National STEM Scholar Program open to middle school science teachers


The National STEM Scholar Program invites middle school science teachers to apply for its 2020 class.

Ten teachers will be selected for the program, which is designed to inspire the creativity and passion of middle school science teachers. Research shows that students who get excited about STEM subjects in middle school are the ones who are most likely to take those courses in high school and major in them at the college level.

Participants will be hosted by the The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science and The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University (WKU) May 31-June 6 in Bowling Green. They will engage in hands-on, minds-on science activities, connect with speakers and leaders in STEM education, learn with skilled science educators and develop a creative challenge project for classroom implementation.

Teachers also will meet at the National Science Teaching Association’s annual conference in April 2021 in Chicago, and they will receiving mentoring throughout the year by WKU faculty.

All expenses are paid, and participants will receive a tablet and funding for project supplies and materials.

The application deadline is Feb. 1. Visit WKU’s website for more information.