NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site

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BU’s NSF RET Program in Biophotonics Sensors and Systems (through Summer 2013)

Teachers’ Research in BioPhotonics – Sensors and Systems provided professional development of STEM leaders through research experiences and instructional innovations by

  1. involving diverse groups of K-12 teachers in STEM teaching in biophotonics
  2. immersing teachers in interdisciplinary, supportive biophotonics research groups
  3. training teachers to plan and conduct classroom teaching based on biophotonics
  4. connecting teachers with local researchers

Participating teachers worked in two-teacher teams on discovery-based research activities using world-class facilities in the interdisciplinary Photonics Center designed to expand their STEM understanding and skills. Teachers spent six summer weeks working with Photonics Center researchers on cutting-edge biophotonics research projects developing sensors and systems. Participants met weekly for workshops to obtain a deeper grasp of basic photonics concepts, learn methods of independent research, gain technical communications experience, prepare learning modules for their classrooms, and interact with photonics graduate students who will share their experiences and provide mentoring. Participants developed communications skills via workshop training, a guided on-line reflective journal and a poster conference.



NSF RET Blog and Poster Links

NSF RET RET Participant Blog BU Faculty Mentor Current School RET Poster
Summer 2013 Chase Bifano Quabbin Regional High School poster
Giglio Unlu St. John’s Preparatory School poster
Lagas Bishop Robert H. Adams Middle School poster
Leach Erramilli Marshfield High School poster
McMillan Bifano Sanborn Regional Middle School poster
Summer 2012 Bradford Bishop Natick High School poster
Chase Bifano Quabbin Regional High School poster
DeFuria Fritz Pioneer Valley Regional School poster
Dekermendjian Bishop poster
Dukaj Fritz Somerville High School poster
Giglio Unlu St. John’s Preparatory School poster
Louis Mertz TechBoston Academy poster
McMillan Bifano Sanborn Regional Middle School poster
Mundy Mertz poster
Ordway Unlu Sharon Middle School poster
Summer 2011 Oldham Han Norwood High School poster
Leach Han Qunicy High School
Jonsson Unlu City on a Hill Charter Public High School poster
Quinn Unlu Overlook Middle School poster
Bennett Connor The English High School poster
Sountsova Connor Bancroft School poster
Altshuler Goldberg Wayland High School poster
Long Goldberg pre-service teacher at BC
Gutierrez Reinhard English High School poster
Dawes Reinhard Marblehead Veterans Middle School poster
Smith Altug St. John’s Preparatory School
Summer 2010 Smith Altug St. John’s Preparatory School
Sewell Bigio Swampscott High School
Pinizotti Morse/Ziegler Weymouth High School
Comeau Altug Diamond Middle School poster
Neagle Morse/Ziegler John T. Nichols Middle School
Chaney Bigio poster
Lagas Unlu Robert H. Adams Middle School poster
Walsh Unlu Boston College High School poster

RET Lesson Plans

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