WHAT: Northeastern University’s RE-SEED (Retirees Enhancing Science Education Through Experiments and Demonstrations) program will host its 14th annual conference for volunteers. More than 70 people are expected to attend, many of whom are volunteers in middle schools in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Participants will have a chance to discuss and present school science activities and take part in a problems and solutions session. There will also be an awards presentation for volunteers who have given 3, 5, or 10 years of service to RE-SEED.
The keynote speech, “Current Research Concerning Science Learning from Middle School to College,” will be given by Dr. Philip Sadler, Director of the Science Education Department at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Dr. Sadler will discuss his research findings on what can help or hinder the development of students’ scientific understanding. This speech, which is open to the public, will take place between 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Christos Zahopoulos, Ph.D., Director of RE-SEED and Executive Director of Northeastern’s Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Education, will lead a discussion about RE-SEED and the Center for STEM Education between 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 11, between 9:15 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.
WHERE: Raytheon Amphitheater, located in the Egan Research Center, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston.
RE-SEED is a Northeastern University program that prepares engineers, scientists, and other individuals with science backgrounds to work as volunteers, providing in-classroom support to upper elementary and middle school science teachers with teaching the physical sciences. After completing a comprehensive free training program, participants volunteer in middle school classrooms on the average once a week for at least one year. RE-SEED began in 1991 with six volunteers. To date close to 500 RE-SEED volunteers have worked in schools in about 100 communities throughout the country offering about 500,000 hours of their time. RE-SEED is part of the Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Education, which facilitates collaborations between Northeastern’s science, engineering and math departments.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. The university’s distinctive cooperative education program, where students alternate semesters of full-time study with semesters of paid work in fields relevant to their professional interests and major, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in six undergraduate colleges, eight graduate schools, and two part-time divisions. For more information, please visit www.northeastern.edu.