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Foundation to Host Free Camps for Berks County STEM Teachers, Students at Lehigh University

by ASM International Materials Education Foundation

Apr 25, 2019

Reading, PA-The ASM Materials Education Foundation presents the Materials Camp for Berks County High School Teachers at Lehigh University on July 15-19, 2019. Materials Camps for teachers are free professional development workshops to help teachers understand and teach STEM subjects through real-world materials science examples. The Camps, held annually at Lehigh since 2010, are taught by experienced instructors and serve the growing need for materials science in the classroom as great motivators in any engineering, technology, or science course due to the accessible, real-world nature of materials topics.

The Lehigh Valley Materials Camp for Teachers five-day program assists local teachers with inquiry-based techniques to engage their students. This proven Camp provides teachers with simple, low-cost experiments that can be easily integrated into lesson plans. Over 97% of past participants surveyed have incorporated experiments and concepts they learned at Materials Camp into their lesson plans. Integration of the materials lessons into the classroom can spark student interest in career opportunities in science and engineering fields.

Since 2002, over 10,600 high school teachers have completed this program in locations throughout the US and Canada. Any high school or middle school science, engineering, technology, or math teachers should consider applying to participate.  Applications are accepted until the Camp is full.

The ASM Materials Education Foundation also announces a Materials Camp for Berks County High School Students, at Lehigh University from July 8-12, 2019. The student curriculum is similar to the Teacher Camp and is taught by Lehigh engineering graduate students. Starting in 2000, over 16,500 students have attended Camps in various locations throughout the US. While the Lehigh Materials Camp for students is booked this year, other locations can be found at www.asmfoundation.org.

Both the Lehigh Camps for Teachers and Students are sponsored primarily by Philadelphia-based Carpenter Technology Corporation. Reading, PA is home to Carpenter Technology’s largest manufacturing campus, its R&D facility, and the new Additive Manufacturing Technology Center.

The ASM Materials Education Foundation provides for the advancement of scientific and engineering knowledge through its support of education and outreach programs. Thanks to the hard work of ASM volunteers across the country, the ASM Foundation provides exciting opportunities for young people, encouraging them to pursue careers in materials, science, and engineering. To learn more about the Materials Camp program or ASM Materials Education Foundation, visit asmfoundation.org or call 440.338.5404 to speak with the ASM Foundation executive director.

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