On October 8, local STEM organizations opened their doors to Durham and Wake County educators for our Fall Educator ExternTrips! Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network, N.C. State University Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, the EPA, and Credit Suisse all welcomed educators in partnership with STEM RTP. Educators spent their teacher workday on a “field trip” learning more about these organizations to take back to their students; they also just had a bunch of fun geeking out over STEM! Check out what the educators had to say about their experience below.
“This was an excellent way to learn from amazing scientists and meet with other educators from all around the county. A lot of valuable information was shared in a small amount of time. I will be using ideas from my visit to inspire students to think out of the box and go above and beyond to find jobs that exists, based on their interests and that they would not traditionally know of.” –Indira Bhandari, Wake County Educator, Reedy Creek Middle School; visited Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network
“The topics that were discussed were relevant, and the research being completed was intriguing. I brought back information to our school for the Health Science Career Academy (we focus on medical sciences, public safety and ag sciences) to support core teachers in the sciences. As a Career Development Coordinator, I was also informed of the requirements for successful graduation and transition from high school to college. As we create global 21st century citizens, we need to prepare ourselves of their needs, and be able to share with students the opportunities that are available to them.” –Jennifer Hulsey, Wake County Educator, Athens Drive Magnet High School; visited N.C. State University Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry
“We enjoyed learning about the different energy sources and how the sources affected the environment. It was very interesting learning about how the EPA helps to write laws and regulations that go into effect, in order to protect humans and the environment. We enjoyed the interactive game of Energy Choices, where we were able to learn about the costs and benefits of different types of fuel for electricity. I have plans on implementing this activity into our lesson plan for the Energy and Environmental course.” –Mitchell Langley, Durham County Educator, Brogden Middle School, visited the U.S. EPA
Wayne Bramlette, a Durham County educator at the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability, visited Credit Suisse and was encouraged by the depth of presentations and the thoughtfulness of the hosts. He chose to attend because he wanted to learn more about financial institutions and how they relate to STEM. During the ExternTrip, Wayne was able to ask questions pertaining to the steps employees took in high school and along their career path to achieve success at Credit Suisse. He was also able to learn more about Credit Suisse as an organization and says, “I was very much impressed with the sense of community within Credit Suisse.”