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NPI supporting Texas Teachers headed to Texas A&M University for Summer Research, E3: Enrichment Experiences in Engineering

May 25, 2016

    It is with excitement that the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) has selected Granbury High School (GHS) teacher, Landree Page, and Foster High School (FHS) teacher, Joshua Johnson, to support their participation in the E3 program. The Dwight Look College of Engineering is hosting Texas secondary school mathematics, science, and career & technology education (CTE) teachers for a two-and-a-half week summer residential engineering research experience on the Texas A&M University College Station campus.

    Ms. Page who is also the GHS POWER SET (Powerful Opportunities for Women Eager and Ready for Science, Engineering, and Technology) sponsor was selected to participate in engineering research alongside Texas A&M professors, who will also work with teachers on developing lesson plans that introduce engineering concepts to their students. The design of E3 is to provide experiences that integrate math and the sciences with engineering. Teachers will use the experiences gained at Texas A&M to empower and educate students and fellow teachers about engineering and other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) opportunities that are available for students.

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    The E3 program provides teachers the tools and ideas needed in order to introduce engineering concepts in a relatable way to their students. "Students often ask me why they need to learn what I am trying to teach them and when will they ever use it in the future. I believe participating in this program will give me additional firsthand experience that I can use in the classroom to help answer their questions and continue to keep them engaged and excited about learning something new", said Mr. Johnson who is also the FHS WIT (Workforce Industry Training) sponsor. Following the E3 Program, Mr. Johnson and 3 other NPI partnering teachers will participate in the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company's (STPNOC) Teacher STEM Camp where they will participate in job shadowing, presentations, and trainings.