New grant (NYS Dept. of Health): Teacher-scientist Partnership in Stem Cell Biology
Jonathan Butcher was awarded a grant through the NYS Dept. of Health entitled, “ Teacher-scientist Partnership in Stem Cell Biology.”
Too often, science is taught as a collection of static facts in a book, rather than as the creative, dynamic process for discovery, leading to decreased interest in and poorer learning and retention of science topics by students. This grant proposes a NYSTEM Stem Cell Research Experience for Pre-College Teachers program that explicitly aims to change this through three mechanisms: authentic research experiences for teachers, graduate fellows serving as "resident scientists" in classrooms, and the creation of new inquiry based curricular materials that engage students in scientific discovery.