The STEMcoding Project is partnering with the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in Dayton, Ohio to offer a summer teacher fellowship during summer 2022. We are looking for a computationally-interested high school math teacher from Ohio to work with us over 6-9 weeks to collaborate in the creation of innovative new classroom activities that incorporate relevant computer science and mathematics concepts. Prof. Chris Orban from Ohio State University and CDR Royce James, Ph.D. at AFIT will oversee the project.
Funding for this fellowship is provided by Department of Defense High Performance Computing (DOD HPC). Supercomputing is an important tool for solving defense-related scientific and engineering problems. The goal of the fellowship is ultimately to broaden and diversify the “pipeline” of students who go on to develop these skills. Currently, only about 1 in 2 high schools have a computer science teacher. Math teachers are well positioned to meet this need, either by integrating computer science into their curricula, or by becoming credentialed to teach computer science classes.
Requirements: Currently employed high school mathematics teachers in Ohio who are US citizens. Teachers must be interested in integrating computation into their curriculum. Prior coding or computer science experience is not necessary.
Time: 6 – 9 weeks during summer 2022 (exact duration is negotiable)
Where: Virtually with occasional visits to the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio.
Compensation: $1000 per week plus funds to present at a national or regional education conference in fall 2022.
Projects: Creating innovative classroom activities that mix computer science and mathematics concepts.
Deliverables: 1. A final report outlining activities during summer 2022 2. A final PowerPoint presentation in Dayton in late July or early August.
Other perks: Getting a tour of supercomputer facilities at Wright Patterson Air Force Base
We especially value applications from teachers who are leaders in their local professional networks who may be able to impact other teachers with the skills they gain. Likewise, we also value teachers who have a leadership role in their districts regarding curriculum. We are especially committed to this “fellowship” supporting professional networks with high impacts in diverse learning communities that can demonstrate equitable and inclusive outcomes.
The exact duration of the summer fellowship is negotiable (between 6 and 9 weeks) but we may need to prioritize teachers who are able to spend closer to 9 weeks with us for the position. These do not all need to be consecutive weeks, however a main requirement is to be ready to give a formal presentation on the project during the last week of July.
Interest or experience with education research (broadly defined) is a plus. Our hope is that the final summer report will ultimately be published in a periodical for teachers.