Returning and Former RET Participants Have Regional, National Impact

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Two former participants in a mentoring program described at regional and national conferences the programs they developed after participating in the teacher-education effort offered by the Center for Neurotechnology (CNT), an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) based at the University of Washington.


That teacher participants are invited to prestigious conferences to present curriculum they developed in the mentoring effort illustrates the reach of the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program. Not only do the teaching units developed by the teachers benefit their classes, but educators around the region and country learn how they can introduce their students to advanced concepts in neuroscience, engineering, and technology.

CNT offers RET, a seven-week summer research program for middle school and high school teachers, on the university’s Seattle campus. Teachers selected for the program participate in ongoing research projects with researchers and have the opportunity to develop new classroom lesson plans based on their research experiences.

RET alumnus Larry Bencivengo developed a curriculum unit about neural networks while in the CNT program and described the unit at the Murdock National Conference in San Diego, CA, among other national and regional conferences. Bencivengo also teamed with another RET alumnus, Laura Moore, to present a workshop, “Neuroscience + Engineering + Technology: Neural Engineering for Secondary STEM Classrooms” at the regional conference of the National Science Teachers Association in Seattle