2018 Smithsonian Science Teachers

Dow, Jacobs, Smithsonian Science Education Opportunity for 2 BISD Educators
Posted on 10/22/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Dow, Jacobs, Smithsonian Science Education Opportunity for 2 BISD EducatorsThis year thirty-eight science teachers from across the country were selected to be a part in the six-day Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers through the collaboration of Dow Chemical Company, Jacobs Engineering, and the Smithsonian Science Education Center. Two of our own BISD educators, Betty Watson from R. O’Hara Lanier Middle School and Jennifer Nicholas from Grady Rasco Middle School participated in this prestigious program.

We would like to thank Dow Chemical for providing this opportunity to all educators, and especially for selecting BISD teachers to benefit from this outstanding learning experience. This summer Watson and Nicholas had the opportunity to participate in one of three professional development academies in Washington, D.C. - working side by side with Dow STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Ambassadors, CH2M engineers and some of the Smithsonian Science Education Center experts. The academies included Biodiversity, Energy’s Innovations and Implications and the Earth's History and Global Change. The program focused on the museum’s Leadership and Energy in Environmental Design Gold certification and participants had the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s sustainability measures, including a green roof and water recycling system, and view the facility through the eyes of one of the museum’s architects and a structural engineer.

“Without question, the Teacher Scholar Program is having a tremendous impact on teachers and, ultimately, students in our key communities across the country,” said Meredith Morris, Dow’s global education leader. “Dow is committed to building the workforce of tomorrow through impactful collaborations, and we are proud to partner with Jacobs and the Smithsonian to bring this program to life for our teachers.”

Betty and Jennifer will continue to meet in teams throughout the school year with other educators and Dow STEM Ambassadors. Dow and Jacobs will organize opportunities for them to maintain their connection and receive additional support tailored to our community. Local STEM Ambassadors will continue to provide a rich variety of experiences including safety procedures, technical briefings, classroom demonstrations, and career talks, supporting Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goal of Engaging Employees for Impact.

Congratulations to Betty and Jennifer!

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