Contact: Diane Greenberg, or Mona S. Rowe
Phone: 516-344-2347 or 344-5056
For six days this summer, 60 elementary school teachers from 21 school districts in Long Island, New York City and Orange and Ulster Counties learned science by performing their own experiments at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, as part of a statewide initiative known as MSTe, or "Integrating Mathematics, Science and Technology in the Elementary School." Funded primarily by the National Science Foundation, the program is a multi-year collaborative effort of the New York State Education Department, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Hofstra University and Brookhaven Lab to improve and integrate the teaching of mathematics, science and technology in New York State elementary schools. The teachers will bring back their insights from their Brookhaven visit to teams of teachers in their own districts. Eventually, the project will include more than 1,200 teachers. Immersed in a hydroponics experiment at Brookhaven are (from left, clockwise): Myra Brand, Stratford Road School, Plainview; Nichole Kennedy, I.S. 334, Brooklyn; Ingrid Finch, P.S. 335, Brooklyn; Karl Swyler, Brookhaven Lab; Kathy Haack, Westhampton Beach Elementary School; Henry Hahn, Brookhaven Lab; Carolyn Clark, Mount Sinai Middle School; and Lynn Marshall, Westhampton Beach Elementary School.