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Caltech-Exploratorium Summer Teacher Institute in the Life Sciences

For Immediate Release:
October 01, 2005

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Caltech-Exploratorium Summer Teacher Institute in the Life Sciences

New Model Program Beginning in San Mateo
Receives $1.2 Million from National Institutes of Health

The Exploratorium, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) have been awarded a $1.2 million Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health to develop the Caltech-Exploratorium Summer Teacher Institute in the Life Sciences (CESTI-LS). It is for middle and high school teachers, creating a model national program for integrating cutting-edge biological research in fields such as cellular biology, neurosciences, molecular and developmental biology, and genomics and bioinformatics into the middle and high school life sciences curriculum.

The five-year program will be developed and implemented in two phases. The first two years, Phase I, will be devoted to formulating and testing the CESTI-LS professional development curriculum and prototype classroom activities in San Mateo County. During the three-year period of Phase II, the Institutes will be open to teachers nationally.

The purpose is to strengthen teachers' knowledge of advanced life science research and develop new ways to integrate research into the classroom using inquiry-based, hands-on activities developed by the teachers themselves in concert with Exploratorium faculty, Caltech professors, and Caltech graduate students. Ultimately, CESTI-LS will strengthen student understanding of research in the life sciences and biomedical fields, and deepen the public's appreciation of the implications of that research for health and everyday life.

Over the five-year project period, CESTI-LS will support 75 middle and high school teachers in a sequential, in-depth, two-year program totaling some 190 hours of training. The curricula, activities, and teaching tools developed through the CESTI-LS will be incorporated into the Exploratorium's teaching programs, on-line teaching resources, and publications programs; and will also be disseminated nationally. SEPA programs serve K-12 students and teachers, as well as science centers and museums across the country. Many of the programs target underserved and/or minority populations that are less likely to pursue science careers. In addition, SEPA partnerships develop projects that educate the general public about health and disease, with the aim of helping people make better lifestyle choices as new medical advances emerge.

In the initial phase, SEPA programs form partnerships among biomedical and clinical researchers, educators, community groups, and other interested organizations to create programs that provide a better understanding of scientific research. In the second phase of the program, these SEPA-generated curricula are more broadly disseminated.

For more information about SEPA, visit www.ncrrsepa.org. Application details are available at www.ncrr.nih.gov/clinical/cr_sepa.asp.

About NCRR

The National Center for Research Resources, a part of the National Institutes of Health, strengthens and enhances the research environments and tools used by scientists who are working to prevent, detect, treat, and cure a wide range of diseases. By developing and funding essential research resources, such as imaging and bioinformatics technologies, pre-clinical models, and clinical research centers, NCRR contributes to major medical discoveries made by scientists supported by the National Institutes of Health. Additional information about NCRR can be found at www.ncrr.nih.gov.

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About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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