BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Dozens of Buffalo STEM teachers and scientists
will gather at Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute on
Tuesday, Sept. 18, to celebrate the conclusion of a summer program
that paired the teachers and scientists together on cutting-edge
The summer work was part of the Interdisciplinary Science and
Engineering Partnership (ISEP), a larger, year-round program that
aims to increase hands-on learning in science classes
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers who
participated in the ISEP summer research will use what they learned
from that experience to design experiments and other hands-on
activities for their students throughout the school year.
The goal is to improve science learning by cultivating
classrooms where students are not passive observers, but curious
young scientists engaged in solving interdisciplinary problems.
Tuesday's event will take place from 4-6 p.m. in the
second-floor lobby of the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research
Institute (HWI), 700 Ellicott St., Buffalo.
About 40 teachers from Buffalo Public Schools will be onsite
sharing posters describing the work they completed over the summer
with scientists from Buffalo State College, HWI, Praxair, Roswell
Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo. The teachers'
projects ranged from building nanoparticles called quantum dots to
analyzing water samples from local streams.
Another dozen or so teachers will be presenting on how they will
implement what they learned from a summer teacher preparation
course at Buffalo State College that emphasized hands-on
instruction and student scientific discourse.
The new superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools district,
Pamela C. Brown, EdD, will be in attendance, along with other
ISEP is a teacher professional development program that works
with 12 Buffalo middle and high schools. It reaches about 60
Buffalo STEM teachers each year. For more information on ISEP,
UB's John and Frances Larkin Professor of Chemistry Joseph
Gardella is the grant director of the program, which is funded
primarily by a $9.8 million grant from the National Science
What: Poster session and celebration of summer
research projects that Buffalo teachers conducted through the
Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership, a teacher
professional development program that aims to increase hands-on
learning in science classes district-wide.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 4-6 p.m.
Where: Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research
Institute at 700 Ellicott St., Buffalo.
Press arrangements: Contact Charlotte Hsu in
UB's Office of University Communications at 716-645-4655 or
firstname.lastname@example.org, or 510-388-1831 onsite.