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Two Workshops for Teachers Planned at Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics & Science in July

Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

Worcester, Mass. -- Two separate summer workshops for middle and high school teachers are planned for July at the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics & Science, located on the WPI campus. Thirty teachers are expected for each workshop.

The first workshop, 2000 PALMS Summer Content Institute, Force and Motion - Using Engineering Problem-Solving Concepts, runs from July 9-15. "It's a week-long immersion workshop," says Pauline Lamarche, principal of the Massachusetts Academy. "Participants will be given rooms in a WPI residence hall and all meals will be supplied through the college dining services." Three graduate credits will be offered for a fee through Worcester State College. WPI facilities and resources will be accessible for project use.

The workshop focuses on engineering problem-solving, a pedagogical approach developed at the Thayer School of Engineering and used successfully to teach Dartmouth students about engineering design. The cooperative learning practices used provide first-hand experience useful in teaching students to work together productively as a team while integrating various disciplines.

The core content presented at the institute will address the Massachusetts Department of Education's Science & Technology Frameworks, specifically Strand 2: Domains of Science, Physical Science: Force and Motion.

The second workshop, Project Inquiry Summer Workshop 2000, will take place from July 17-21. It also is an intensive five-day residential workshop providing middle and high school teachers with the framework and hands-on experience for development of student research projects. The workshop is made possible by EMC Corp. and Massachusetts State Science Fair Inc.