3 Linn County teachers bring their experiences with STEM clerkship back to their classrooms
Teachers from Jefferson High, North Linn High, and Central City High School worked in conservation centers and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for six weeks for an experiment in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Tracy Burds, Central City High School teacher, external to Jones County Conservation, where she participated in various programs hosted offsite and at the Nature Center. (Photo provided by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Board)
North Linn High School teacher Dave Sattgast worked with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources last summer during his internship with the Iowa Governor’s STEM program. (Photo provided by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Board)
Three Linn County teachers attended the Iowa governor’s science, technology, engineering and math clerkship last summer, bringing their experiences back to their classrooms.
Robert Brown II, a teacher at Jefferson High School, Dave Sattgast, a teacher at North Linn High School, and Tracy Burds, a teacher at Central City High School, worked in conservation centers and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources during their six-year internship. weeks.
An externship is similar but shorter than an internship, with participants observing and networking with professionals, touring company facilities, and attending staff meetings.
Robert Brown II, Jefferson High School teacher, external at Johnson County Conservation and Kent Park, 2048 US-6, Oxford. He was part of the team responsible for water testing at 31 locations in the park and helped analyze data collected at the sites to determine whether the rehabilitation of the watershed feeding the lake was successful. (Photo provided by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Board)
Brown II external to Johnson County Conservation and Kent Park, 2048 US-6, Oxford. He was part of the team responsible for water testing at 31 locations in the park and helped analyze data collected at the sites to determine whether the rehabilitation of the watershed feeding the lake was successful.
Sattgast worked with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Burds outsourced to Jones County Conservation, helping with various programs hosted offsite and at the Nature Center. She created geocaches and compass trails throughout the park.
Geocaches will provide a treasure hunt style experience by providing GPS coordinates to find a specific location. Compass courses will provide a list of directions that require the use of a compass to navigate a course.
As teachers learn to show students the connection between state academic standards and available jobs and skills, external hosts find the help they need to complete important projects that bring life to the table. value to the organization, according to a press release.
“By matching the skills and abilities of teachers to the goals of external hosts, we have seen a tremendous return on investment in clerkship time and effort, for both teachers and hosts,” Jason said. Lang, STEM program director. Teacher internship program.
“Our goal is to provide teachers with hands-on experience that will enhance their classroom curriculum and highlight the skills required in a work environment,” Lang said in a press release.
The program aims to help educators in Iowa bring additional experience to their classrooms by providing them with the opportunity to work side-by-side with industry professionals. Teachers can then take the concrete examples they have learned and apply them to their science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum.
By finding matches in the local community, school-business partnerships can grow and last into the next school year and beyond. This ultimately helps educate students about the skills needed to take on the jobs where they live.
Sixty-six teachers from across the state have been matched with local science, technology, engineering and math workplaces for the 13th year of the program.
More than 700 externship experiences have been held under the program since 2009, said Meghan Lang, coordinator of the externship program.
“There has been great success in communicating the essential role of STEM in the workplace to our future workforce by creating these partnerships between educators and businesses,” said Meghan Lang.
Since its first cohort, the program has been partially funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources REAP-CEP and Google, as well as cost-shared investments. by Iowa commercial and industrial partners. . This year, workplace host contributions total approximately $ 90,000, in addition to the investment from the STEM Council.
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