Syracuse University/Onondaga County Partnership for the Improvement of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education
Since 2003 our graduate fellows have disseminated their work to more than 150 STEM teachers in New York State at the annual Teach Locally, Think Globally! workshop hosted by The Syracuse University/Onondaga County Schools Partnership for the Improvement of Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering Education. At the workshop, fellows distribute their projects to wider audiences and work one-on-one with STEM teachers. Among the most exciting portions of the workshop are the live demonstrations and experiments fellows perform for teachers. Each participant leaves with a fellow-produced CD-ROM containing more than 100 innovative STEM projects that align with New York State Regents standards and include teacher guides to the content, lessons and projects teachers can modify for their own classroom use, and ready-to-use lesson and unit evaluation forms for the teachers to give to their students. Fellows take complete ownership of virtually every detail of the event. Encouraged by their new-found status as public school role models, fellows frequently hear comments from participants like: “Judging by your fellows, the stereotyp[ical] white lab-coated science teacher with a pencil in his pocket is gone.” Others are encouraged by the fellows’ diversity, saying, “It warmed my heart to see so many young women scientists and especially women of color in this program.” Many fellows have made professional contacts with the teachers. “I really appreciate the teachers’ input and feedback. It is through this input that I am able to improve and refine my activities so that I can produce the best quality material for my students,” one fellow said.