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ERC EUV to Serve as Research Experience for Teachers Site


The Engineering Research Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology, directed by ECE Professor Jorge Rocca, recently received another award from the National Science Foundation to serve as a Research Experience for Teachers (RET) site. The grant is a joint collaboration between Colorado State, CU-Boulder, and UC-Berkeley.

Building on the successes of the previous RET grant, EUV Center Education Director Kaarin Goncz and faculty from the Center will work in concert with Dr. Michael de Miranda, professor of Engineering Education in the School of Education, to reach out to high school teachers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines. The team will focus primarily on teachers in districts that support underrepresented minority groups.

The main goal of the site is to provide workshops in lasers and optics, internships, and other professional development opportunities for teachers that allow them to modify and build new classroom curriculum. Few places in the world offer this unique research focus area in the EUV sciences, and the grant represents a big step forward in efforts to train the next generation of STEM teachers.