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Name: Research in Optics for K-14 Educators & Teachers (ROKET)
School/Institution: Univ of California San Diego
City: San Diego
State: CA
Opportunity Type: RET
Teacher Level: Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Description: As an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center, CIAN is committed to creating opportunities for cross-disciplinary, hands-on education that will result in a well-trained, diverse workforce in the field of photonics and optical communications. The goals of the ROKET program are:

* Advance pre-college students interest in science and engineering careers through the compelling and informative lessons developed by ROKET teachers
* Long-term collaborative relationships between K-14 STEM teachers and CIAN's research community
* Development of novel and exciting science and engineering curriculum to share with the community of pre-college educators
Start Date: 06/20/2011
End Date: 07/29/2011
Duration: 6 week summer program
Application Deadline: 03/15/2011
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Benefits: Stipend
Professional Development/CEU
Supply Budget
Benefit Explanation: Participants accepted into the ROKET program will receive a stipend of $5,400 and a budget of $1,500 to execute the lesson plans they develop during the program. In addition, laboratory resources from the University, visiting lecturers, and on-going collaborations are available to support teaching sophisticated technology concepts to K-12 and community college students. After the summer program concludes, travel funding is available to disseminate your original lesson plan and network at professional educator conferences.
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen
Other Prerequisites: K-12 teachers and community college instructors in scientific disciplines interested in increasing their knowledge of scientific research and bringing to their classrooms advanced information about optics, electronics, physics, materials science, or engineering.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Xuemei Wang
9500 Gilman Drive - 0436
Atkinson Hall 5th Fl
La Jolla, CA 92093-0436
Phone: 8588221661