Teachers as Scholars
PCCM conducted a Teachers as Scholars pilot program with Teacher Prep on March 20, 2013. Twenty teachers spent an hour with PCCM Education Director Daniel Steinberg. Dr. Steinberg introduced the teachers to the National Science Foundation (NSF) MRSEC program, Materials Science and Engineering Research Centers, and specifically Princeton University's MRSEC, the Princeton Center for Complex Materials. Teachers learned about PCCM's scientists and engineers and their work. In this pilot program will hopefully lead to a two-day Teachers as Scholars workshop by PCCM that will inspire teachers, make them aware of NSF-funded research center, and enable teachers to bring real science to their students which will help them fulfill new national standards. PCCM has always had that as part of our mission, but interest among teachers has grown and they are now explicitly seeking this to meet these new standards.