The NHERI UF EF is seeking REU students interested in experimental research in our laboratory, data analysis and computacional modeling, and engineering education research. Our REU students will participae in ongoing wind hazard projects, in teams and individually. At least one REU will also contribute to a Teacher Training Program aimed at providing K-12 teachers the skills they need to meaningfully intergrate engineering design and inquiry in their classroom. The ideal candidates should be passionate about project-based learning within a diverse team of students, teachers, and research staff. We anticipate this to be an in-person, on capus program, as circumstances allow.
Follow this lnk to apply: https://www.designsafe-ci.org/learning-center/reu/
Paid Teacher Professional Development Opportunity: Summer 2023 (stay tuned)
Participant support: This project is generously sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). All participants will receive a $500 stipend, in addition to travel, lodging, and per diem for meals not included during the training.
Background: The UF NHERI EF provides individuals with access to one of the largest and most diverse suite of wind engineering experimental research infrastructures in the world. The UF NHERI EF aligns with the mission of the NSF to strengthen the future U.S. engineering workforce by enabling and encouraging the participation of all citizens in the engineering enterprise. By providing professional development to teachers and prospective EF users, tours of our facility, research experiences for undergraduate students, we hope to foster an ecosystem of support for everyone interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The Summer Teacher Training Institute seeks to provide high school teachers from Title 1 schools in the state of Florida with the skills they need to incorporate concepts relevant natural hazards into their classrooms. Using the framework of learner-centered teaching, participants will conceptualize a project their students will engage with in their classrooms that can be tested within our facility. During this week-long paid professional development program in Gainesville, FL, participants will learn from researchers in disciplines across engineering, work collaboratively with teachers from across the state, and tour facilities on two UF campuses.
Goals: Selected participants will enhance their understanding of how to meaningfully integrate STEM education principles into their classrooms. This training will cover topics such as:
Throughout the course of the week, teachers will focus on incorporating skills they learn into a project-based learning module they can bring back to their classrooms. Participants will have the chance to remain engaged with the UF NHERI team for virtual class visits and field trips during the school year.