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Science teachers do summer research

The Siemens Foundation completed the first annual Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) program and the Siemens STEM Institute.
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The Siemens Foundation, along with Discovery Education, Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the College Board, completed the first annual Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) program and the Siemens STEM Institute.

Last month, 20 middle and high school educators from across the country participated in the STARs program. Teachers spent two weeks at the U.S Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., working with some of the nation's top scientists to conduct research on topics such as renewable resources, energy efficiency, superconductivity, and material sciences. In addition, each teacher received a $500 mini-grant to purchase equipment and supplies for his or her classroom.

The Siemens STEM Institute, a week-long professional development experience hosted by Discovery Education, took place from August 1st to August 6th. During this time, 50 teachers worked with government officials, leading scientists, and esteemed educational thought leaders whose work across STEM disciplines shapes and defines today's education landscape. Teachers engaged in discussions and workshops around key topics such as using technology and social media in the classroom to improve student achievement.



Applications Open for STEM PD Opportunity

The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education, along withtheir partner Oak Ridge Associated Universities, are acceptingapplications for the 2014 Siemens Teachers as Researchers(STARs) and Siemens STEM Institute programs.

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The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, the National Science Teachers Association, and the College Board today named the 24 middle school and 24 high school state finalists in the third annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.