Summer program gives CMS teachers hands-on experience in STEM technologies

Summer program gives CMS teachers hands-on experience in STEM technologies

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Dozens of CMS teachers are heading back to school early this summer.

WBTV is told that teachers from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will engage in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) internship at Central Piedmont Community, learning how to prepare their students for jobs of the 21st century.

Eric Easton helps run the Engineering & Technology Department at CPCC.

"We want to get these teachers out to the environment where they can see the robotics equipment that is being manufactured, the automation, and the math-science skills that it takes to one day become an idea employee for the industries and companies in the Charlotte area," Easton said.

The internship is part of CMS' STEMersion program.

Following their instruction at CPCC, WBTV was told the teachers will participate in a handful of professional development immersion internships with some of the top STEM businesses and industries in the Charlotte area, including Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bosch Rexroth, Piedmont Natural Gas, Microsoft and Duke Energy.

Diana Shell teaches AP Environmental Science. She said she participated in the STEMersion program last summer and took what she learned back into her classroom.

"One of the things that is very important in my curriculum is to teach my students about energy," Shell said. "That starts with how we create energy and the infrastructure that supports that type of energy production."

As part of STEMersion 2015, teachers will create curriculum for use within classrooms across the district.

"The partnership with the local STEM companies will help teachers understand how STEM comes to life in the workplace so they can create interesting and relevant lesson plans and authentic projects intended to spark student interest and curiosity in these in-demand career fields," said Kathy Scott Rummage, Executive Director of Communications at Central Piedmont Community College.

WBTV is told 50 teachers are participating in the two week program.

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