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Ramay Teacher Selected to Attend National Innovation Institute

Posted by Alan on July 21, 2014 8:10 AM | (Not Filed) |

Strasser.pngRamay Junior High School engineering teacher Bethany Strasser has been selected to attend the National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property. Bethany's acceptance includes a full scholarship to cover travel and lodging expenses.The institute will be held August 10-14, 2014 in Santa Clara, CA.

The curriculum will help middle and high school teachers incorporate making, inventing, and intellectual property creation and protection in STEM lesson plans and classroom instruction. Courses will be conducted by USPTO experts, representatives from other federal government agencies, National Science Foundation-funded researchers and inventors, and the Maker Education Initiative. Presentation speakers and hands-on workshop instructors will include noted scientists and engineers from the Science of Innovation series: Dr. Reginald Farrow (fuel cells, lab-on-a-chip), Dr. Evangelyn Alocilja (nano-biosensors for use in detecting counterfeit products), and Dr. Homayoon Kazerooni (exoskeletons), as well as series executive editor, Mark Miano from NBC Learn.

The series was produced as a joint project between the USPTO and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The U.S. Department of Education, NSF, Smithsonian Institution, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and other government agencies will be represented at the Institute. Congressman Honda, a former science educator and advocate for STEM education, will kick-off the Institute with a keynote address on Sunday evening. On the final day, NASA Ames Research Center will host the teachers through an on-site tour and discussion.