OVERVIEW:

  • The Penn State Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS) is a College of Education Center that facilitates partnerships between Penn State STEM entities and K-12 schools, with the goal of enhancing K-12 science education across Pennsylvania
  • Please see their website for contact information and other details: http://csats.psu.edu/

KEY EVENTS/PROGRAMS/SERVICES:

  • Broader Impacts and Project Design: Assistance for researchers in designing and assessing effective STEM education programs targeted at K-12 students or teachers for Broader Impacts
  • STEM Pedagogy Training: Providing training that will familiarize researchers with strategies for enhancing their ability to interact with K-12 teachers and students
  • Saturday Science Workshops for Teachers: Monthly Saturday workshops that provide opportunities for elementary and middle school teachers to learn science content from Penn State researchers and faculty, through K-8 classroom-friendly activities
  • Summer Research Experiences for STEM Teachers: A 7-week summer experience that immerses K-12 STEM teachers in scientific research and supports them in developing classroom research projects to implement during the school year
  • Summer Teacher Workshops: Professional development workshops for teachers on various science content areas that are hosted by CSATS in collaboration with STEM researchers from Penn State
  • Go here to see more CSATS programs!

PAST EXAMPLES OF COLLABORATION:

  • Collaborated with faculty from the Penn State Department of Meteorology to design and implement Broader Impacts activities (e.g., teacher workshop, summer research experience) on three successful NSF grant proposals (more info)
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