Research Experiences for STEM Educators and Teachers (RESET) provides educators with summer research experience at participating Army Laboratories. The goal of this enriching program is to reinforce teachers’ content knowledge through research experience and interactions with Army and Department of Defense scientists and engineers. Selected teachers will participate in on-line learning as a cohort, with a subset of the cohort selected to conduct research on-site with a mentor Army scientist or engineer. At the completion of the program, teachers will be able to translate this knowledge and experience into enhanced science, technology, engineering and math research curricula and enriched learning for their students.
Experiential Learning in Research
Teacher applicants will be selected for participation in the RESET project at two levels, Level I and Level II. Level I and Level II cohort members will complete two on-line experiential learning modules that equate to two weeks of paid effort (stipend provided). The two on-line modules are Introduction to Research and Taking Research to the Classroom. The first module, Introduction to Research, equivalent to one week of work, will be delivered and completed over a four-week span in April through an on-line portal. The second module, Taking Research to the Classroom, also equivalent to one week of work completed over a four week span, will be delivered and completed in August by the Level I and Level II cohort members.
The Level II cohort members will experience the Level I cohort work PLUS four weeks of paid on-site research time working with research mentors at participating Army laboratories (stipend provided with travel support). The four weeks of on-site research time for the Level II participants will be in addition to the Level I on-line experiential learning detailed in the paragraph above. Throughout their research time in the participating Army laboratories, the Level II participants will be in contact with the remaining Level I participants to share the outcomes of their research on a weekly basis.
During August, the Level I and Level II cohort members will complete the second on-line learning module, Taking Research to the Classroom. The Level II members will be working with the Level I members in teams of two to three to create standards-aligned Legacy Cycle project-based learning modules to take their research back into the classroom for use with students. The Legacy Cycle modules will be required to align with grade level standards in math, science, English Language Arts (ELA), and social studies as appropriate for the particular research outcomes that the teachers choose to highlight. Teachers in the cohort will be participating from across the nation, thus, it is expected that these teachers will be aligning these Legacy Cycle modules (lessons and units) with their particular state standards. The RESET staff will assist the cohort members in mapping the indicated state’s standards with Common Core Math and ELA standards, as well as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
RESET Program Timeline for STEM educators:
November: Teacher application period opens
April 14: Teacher application period closes
April 21: Selected teachers notified of Level I and Level II cohort status
April 25: Cohort work begins as Level I and Level II cohort members participate in on-line Module 1
June and July: Level II cohort members participate in on-site research (dates vary by site location)
August: Level I and Level II cohort members participate in on-line Module 2, Cohort completed
Email RESET@usaeop.com with comments or questions.
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