In summer 2020, the UIC Colleges of Engineering and Education will provide a research experience opportunity for pre-engineering and science teachers.  Teachers will be matched with research-active bioengineering faculty members to work in bioengineering research labs for six weeks and will utilize their learnings to create a curriculum for their own classrooms. These lab opportunities are in diverse areas that include 3D printing laboratory equipment, tissue engineering, biomedical imaging, brain activity monitoring, rehabilitation engineering, bioacoustics, biomaterials, and mechanics of the pulmonary system.

In partnership with College of Education faculty who are recognized experts in curriculum design and teaching in secondary education, and in particular, teaching of secondary science in urban schools, participant-tailored curricular mentoring in weekly workshops will focus on principles of effective planning, instruction, and assessment to be directly connected to teachers’ classroom curriculum.

Eligibility: Licensed Chicago Public high school biotechnology or engineering teachers. Underrepresented minorities and applicants committed to working with diverse student populations are encouraged to apply.

Competency Alignment

Strategizes and drives for results to maximize impact:  BEST Fellows will receive mentoring and participate in workshops that will focus on principles of effective planning, instruction, and assessment to be directly connected to teachers’ classroom curriculum.

Adapts and shows resilience to create solutions:   BEST Fellows will collaborate with experts in curriculum design and teaching science in urban schools.  Teachers will use creative techniques to develop instructional materials that will meet the needs of all students.