Friday, April 18, 2014
Lara Hayes, a middle school technology integration teacher at Alston Middle School has been selected as one of only 50 middle and high school educators from across the country to take part in the exclusive Siemens STEM Institute fellowship, designed to bring teachers to the cutting edge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
The Siemens STEM Institute is a one-of-a-kind, all-expense-paid weeklong immersion program that promotes hands-on, real-world integration of STEM in the classroom. The Siemens STEM Institute will take place August 3-8 just outside Washington, D.C., at the world headquarters of Discovery Communications – home to such television networks as Discovery Channel, Science and Animal Planet. Hayes and the other selected educators will be exposed to leading scientists, thought-leaders, personalities and innovators whose work across STEM disciplines shape and define our world today. The week will be filled with guest speakers at the forefront of STEM, field trips to leading institutions where Fellows will observe real-world applications of STEM subject matter, and opportunities for networking and collaborating with peers from across the nation.
The goal of the Siemens STEM Institute is to create a group of STEM ambassadors who can take what they learn this summer back into their own classrooms and become key influencers in their schools and communities. The Siemens STEM Institute specifically sought applicants who wanted to become STEM leaders and help change the way STEM subjects are taught in American classrooms.