Tesha Frederick sees the endless possibilities of teaching science, thanks to a University of Wyoming (UW) program that promotes STEM careers.
Frederick, a kindergarten-first-grade teacher, was among 30 teachers – -mainly from various Wyoming school districts — on the UW campus this summer for a 10-day schedule that included various STEM-related workshops.
In its first year, the program, called RAMPED (for robotics, applied mathematics, physics and engineering design), is planned as a three-year, federally funded Wyoming Department of Education Math and Science Partnership grant program, according to Andrea Burrows, UW College of Education secondary education science assistant professor, who led the program.
The program was originally developed when leaders and teachers from the Natrona County School District created a strategic plan to boost graduation rates. They worked with UW instructors in developing the RAMPED program.
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