UNM awarded education grant
The UNM School of Engineering has announced receipt of a major grant to send graduate teaching fellows into Albuquerque classrooms. The $1.8 million, three-year award from the National Science Foundation will enhance math and science learning for elementary, mid-school and high school students in West Mesa cluster schools.
Charles Fleddermann, School of Engineering professor and associate dean, is principal investigator. Class lessons will be designed around the fields of optics and photonics, he said.
Ten UNM graduate students in engineering and science will be selected each school year. Fellows begin training during the week prior to the start of school. Fleddermann said partnerships with APS teachers would be for the entire school year.
Other co-principal investigators are Phillip Duryea, College of Education associate dean for research, and Beth Everitt, Albuquerque Public Schools superintendent.
The NSF goal is to augment the learning experience for teachers to make them better instructors in science and, in turn, stimulate student interest in math and science.