NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 8, 2011 - The U.S. Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab is currently accepting applications for its science enrichment program for fifth-, sixth- and eighth-grade teachers of science.
The after-school program, designed to increase teachers' knowledge of the physical sciences and strengthen their teaching skills, runs from September 2011 through May 2012 and is called Jefferson Lab's Science Activities for Teachers, or JSAT.
"At the elementary and middle-school level, teachers, with little or no formal background in science education, often find themselves tasked with teaching the science curriculum," says Lisa Surles-Law, program administrator. "This program is a primer for them and a refresher for those with a formal education in science. JSAT provides attendees with a wealth of materials and activities to take back to their classrooms, and a chance to network with other teachers."
The 2011-12 program will include interactive activities to enhance physical science instruction at the upper-elementary and middle-school levels, and lectures by Jefferson Lab staff on the applications of science. Topics will include matter, atomic structure, energy transfer, force and motion, magnetism and electricity, waves and sound, simple machines, watershed cycle and optics. Program participants will receive supplies and materials so they may conduct all the planned activities in their own classrooms.
The program, funded by a grant from the Jefferson Science Associates Initiatives Fund, addresses components of National Science Education Standards and the Virginia Standards of Learning.
Fifth-grade teachers will meet on Tuesday nights during the program. Sixth-grade teachers meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Eighth-grade teachers are scheduled to meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month. The sessions take place between 5-7 p.m. at Jefferson Lab, located at 12000 Jefferson Ave. in Newport News.
The application deadline for the 2011-12 program is Friday, Sept. 16. Surles-Law may be reached by phone at 757-269-5002.
Jefferson Lab is managed and operated for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, a joint venture between Southeastern Universities Research Association, Inc. and CSC Applied Technologies, LLC.
Submitted: Monday, August 8, 2011 - 2:00pm