Jennifer Smith was one of ten middle school teachers from across the U.S. to participate in the 2019 National STEM Scholar Program. Last week, she attended a weeklong training in Bowling Green, Kentucky to kick things off. As a middle school teacher, Jennifer plays a critical role in empowering and fostering the next generation of STEM leaders.
1: Jennifer was selected to participate in the 2019 National STEM Scholar Program, which was founded by the National Stem Cell Foundation in 2015 to foster the next generation of STEM pioneers.
2: The National Stem Cell Foundation is investing in middle school students now to ensure we can fill the STEM jobs of tomorrow—including scientists and researchers who will help to develop cures for diseases and health care conditions that today are thought to be incurable.
3: Research shows that middle school students who become excited about science are more likely to pursue STEM courses in high school and major in STEM subjects in college.
4: Jennifer and the other teachers selected for this year’s National STEM Scholar Program receive a laptop/tablet to facilitate ongoing collaboration, a generous stipend for technology and supplies to implement a classroom Challenge Project, and sponsored attendance at the National Science Teachers Association annual meeting next year.