A Van Vleck High School teacher got to experience the new technologies that are being advanced that will lead to jobs for our youth.
Victor Peña, a science teacher who is also the boy’s basketball coach and an assistant coach for the football team, went to Livermore, Calif., this summer for a two-week workshop at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Peña is a sponsor for Workforce Industry Training at Van Vleck that is made possible through the Nuclear Power Institute, Texas A&M University, and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station.
“The information gained at the TRA event will not only enable me to grow and learn as an individual, but enhance my knowledge in certain areas of science so that I can become a better and more solidified educator,” Peña said.
At the Teacher Research Academies, teachers participated in a variety of standards-based instruction that allows them to progress from beginner to novice and possibly mastery in exciting scientific disciplines while able to experience the application of real world science in the environment.
“I went to three workshops which dealt with 3D printing, biochemistry and astrophysics,” Peña said.
The teachers learned about 3D printing and designing in a hands-on workshop designed to equip today’s educators to use it in the classroom.
“We created a boat using a 3D model and raced them against each other,” Peña said. “And we found out about the different ways 3D printing is being applied around the world, like houses being built using 3D printing.”
The bioscience workshop focused on learning science by doing science. It provided an opportunity to expand lab skills and discusses how authentic, rigorous lab experiences can be integrated in various curriculums.
In Astrophysics, the workshop focused to deliver content in highly engaging areas of physics and astronomy, taking participants to cutting-edge research while allowing them to see and talk to scientists and engineers on the job.
“The workshop talked about the different astrophysics jobs around, including NASA,” Peña said.
By Chad Washington, firstname.lastname@example.org