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Professional Development Opportunity Available for Teachers

February 3, 2017
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, center, and Wyoming State Sen. Phil Nicholas, right, visit the ESP4T program
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, center, and Wyoming State Sen. Phil Nicholas, right, visit the ESP4T program and educators in attendance.

Educators interested in teaching students the latest in programming technology are urged to sign up for the 2017 Engineering Summer Program for Teachers (ESP4T) at the University of Wyoming.
 
ESP4T is a weeklong professional development workshop in Laramie, Wyo., which focuses on the use of Arduino and Raspberry Pi to teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for K-12 students. There are two summer sessions. First, the beginner level will start with a gentle "Introduction to Programming," followed by hands-on projects involving Arduino's and Raspberry Pi's.
 
The second session is an advanced level, expected to attract returning teachers from the 2016 ESP4T, as well as community colleges or other teachers with sufficient background. The workshop includes sessions on effectively applying this material in the classroom.
 
The workshop team is composed of UW professors, graduate students and undergraduate students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the UW Science and Mathematics Teaching Center and the College of Education.
 
In addition to instructing teachers in new STEM resources to use to introduce technology and engineering subjects into the K-12 learning system, the program goal is to provide an on-going resource for teachers who use these technologies in their classroom.
 
Participants can earn UW credit and/or PTSB credit on successful completion of program expectations, up to a $1,500 stipend, and Arduino and Raspberry Pi loaner kits for use in the classroom.
 
The deadline to register for the program is Feb. 14. To register, click here. For questions, contact Senior Project Coordinator Teddi Hofmann at thofmann@uwyo.edu.


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