareness

McLean, VA – May 3, 2016 – The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE), Lockheed Martin Corporation, VanMetre Companies, Vulcan Materials, and the Claude Moore Charitable, MeadWestvaco, and Micron Foundations will sponsor a STEM Teacher Roundtable professional enrichment event, cost-free, for middle and high school teachers on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 in Roanoke, VA. This Teacher Roundtable, hosted by Virginia Western Community College, will be held in the Natural Science Center, Room N101, located at 3094 Colonial Ave, in Roanoke. The Roundtable will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for STEM teachers who wish to broaden their perspective of science in their classroom and excite their students towards STEM careers and opportunities.

The mission of the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP) is to assure a future talented and diverse U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). TEP provides rural and urban underserved middle and high school teachers the opportunity to connect with experts from industry and academia to explore cutting-edge research and make meaningful professional links with direct benefits for their students.

STEM Teacher Roundtables are forums to connect industry and academic representatives with teachers to create awareness of STEM career fields, the job skills required for the 21st century STEM worker, and opportunities for their students to explore STEM subjects and career paths. Professional development opportunities for teachers to further their STEM content knowledge are also discussed.

“TEP STEM Teacher Roundtables have been well-received in California, Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. They have provided a unique opportunity for teachers to connect with local companies, organizations, and universities to broaden their perspective of science and engineering in the classroom and learn about the wide variety of STEM careers and opportunities available to their students,” says Natasha Schuh-Nuhfer, Ph.D., Director of TEP.

“Being involved in the TEP Teacher Roundtable was an experience I truly cherish,” said Teacher Roundtable presenter, Rebecca Wood, Forensic Investigator at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Washington, D.C. “It allowed me to connect with other educators in the STEM fields and learn from them more useful ways for the professional community to be involved with our next generation, the students.”

CEE's STEM Teacher Roundtable in Roanoke, Virginia will feature:

  • Whitney Butts, Senior Research Engineer, Secure Computing and Communications Division, MacAulay-Brown, Inc.
  • Erik Fox, Vice President and General Manager, Night Vision and Communications Solutions, Harris Corporation
  • Aaron Goldstein, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • Yvonne Campbell, STEM Program Advisor, Virginia Western Community College

The goals of the Teacher Enrichment Program are to:

  • Provide teachers with professional enrichment opportunities
  • Furnish the opportunity for teachers to ask questions and to interact directly with scientists and engineers
  • Foster excitement in teachers to create an interest in students for STEM fields through engagement with STEM professionals in and outside of the classroom
  • Inform teachers so they have a better understanding of research and development
  • Create awareness of the skills and knowledge needed for the 21st Century STEM worker
  • Allow teachers the opportunity to network with their peers

Contact , Director of the Teacher Enrichment Program, or , Communications Manager, to learn more about 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

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Related websites:
Center for Excellence in Education: http://www.cee.org/
Teacher Enrichment Program: http://www.cee.org/teacher-enrichment-program
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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