In the Summer of 2020 the Center for Dynamics and Control of Materials MRSEC, along with the Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC) for Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing and Mobile Energy Technologies (NASCENT) and Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR), created a virtual professional development program for the teachers who were selected to participate in the Research Experience for Teachers.

 

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Meet the mentors!

RET Curricular Materials

Blue Sky in a Cup

Grade Level: 3rd - 5th
Subject Area: Data Analysis & Probability, Earth/Space, Physics, and Reasoning & Proof
Teacher: Arianna Dial
School: Bagdad Elementary

Chromaful Art

Teacher: Stephanie Valenzuela
School: PhD Graduate Student, Chemistry Department at UT Austin

Color through Coding

Grade Level: 4th - 8th
Subject Area: Chemistry, Computer Science, and Science & Technology
Teacher: Ariel Kay and Cecilia Osornio
School: Govalle Elementary and Wilhelmina Delco Elementary School

Crystallization of Sugar - Creation of homemade rock sugar candy

Grade Level: 3rd - 5th
Subject Area: Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics, Problem Solving, Reasoning & Proof, and Science & Technology
Teacher: Patricia González-Villaseñor
School: Bernice Hart Elementary

CSI: Messy Classroom and Modeling Mass Spectrometry

Grade Level: 3rd - 8th
Subject Area: Science
Teacher: Amanda Lengnick-Hall
School: Cunningham Elementary

Exploring Deposition through Art

Grade Level: 3rd - 5th
Subject Area: Earth/Space and Science & Technology
Teacher: Irene Hidalgo and Jennifer Sladek
School: Casey Elementary and Boone Elementary

Fizzy Water

Teacher: Stephanie Valenzuela
School: PhD Graduate Student, Chemistry Department at UT Austin

Is Your Tool up to the Task

Grade Level: 3rd - 8th
Subject Area: Science
Teacher: Becky Spillers
School: Purple Sage Elementary

Kaleidoscopes and Refraction

Grade Level: 5th Grade
Subject Area: Science
Teacher: Dara Reeder
School: Callison Elementary School

Leaf Chromatography

Grade Level: 4th Grade
Subject Area: Science
Teacher: Melissa Saldana
School: Caldwell Heights Elementary School

Lights! Camera! Action!

Grade Level: 3rd - 5th
Subject Area: Physical Science
Teacher: Zachary Wilborn
School: Ruth Barron Elementary

Like Sand through the Hourglass

Grade Level: 3rd - 8th
Subject Area: Science
Teacher: Becky Spillers
School: Purple Sage Elementary

Liquid Crystal and Nanotechnology

Grade Level: 5th
Subject Area: Science
Teacher: Amanda Lengnick-Hall
School: Cunningham Elementary

Liquid Density

Grade Level: 3rd - 5th
Subject Area: Data Analysis & Probability, Chemistry, Physical Science, Problem Solving, and Reasoning & Proof
Teacher: Marianella Garza and Monica Sanchez
School: Mendez Elementary and Bernice Hart ECP Elementary

Living in a Metric World

Grade Level: 3rd - 8th
Subject Area: Science
Teacher: Becky Spillers
School: Purple Sage Elementary

Nature-Inspired Soap

Grade Level: 3rd-8th
Subject Area: Science
Teacher: Olivia Barrow
School: Bernice Hart ECP Elementary

“Nothing Else Matters”...or does it?

Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
Subject: Physical Science and Problem Solving
Librarian: Catherine Jones
School: Purple Sage Elementary

Optical Obstacle Course

Grade Level: 4th - 6th
Subject Area: Physics
Teacher: Kathy Rogers
School: Wooldridge Elementary

Piano in A Box

Grade Level: 1st Grade
Subject: Physics
Teacher: Raianna Markham
School: Cunningham Elementary

Real World Ratios: Viscosity Investigation

Grade: 4th - 8th
Subject: Science
Teacher: Ashika Ganguly
School: Mathews Elementary

Scanning Probe Microscopy Design Challenge

Grade Level: 3rd - 8th
Subject Area: Science
Teacher: Becky Spillers
School: Purple Sage Elementary

Solar Powered Insects

Grade Level:1st Grade
Subject: Science
Teacher: Wendilyn Ilund
School: Caldwell Heights Elementary School

Starlight, Star Bright, Which Light Will Turn My Paper White?

Grade Level: 3rd - 5th
Subject Area: Science & Technology
Teacher: Arianna Dial
School: Bagdad Elementary

What’s the Matter? Observing the properties of matter to decide on best material to make a book cover

Grade Level: Kinder - 2nd
Subject: Physical Science
Teacher: Diana Garcia
School: DeZavala Elementary