STEM Research Experience For Teachers

The Institute seeks to provide teachers with practical knowledge and hands-on experience to enhance their content understanding, classroom practice and bridge to the real world skills students will need. In 2014, the Institute launched the STEM Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program, providing middle and high school teachers real-world experience and helping them translate that experience and new knowledge into the classroom. STEM RET is an intensive program implemented five (5) days per week over four (4) weeks during the summer. Throughout the program the teachers spend about 130 hours with an innovative STEM company working on real world projects and 30 plus hours in teacher professional development. The goal is to help build long-term collaborative partnerships between 6th-12th grade teachers, industry leaders, and the local university research community by involving the teachers in STEM-based, industry-relevant projects and helping them increase student engagement and interest in STEM topics/careers through increased teacher enthusiasm and knowledge about STEM industries. By providing experiential opportunities, along with professional development, classroom implementation planning time and authentic materials, RET is making a tremendous impact in Colorado’s 6th-12th grade STEM classes.


2020 Summer STEM RET Program Partners
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
​Jeffco Public Schools
 
2020 Summer STEM RET Company/Organization Partners
City of Westminster
Medtronic
Sharklet Technologies
Terumo BCT
TriSalus Life Science
Zimmer Biomet

2019 Summer STEM RET Program Partners
Denver Public Schools, Career Connect

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

​Jeffco Public Schools

 

2019 Summer STEM RET Program Participating

Companies/Organization
AlloSource

City of Westminster
Cliexa

iC42

Sharklet Technologies

Terumo BCT

TriSalus Life Science

Velocity Sciences

Zimmer Biomet

Generous support of the Institute’s Research Experience for Teachers Program provided by:

Adolph Coors Foundation, the City of Westminster, Medtronic, Terumo BCT, and Zimmer Biomet
 

If you are interested in hosting a teacher for 2020 or for more information please contact Meg John, Institute Vice President, mjohn@cobioscience.com

 

 

 

 

 

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