High School Teachers Attend Summer Program To Build Lesson Plans in Neurotechnology

Achievement date: 
2018
Outcome/accomplishment: 

The Center for Neurotechnology (CNT), an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) at the University of Washington (UW), partnered with middle and high school teachers to disseminate its work through STEM education. CNT is utilizing the NSF’s Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program to foster multi-year partnerships where past participants return to teach and mentor newcomers.

Impact/benefits: 

CNT is investing in educational infrastructure to cultivate the next generation of researchers in neurotechnology and artificial intelligence. The Center has established and continues to build a community of teachers and university faculty who work closely together to develop secondary school lesson plans in neural engineering and traumatic brain injury.

Explanation/Background: 

The ever-changing landscape of education in the United States has placed increased pressure on middle and high school teachers to include innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) material in their curricula. The unique combination of ERCs and the RET program naturally address this need by including schoolteachers in innovative engineering research.

CNT’s program hosts a small groups of middle and high school teachers at UW for seven weeks each summer. It is a full-time commitment where participants attend program meetings, lectures, seminars, focus groups, and workshops. In addition to neurotechnology, the program offers courses in ethics, communications, and lab safety.