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Name: Research Experience for Teachers Program
School/Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Haystack Observatory
City: Westford
State: MA
Opportunity Type: RET
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: We plan to host two high school science teachers for seven to eight weeks during the Summer of 2009 who will work at the research facilities of the MIT Haystack Observatory. Following an introduction to Haystack Observatory's programs in radio astronomy, geodesy, and atmospheric science, the teachers will work together learning about the dynamics of Earth's atmosphere. Studying with MIT scientists at Haystack Observatory, the teachers will acquire sufficient background information to develop lesson plans at the requisite grade level for students in the classroom. The teachers will interact with staff and students, and learn about special research projects as they attend the summer seminar series and activities planned for students and teachers. As they begin their project, scientists will guide them in their studies of the subject. The specific details for this year's project have been provided above by the staff mentors.

The goal of the program is for the teachers to develop introductory lesson plans for a particular K-12 level based on their summer research internships. These plans can then be followed by other teachers interested in using these units or by students pursuing independent study. The lesson plans will be placed on the Haystack Web site and will be linked to a rich base of other research and educational materials located there. Links will also be provided to other sites associated with Haystack's research disciplines and to educational materials relevant to the effort. This will simplify access to the materials by all teachers and students in the future. Haystack will encourage all interested teachers to take advantage of these materials and to apply them to their class activities prior to visits or interactions with our group.
Duration: 7-8 weeks
Application Deadline: 02/28/2009
Opportunity Website:

Benefits and Requirements

Benefits: Stipend
Benefit Explanation: $1000 salary per week

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Madeleine Needles, RET Program
MIT Haystack Observatory
Off Rte. 40
Westford, MA 01886
Phone: 978-692-4764