Georgia Southern University has selected two Southeast Bulloch Middle School educators to participate in a prestigious summer research experience for teachers sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). They are two of only 10 teachers selected by faculty from GA Southern's Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology(CEIT) to be part of the university's three-year NSF grant project, "ENgaging Educators in Renewable enerGY."
Bob Deckard, a sixth-grade science teacher, and Tricia Kirkland, an eighth-grade physical science teacher will participate in the seven-week advanced research experience with Dr. Valentin Soloiu, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Allen E. Paulson Distinguished Chair of Renewable Energy (PI), and Rocio Alba-Flores, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering (co-PI).
This experience will involve conducting wind turbine technologies and solar tracking research under the direction of Dr. Soloiu and with faculty members Dr. Mosfequr Rahman and Dr. Rocio Alba-Flores. According to the GA Southern faculty involved in the project, they believe having secondary teachers research with them in the labs will allow the teachers to better prepare the next generation of engineering students and be more aware of the real-world applications of engineering and technology.
The NSF grant is part of the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program. The goals of the RET program are to “help build long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers, community college faculty, and the NSF university research community by involving the teachers and community college faculty in advanced engineering and computer science research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge into classroom activities”. GA Southern and its CEIT is dedicated to increasing the level of STEM education throughout Georgia with projects like ENERGY.
Source: From Staff Reports - Kania Greer, Georgia Southern University