Alliance for Enhancement of Science Education and Technology
Vanderbilt University, Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University
Now in its sixth year, the Alliance for the Enhancement of Science Education and Technology has involved a total of 62 fellows, 65 teachers in 21 Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, and approximately 9,000 middle and high school students. Graduate fellows strengthen their career paths through development of effective presentation and communication skills, in addition to increasing their mentoring skills. Acquiring teambuilding skills, they benefit from collaborative relationships with teachers and other graduate students preparing them to function successfully with STEM colleagues. Practicing effective instructional strategies strengthens the ability to relate scientific information in a variety of situations. Fellows contribute to their disciplines by being actively involved in other outreach projects while continuing their academic training. They share their cutting-edge research through participation in programs at the local museum and in family science nights at local schools. Promoting the GK-12 Program among their peers and sharing their classroom experiences increases awareness and understanding of the urban K-12 district needs and defines how scientists can be involved to promote science education. STEM knowledge and cutting-edge research experiences are integrated into the K-12 classroom beginning with an intensive summer workshop where fellows share their research and train with teachers to conduct hands-on, inquiry-based science lessons that extend and increase teacher content knowledge. Fellows plan and present lessons that incorporate their research into the classrooms, and most importantly, expose K-12 students to the many STEM career options.