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Empowering high school teachers, students

Friday, April 12, 2019

2017 teacher participantsSince 2006, the CEBC has empowered more than 40 educators in its “Research Experiences for Teachers” program. A new three-year NSF award for $600,000 continues the tradition, building on the legacy of two previous NSF-supported programs.

KU Environmental Engineering Professor Edward Peltier and CEBC Education Director Claudia Bode lead the new RET program. Called ECO-WATER, the program is designed to engage 10 science and math teachers each summer in six weeks of authentic water-themed engineering research. Teacher participants will translate the research into curricula to enrich student learning. By featuring a host of career pathways, the program will also help teachers inspire their students to pursue careers in science and engineering. 

“For each teacher in our program, we reach more than 50 high school students in a year,” said Bode. “This small investment in teacher professional development has exponential impact all across Kansas.”

Click here to learn more about the ECO-WATER program.

2019 Participants

Ellen Bruggeman, Shawnee, Kans., Lansing High School, teaches Mathematics

Michael Rebne, Roeland Park, Kans., Wyandotte High School, teaches Physics, Physical Science, Principles of Engineering

Jerad Gorney, Gardner, Kans., Gardner Edgerton High School, teaches Biology, Physical Science, Genetics, Environmental Science, Ecology, and Field Biology

Katie Hutchinson, Lawrence, Kans., Lawrence High School, teaches Biology, Chemistry, ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages), and Modern World History 

Anne Krebs, Lansing, Kans., Lansing High School, teaches Chemistry and Physics

Rebecca Taylor, Park City, Kans., Wichita West High School, teaches Geometry and Algebra

Andrew Taylor, Lawrence, Kans., Olathe Northwest High School, teaches Freshmen Honors Biology and FIRST Robotics Leadership

Candice Van Allen, Sharon Springs, Kans. Weskan High School, teaches Life Sience, Physical Science, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology

Frances Wecker, Allen, Kans., Emporia High School, Biology, Earth and Space Science, Plant and Soil Science, Microbiology, Human Pathophysiology

Jennifer Womack, Silver Lake, Kans., Topeka High School, teaches Algebra and Calculus




CEBC Calendar

August 12, Wednesday - Mandatory Safety Meeting 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom

This meeting is mandatory for all CEBC researchers working at 1501 Wakarusa

August 12, Wednesday - Virtual Cool Science Youth Art Celebration
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., via Zoom



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