Note: this program is currently not taking any teachers for SNF.
The SNF RET program brings high school science teachers to Stanford to participate in an 8-week summer research experience. The teachers work on independent research projects at SNF under the mentorship of an SNF employee or faculty user. Participants undergo training and become lab users. They have direct interactions with research scientists, post-doctoral scholars, and graduate students while in the facility.
The SNF teachers also are part of the larger Stanford Summer Program for Science Teachers. This program serves high school science teachers working on projects on the Stanford campus for the summer and is run out of the Stanford Office of Science Outreach in partnership with Industry Initiatives in Science and Math Education (IISME), a nonprofit organization that helps place Bay Area teachers in summer fellowships. Teachers are recruited with the help of IISME. Participants spend Tues.-Fri. working on their individual projects. On Mon., the teachers come together to hear faculty talks, tour campus labs and facilities and discuss ways in which they will bring their summer experience back to their classrooms as all participants are required to develop an education transfer plan (ETP); an IISME peer coach helps work with teachers on their education transfer plans. At the end of the summer all the teachers present their work on their individual projects on a poster.
The SNF teacher stipends ($6400) are funded by NSF through the NNIN contract. In addition, teachers may earn an additional $600 from IISME by developing and implementing their education transfer plan.
Former RET Participants:
|Alvirne High School, Hudson, NH|
|Summers: 2004 and 2005|
|Mentor: Prof. Beth Pruitt|
|Project: Development of Force Probes for Studying Touch Sensation (pdf of poster)|
Education Transfer Plan
(2004): Students will observe a Powerpoint presentations
on the process of piezoresistive beam construction and then
participate in an activity which models photolithography.
Outcome goals involve students understanding the processes
involved in photolithography.
Education Transfer Plan (2005): The goal of the ETP is to provide students with a broad view on MEMS engineering and, specifically, how this process was applied to the particular research project of the touch sensor construction. The ETP will involve a power-point presentation accompanied by a demonstration of the actual sensor and this will be followed by a related assignment.
MEMS activity (Word doc)
|Del Mar High School, San Jose, CA|
|Mentor: Mahnaz Mansourpour|
|Project: NanoImprint Lithography|
Education Transfer Plan:
Technology is used in the classroom for labs. I would like
my students to be well-versed in the workings of more sophisticated
technology, such as those used at the Stanford Nanofabrication
Facility, to broaden their scope as to how science is performed
professionally.This can be achieved through useful classroom-constructed
analogies of the costly equipment and a powerpoint presentation
of the various types of technology that are used in nanoscience.
|Latino College Prepatory Academy, San Jose, CA|
|Mentor: Ed Myers|
|Project: Atomic Layer Deposition|
|Education Transfer Plan:
This ETP consists of giving students, primarily high school
students, a visual and friendly introduction to safety in
a high school chemistry classroom. I have prepared a one day
(55 minute) lesson plan for students. My goal is to make my
students more aware of the importance of conducting safe science
Safety ETP (pdf doc)
* Alfonso was hosted by
SNF but supported by the Center
of Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies.
|Junipero Serra High School, San Mateo, CA|
|Mentor: Ann Marshall, SNL|