Reprinted from the Crimson White.
For the third year, teachers from around the state and southeast regions will be traveling to the University’s ASM Material Camp. The camp is designed to guide middle and high school science teachers on interactive ways to instruct students in the physical sciences. The camp will be June 3-7 on campus.
Dr. Martin Bakker, associate professor of chemistry, was approached in late 2010 by ASM International to host a camp. The first materials camp drew 18 teachers; the second year attracted 23. Bakker said the purpose of the camp is to show teachers experiments using common materials found at local home improvement stores.
“The philosophy of the week is for the teacher to show students experiments that attract their attention,” Bakker said. “Afterward teachers can explain how it’s important and what students can learn from it.”
Dr. Greg Thompson, professor in the department of metallurgical and materials engineering, joined Bakker in 2012 to co-host the second materials camp. Thompson said teachers need to engage middle school and high school students in science, math and engineering.