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April 20, 2010

Teacher registration open for free hands-on science summer camp

DeKalb, Ill. — Middle school and high school teachers from across the country will have an opportunity from July 26 to July 30 to learn new ways to stir students interest in addressing social problems through science, technology, engineering and mathematics at Northern Illinois University.

A commuter ASM International (ASM)Teacher’s Material Camp will be hosted by NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. It features certified master high school and junior high instructors from the successful ASM Education Foundation program. Since the first Materials Camp in 2000, the workshop has played an integral role in shaping the direction of materials science education in the classroom.

Participating teachers will be taught affordable classroom experiments to refresh their lessons like creating crystal formations, building homemade light bulbs. Participants earn four CEU credits or two graduate semester credits at a minimal cost. Supported by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technology Education Program, the workshop is free to registrants including lunch and supplies. Teachers may apply online.

The full day curriculum bridges a review in what is loosely called the “science of stuff,” its application in everyday living and in strengthening STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) literacy amongst students. Budget friendly ideas for incorporating current lesson plans with activities across the disciplines are discussed. The lab based training is designed to excite curiosity in math and science amongst middle school and high school students in the U.S. Additional information is available online.

For more information visit NIU-CEET’s Web page  or contact Joe Santner at (815) 753-8922, Al Swiglo at (815) 753-8985 at NIU or Jeane Deatherage of the ASM Materials Education Foundation at (800) 366-5152, ext. 5533.

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Media Contact: Joe King, NIU Media Relations and Internal Communications
Phone: (815) 753-4922
Email: joking@niu.edu