Boston University

Optical Characterization and Nanophotonics Laboratory








Research Experiences for Teachers Site in Biophotonics

RET places teams of two K-12 teachers, usually middle or high school science teachers, in biophotonics laboratories for a six week program in summers 2010, 2011, and 2012. Teacher teams will spend approximately 35 hr/week in their lab assignments, training, and lesson plan development (Fridays) during summer session II, culminating in a poster session in August. They attend a pre-workshop and three academic year call-backs to discuss their lesson plans and how their teaching was affected by research participation. In 2011 our teacher team (John Walsh 9-12 biology, BC High, and Ashley Lagas Middle school science, Holliston) will work on V-IRIS. All RET participants will also receive OPF training and make a colorimetric diffraction grating device.

RET teachers are here to see how research engineering happens, and to understand the skills and habits of thought that make a good engineer/researcher. They will then share these observations with their students and colleagues, and some will present at a special NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) session on RET.

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