Yates’ lecture was part of a number of STEM topics delivered by other subject matter experts during the week-long, behind-the-scenes course at Smithsonian museums and research facilities.
“The Smithsonian Science Education Academy for Teachers is a fairly competitive program, and we select highly motivated teachers who are inclined to bring what they learn into classroom settings,” said Katherine Fancher, program specialist at the Smithsonian Science Education Center. “[Yates] resonated with teachers and we hope to have support again next summer.”
NRL’s overall involvement in the program supports and promotes the Department of Navy‘s STEM Education and Workforce Initiative goals as an opportunity to enhance our nation’s STEM curriculum by educating teachers throughout the country.
During his lecture, teachers engaged with their own knowledge of the field, identifying information that would spark student interest and framing questions to Yates in a way they assumed students would perceive the topic.
“I was impressed with this group’s ability to digest the content of my lecture and stimulate meaningful conversation, given their unfamiliarity with the topic,” Yates said.