Engineering at Nebraska, Spring 2008
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For Teachers, a "Fairy Godmother" Who Wears a Lab Coat

Making math and science engaging for middle and high school students can be a challenge, but with a UNL partnership helping the transformation, the results can be magical for all involved. This summer, the Professional Development Science and Math Summer Technology Institute entered its third year of inspiring technology learning that benefits Nebraska classrooms.

Part one of this year's summer institute gathered dozens of teachers from middle and high schools throughout the state. They met experts from transportation systems and electrical engineering during guided lab and simulator tours on campus. They also gained time and tools, including mentoring and networking, to apply all this to curriculum for their math and science classrooms.

The Nebraska Transportation Center, part of the College of Engineering, worked with the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools to develop this two-part program, which also included a campus visit by students in July. The Summer Institute is funded in part by the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Post-Secondary Education and the U.S. Department of Transportation.