Teacher scholarships to MIT science and engineering program offered

The MIT Alumni Club of Maine invites Maine middle and high school science and engineering teachers to apply for Club scholarships to the MIT Science and Engineering Program for Teachers (SEPT) this June.

SEPT is a one-week, residential program at MIT that aims to extend the ability of middle and high school teachers to engage their students in science and related technical curricula. MIT’s objective in running SEPT is to create an ever-growing cadre of teachers who have been through the program and have returned to their districts and shared what they have learned with other teachers. The program has been operating for more than 20 years and has an excellent reputation among the teachers who have participated in the past.

Attendees will hear a broad update on modern science and engineering, with lectures on a range of science and engineering topics emphasizing cutting-edge research results, plus hands-on laboratory sessions organized around science teaching tools that can be brought back to the classroom. The program this year runs from June 23-29, and the class size is limited to 30 teachers. A more detailed description can be found on MIT’s SEPT website. Completion of the program results in four continuing-education credits.

The MIT Alumni Club of Maine is a professional and fraternal association of MIT alumni who reside in the state. Part of the Club’s mission is to promote science and engineering literacy among Maine high school students, and to encourage them to consider science and engineering professions. The MIT Club is offering two scholarships covering MIT’s fee ($1,000) for the program to teachers who are interested in participating in SEPT this summer.

To apply for a Club scholarship, please download the SEPT application from the “apply” page of the above-referenced website, and submit the completed application to the Club by emailing it to jgibbons@alum.mit.edu. The deadline for submitting scholarship applications to the Club is Feb. 22. The scholarship decisions will be made by Feb. 27. Program applications are due to MIT by March 4.

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