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Internships for Teachers Help Teach Real World Science and Math

Posted on: July 25, 2009

Helios Education Foundation and the Technological Research and Development Authority (TRDA) joined efforts to expand the Teacher Quest program to the Tampa Bay community. The six-week summer internship program allows 6th-8th grade teachers in the math and science areas to work at science and technology-based companies in Tampa Bay. This summer, six Tampa Bay businesses participated in the program, companies included Alliant Techsystems, Custom Manufacturing and Engineering, Engraving Systems Support, LLC., HSA Engineers and Scientists, The Propeller Club of the United States Port of Tampa and Raytheon Network Centric Systems.

The Foundation provided a $300,000 community investment toward the program, which is expected to employ sixth through eighth grade teachers in science, math and technology-based positions in the summers of 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The hope is that these teachers will be able to share and implement their internship experiences into their classrooms when teaching math and science. Teachers will strengthen their own professional development in their respective fields, as well as impact approximately 6,000 students. It also helps make the courses relevant to the real world for the students. Results will be ensured through the implementation of STEM-related lesson plans that translate real-world applications of STEM-related skills, academic and career pathway information, as well as workforce expectations to students.

Category: College and Career Readiness

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