STEM ECHS teacher attends national science conference

STEM ECHS teacher attends national science conference
Posted on 10/19/2018

STEM Early College High School Science Teacher Gabriela Gomez recently attended the Society for Science & the Public’s Research Teachers Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Society is one the nation’s oldest nonprofit membership organizations dedicated to public engagement in science and science education.

Gomez spent the weekend learning how to better support her students in conducting original scientific research and enhance their love of science. She was chosen by lottery as one of 200 science educators to attend the all-expense-paid weekend out of more than 1,000 applicants.

“When I learned I was selected for the conference, I was in disbelief,” Gomez said. “This experience helped me grow not only as an educator, but also as an individual. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity.”

The Research Teachers Conference is an opportunity for science research teachers at all levels of experience to share best practices and troubleshoot any challenges they face in supporting students in independent science research.

“This conference gave me the opportunity to learn how to implement science research into my classroom,” Gomez added. “I also now have a new network of educators to bounce ideas off of and share information with.”

Other topics included completing research in a high school lab, finding and placing students in summer programs, leading research with limited resources, combating plagiarism, reaching underserved students and more.

Before the conference, Gomez also had the opportunity to sight see and visit the Museum of Natural History and the Air and Space Museum.

Way to go, Ms. Gomez!

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