Project aims to improve science teachers' skills

June 03, 1994

Western Maryland College and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation have developed a four-year project to enhance the skills of science teachers in inner-city schools.

The project also will try to increase the number of minority students in Baltimore who pursue careers in the life sciences.

During the project's first year, 15 Baltimore high school science teachers will visit Western Maryland College in Westminster to increase their knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay in a two-week field course, July 10-22.

Participants will get a $400 stipend and three hours of graduate credit.

To be eligible, teachers must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, current Maryland teaching certification, experience in teaching at the high school level and the recommendation of a department head or principal.

Most of the 15 selected will be active science teachers, but a limited number of teachers from other disciplines will be included.

This year, the teachers will examine nearby watersheds and the effects these watersheds have on the environment.

Beginning at the headwaters of the Patapsco River, adjacent to the college, they will collaborate with college instructors and foundation personnel to design appropriate observational and analytical experiences of the bay.

During years two to four of the project, the emphasis will shift to students.

Some 45 Baltimore high school students, 15 each summer, are expected to study in the project. Students will be nominated by their biology teachers.

The project is to be financed by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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