2015 NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers


The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently announced they are accepting applications for a grant program for middle school science teachers. This program underscores the importance of educating our teachers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). President Obama has set a priority of increasing the number of teachers who are proficient in these vital fields. Specifically, he has called on the nation to develop, recruit, and retain 100,000 excellent STEM teachers over the next ten years. 

The NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers program is a two-week workshop at NIST's Gaithersburg, Md., campus, combining lectures, tours and hands-on activities that educators can recreate in their own classrooms. The program aims to increase teachers' understanding of the subjects they teach, provide materials and resources to implement what they have learned at NIST in the classroom, enhance their enthusiasm for science, increase teachers' understanding of how scientific research is carried out, and provide them with the opportunity to develop an ongoing network of scientists and engineers at NIST who will be available for consultation even after the NIST Summer Institute program has ended. 

The program is open to public school districts or accredited private educational institutes in the United States and/or its territories that offer general science classes at grade levels 6-8 are eligible to nominate teachers to participate. In both cases, teachers apply through their schools or school districts rather than individually. Applications must be received by March 13, 2015. Full details of the program, rules and the application process are available at grants.gov under funding opportunity 2015-NIST-SUMMER-INSTITUTE-01, or visit http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=270552

More information on NIST’s STEM education activities can be found http://www.nist.gov/iaao/stem.cfm.