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Teacher to Work with Top Scientists

A Wesport teacher was chosen to conduct research with some of the nation's top scientists.  A.J. Scheetz, Chair of the Westport Public Schools Science Department, has been selected as one of 20 middle-and high-school educators to participate in the Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARS) program.  For two weeks this summer, Scheetz will work with scientists on short-term projects focused on the most current and innovative scientific research happening today. Siemens Foundation provides this all-expenses paid professional development opportunity in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, America's largest national research laboratory, Discovery Education and College Board. Scheetz was selected from more than 100 applicants nationwide.

The announcement from the Superintendent Elliot Landon's office says, "As participants in the STARS program, educators will work in small groups and collaborate with scientific teams from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, conducting individually designed research projects offering real-world experience to bring back to the classroom.”   Teachers will also receive a $500 mini-grant to purchase equipment and/or supplies for their classrooms.

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