2018 Research Experience for STEM Educators and Teachers (RESET)

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reset-logo-color-rgbThe Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) Research Experiences for STEM Educators and Teachers (RESET) provides teachers and educators, from high need areas working with underserved populations, a summer research experience at participating Army Laboratories. The goal is to reinforce teachers’ STEM content knowledge through research experience and interactions with Army and DoD scientists and engineers and to then translate this knowledge and experience into STEM learning activities to enhance research skills with students.

 

Experiential Learning in Research (overview of RESET, a six-week learning opportunity)

Teacher participation occurs as a member of a cohort for collaborative learning, with two possible levels of activity as a Level I or Level II member. Level I and Level II cohort members complete two on-line experiential learning modules, each lasting 30 hours (stipend provided). Module 1, Introduction to Research, is equivalent to one week of work (30 hours), delivered and completed over a four-week span in April through an on-line portal. Module 2, Taking Research to the Classroom, also equivalent to one week of work (30 hours) completed over a four week span, is delivered and completed in August by the Level I and Level II cohort members.

The Level II cohort members experience the Level I cohort work PLUS four additional weeks of paid on-site research time working with research mentors at participating Army laboratories (stipend provided with travel support) during June or July. Throughout their research time in the participating Army laboratories, the Level II participants stay in contact with the full cohort to share the outcomes of their research on a weekly basis.

During August, the Level I and Level II cohort members complete the second on-line learning module, Taking Research to the Classroom, taking inspiration from the on-site research experiences of the Level II members. During Module 2, The Level II members work as team leads with the Level I members in teams of two to three to create standards-aligned Legacy Cycle project-based learning modules. These learning activities will be collaboratively designed by the cohort to take the research experiences back into the classroom for use with students. The Legacy Cycle modules are required to align with grade level standards in math, science, English Language Arts (ELA), and social studies as appropriate for the particular research outcomes that the teachers choose to highlight.

 

RESET Program Timeline for STEM educators:

November 15:  Teacher application period opens

April 6: Teacher application period closes

April 13:  Selected teachers notified of Level I and Level II cohort status

April 23: Cohort work begins as Level I and Level II cohort members participate in on-line Module 1

June and July: Level II cohort members participate in on-site research (dates vary by site location)

August: Level I and Level II cohort members participate in on-line Module 2, Cohort completed


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