DOE Academies Creating Teacher Scientists (ACTS)
Materials Science and Technology Professional Development
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) will be offering professional development designed for secondary Applied Materials Science and Technology (MST) science teachers.
The DOE/ACTS program is designed by the Office of Science to create a cadre of outstanding science and math teachers with the proper content knowledge and scientific research experience to serve as leaders and agents of positive change in their local and regional teaching communities.
Through the DOE/ACTS program at PNNL, teachers will have the opportunity to deepen their own science content knowledge, skills and habits of mind by working directly with PNNL scientists and engineers in applied learning environments. Based on these opportunities as well as other workshops/seminars, teachers will explore how to use their learning at PNNL to enrich and extend the core Materials Science program they deliver to students. The Office of Science and Engineering Education has a rich history of professional development in Materials Science and Technology supported by the DOE Office of Science in the 1990s. It is the intent of this program to build on this strong foundation of work both with classroom teachers and world-renowned scientist-mentors who are engaged in fundamental research and innovation. Individuals may apply. Based on research in teacher professional development, we encourage teachers to come in a team of two from the same high school or district.