NSF Research Experiences for Teachers
Inquiry-based Bioengineering Research and Design Experiences for Middle-School Teachers
Terri Camesano and Kristen Billiar, co-PIs
For this program, WPI recruited a total of 20 middle-school science teachers (~7 per year) primarily from Worcester Public Schools to participate in a 6-week long intensive summer research experience in the Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park, a newly constructed facility that houses all of WPI's research facilities in bioengineering. Teachers worked alongside faculty and graduate students, participating in high-level research projects in fields such as tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and infection control on biomaterials. The long-term goals of WPI's RET in Engineering Site program were to motivate and improve middle school student-learning in engineering and establish a collaborative partnership between the Worcester middle-school teachers and WPI engineering faculty through inquiry-based experiences in bioengineering.
For information on teacher's role and time commitment go to Role of Teacher and Time Commitment.
Faculty & Research
For information on participating faculty members and research areas go to Faculty Mentors and Research Areas.
Middle-school science or mathematics teachers with an interest in biomedical engineering and inquiry-based learning techniques.
For information on pay, graduate credits, professional development, etc. go to Logistics and Benefits.
The exact dates are June 19, 2013 to July 31, 2013. The program will begin approximately a week after the Worcester Public School System’s last day of class.
The time commitment was 6-weeks, 40hr per week, flexible hours, plus 2 follow-up workshops during the following school year.
Life Science and Bioengineering Center at Gateway ParkWorcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcester, MA
Questions Please contact Prof. Camesano at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may call Ms. Felicia Vidito at +1-508-831-5250.