This August, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Harris Corporation and The Rochester Area Colleges’ Center for Excellence in Math and Science (RAC-CEMS) will offer a hands-on science institute for teachers. Held at the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) at HWS, the science institute is one of nine no-cost intensive learning opportunities offered this summer for K-12 teachers of math, science and related technologies in Allegany, Cayuga, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties. Each institute is led by a faculty member in a summer classroom, lab and/or field experience, followed by ongoing follow-up and support activities that continue throughout the 2010-2011 academic year.
The purpose of the Harris Rochester Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Teaching Institutes is to provide high quality professional development and to establish a regional professional learning community committed to continuous improvement in STEM education.
The institute offered at the FLI is “A Tale of Two Lakes: Scientific Inquiry into Keuka and Seneca Lakes,” and will take place from Aug. 2-5 for teachers in grades six to 12. The FLI is prepared to host 15 middle and high school teachers from school districts in the Finger Lakes region (including the Rochester City School District) for a four-day/three-night workshop focused on aquatic science inquiry. This program will combine content learning as well as scientific inquiry to allow the participants to explore and compare the aquatic environments of Seneca and Keuka Lakes in a program that utilizes the lakes as a laboratory. Faculty and staff of area colleges participating in this institute include Sheila Myers, education outreach coordinator for the Finger Lakes Institute; Dr. Meghan Brown, assistant professor of biology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; and Dr. Tim Sellers, associate professor of biology and environmental studies at Keuka College.
For 2010 Harris Rochester STEM Teaching Institutes course descriptions, or to apply online, go to the Center’s website: www.RACCEMS.org.
About Rochester Area Colleges Center for Excellence in Math and Science
The Rochester Area Colleges Center for Excellence in Math and Science was created in February 2007, and is currently supported by a grant administered by the U.S. Department of Education. The Center is charged with the mission of leveraging the resources of the 19 RAC institutions to increase the quality and quantity of K-16 students pursuing curricula in math and science and related technologies, and to increase the quality and quantity of K-12 teachers of math, science and technology. The Rochester Area Colleges, first organized in 1970, consists of 19 area institutions including 12 private colleges; four, four-year public institutions; and three community colleges.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Fla., the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 15,000 employees – including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing communications products, systems, and services.
About Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
The Finger Lakes Institute is dedicated to the promotion of environmental research and education about the Finger Lakes and surrounding environments. In collaboration with regional environmental partners and state and local government offices, the Institute fosters environmentally-sound development practices throughout the region, and disseminates the accumulated knowledge to the general public.