PIs: Dr. Larry Rilett, Director, Mid-America Transportation Center & Distinguished Professor, Civil Engineering & Dr. Gina Kunz, Assistant Director, Center for Research on Rural Education, and Research Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Sciences - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
K-12 science and math teachers have a pressing need for training in the use of instructional materials that engage students and facilitate learning of complex concepts and principles in the content areas of math and science. Students often do not recognize real-life applications of math and science concepts taught in the classroom. To remedy this, faculty of the Nebraska Transportation Center and Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln forged a partnership to launch the Professional Development Science and Math Summer Technology Institute for secondary school teachers.
At the Institute, teachers interact with engineering faculty who share their research and demonstrate how math and science concepts are used to solve real-world problems. Education research faculty members provide program evaluation, offer guidance in preparing effective lesson plans, and facilitate presentations and activities on, for example, promoting scientific inquiry with students and meeting state math and science standards.
Students visit the UNL campus to test out the teachers lesson plan in a live classroom development, tour and see demonstrations several research labs, and talk with graduate students.
73 Teachers Have Attended the Summer Institute since 2006
156 Students Introduced to Transportation Engineering since 2009
52 STEM Transportation Engineering Peer Reviewed Lesson Plans Developed
Visit the Lesson Plan Repository at: matc.unl.edu/region7utc/k12-lesson-plans.php