1998 TEA / NSTA Convention Notes
1998 TEA / NSTA Convention Notes
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm - 18 April 1998
Mr. Peter Amati, TEA 92/93, Holliston High School, Holliston, Massachusetts
Mr. Shawn Beightol, TEA 98/99, Wm. H. Turner Technical Arts High School, Miami,
Ms. Carole Bennett, TEA 96/97, Gaither High School, Florida
Ms. Elke Bergholz, TEA 98/99, United Nations International School, New York, New
Ms. Margaret Brumsted, TEA 96/97, Chelsea High School, Massachusetts
Mr. Sam Carter, TEA Computer Programmer, Rice University, Houston, Texas
Ms. Besse Dawson, TEA 97/98, Pearland High School, Pearland, Texas
Mr. Frederick Fotsch, TEA 95/96, Springfield, Missouri
Ms. Kim Giesting, Connorsville High School, Connorsville, Indiana
Mr. Mike Hardy, TEA Computer Programmer, Rice University, Houston, Texas
Mr. Adam Hawthorn, TEA Computer Programmer, Rice University, Houston, Texas
Mr. Paul Jones, TEA 97/98, Montezuma Community Schools, Iowa
Ms. Anna Klene, Researcher 97/98, SUNY-Albany, New York
Ms. Sandra Kolb, TEA 96/97, Fairview Junior High, Bremerton, Washington
Ms. Terry Lashley. TEA 97/98 Knoxville, Tennessee
Mr. John Nevin TEA 97/98, Crandon High School, Crandon, Wisconsin
Mr. George Palo, TEA 95/96, Gig Harbor High School, Gig Harbor, Washington
Ms. Marge Porter, TEA 93/94, Woodstock Academy, Woodstock, Connecticut
Ms. Barbara Schulz, TEA 96/97, Lakeside School, Seattle, Washington
Ms. Stephanie Shipp, TEA Coordinator, Rice University, Houston, Texas
Ms. Sandy Shutey, TEA 97/98, Butte High School, Butte, Montana
Mr. Steve Stevenoski, TEA 95/96, Lincoln High School, Wisconsin Rapids,
Dr. Wayne Sukow, TEA Program Officer, Directorate for Education and Human
Resources, National Science Foundation
Ms. Betty Trummel, Husmann Elementary, Crystal Lake, Illinois
Kathy Welch, Researcher 97/98, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Ms. Linda Wygoda, TEA 96/97, Sam Houston High School, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Discuss 1997/1998 field season - what worked, what did not work
Recommendations for upcoming field season; relationships with researchers,
districts, TEA parcticipants
Continued outreach (NSTA, Activities Workshop, etc.)
Preparing the PI
OPP/EHR can screen the researchers; are they really willing to serve as a mentor
to a teacher? Some PIs seem surprised that they are not just getting added research
Have the researcher pick the teacher (bid system?) so that they have some
"investment" in the success of the interaction.
EHR/OPP need to communicate expectations of research experience and
educational experience to the PI (some PIs received no communication).
TEA Program should send a set of hard copies of the TEA responsibilities (and
other pertinent information) to the PI so that they will comprehend the big-picture
of the TEAs educational responsibilities. Request that copies are circulated among the
Mentor the PIs - help them become effective mentors to the TEAs (e.g., develop a
preparatory video for PI).
Recommendations to the PI
TEAs are part of the research team - they are there to work for AND with the
researchers. This is a professional development opportunity. Respect for the
professionalism of all involved is key to a positive interaction.
Provide insight into the big and small picture of the research project.
Remember that it can be difficult to wait for reimbursement and that financial
resources for the visit to the lab may be scarce. Perhaps travel and accommodations
can be arranged directly through the Institution, or prompt payment of invoices can
If possible, help to expose the TEA to other types of research ongoing in the
research environment - without reducing the impact of the primary research
Recognize that the TEA has responsibilities (and does need some time each day) to
create a daily journal; this has a positive impact on the research team's science in
the public awareness.
Preparing the TEA
have previous TEAs become involved in the applicant review process
have previous TEAs interview the short list of applicants - we have a sufficient
number to effectively undertake this in some regions.
Recommendations to the TEA
TEAs should write a letter of introduction to their PI, tell the PI about themselves
and request informational materials for the upcoming field season. Perhaps include
a picture and a copy of your application.
TEAs need to inform the research team and PI of the TEA's responsibilities;
acquaint the team with the whole TEA program; demonstrate what has been done in
Discuss and "educate" PI and research team about what makes a good experience
based on previous experiences.
Understand that resources may be limited; a DAILY journal or electronic
transmission of images may not be possible, depending on the research location; be
Give time to get time - remember that you are a member of the team. When team
members give you time and information, give back by helping the team member
with their research - even "grunt work."
Recall that the mission of TEA is to have teachers parcticipate in the research
experience and infuse that experience into the classroom.
COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE - Recall that one of the many
strengths of teachers is their interpersonal skills - use these to an advantage
Recognize that your presence may be perceived as stepping into the
territory of other researcher members - again, use your interpersonal skills to perceive and
"Educate" the research team about your teaching style, methods, ideas, etc. Give a
presentation, work to develop activities that reflect best practices.
Preparing the District
OPP/EHR send a letter to the Principal, School District (a letter was not received
by many of the districts in the previous season).
Send press release to local paper, professional affiliations, school, district.
Mention school and district in the arcticle.
Send follow-up press to remind community that the TEA is back and is a
Remind the district of the impact of the experience.
Teacher as a researcher role model - modeling the scientific process.
Bringing current, pertinent science into the classroom.
Introducing innovative teaching tools and techniques.
Integrating technology into the curriculum.
Recommendations for Upcoming
All TEAs bring attention to TEAs going into the field in every upcoming
presentation - 3 to the Arctic; 8 to the Antarctic.
New TEAs should visit local schools to generate excitement about following the
adventure in the upcoming season.
Get the word out about TEA Arctic; inform school summer programs, museums, etc.
TEA "To-Do" List
Send arcticles to TEA archive
Submit a one page fact sheet that details their TEA Activities in the upcoming
year. This will be posted on the Website.
Create a TEAs-Only Web for TEA meeting notes, notices, evaluations, resources, etc.
- TEA at NSTA
pencils/stickers...something to give away that will remind teachers of
Continued growth of the program means
that we need to address issues of how to continue to support travel to TEA events (e.g.,
NSTA, Activities Workshop). There are a limited number of travel stipends available.
Individual TEAs are encouraged to apply for grants within the district, and
from other sources (e.g., Woodrow Wilson grants, grants in the school district,
Granting preference should be given to those presenting at NSTA.
Granting preference should be given to those who are demonstrably active in the
TEA program (creating activities, giving presentations, etc.).
There should be a sliding scale of support; some teachers cannot get additional
Three upcoming activities:
15-16 May Orientation at NSF. 98/99 and 97/98 TEAs with a few
other years represented will parcticipate in the preparation of the new parcticipants.
TEAs from previous years will mentor the new TEAs.
26 July to 1 August Activities Workshop at Rice University in
Houston, Texas. Attendance is limited to 14 and will be based on demonstrated
outreach in the classroom and contribution of developed and/or activities.
Applications will be available in early June. This will be a long, hard (HOT) week,
with the objective of brainstorming, developing and reviewing several activities and
placing them on the Website for use in other classrooms.
If you have activities, even partially completed, send them now. We can round them
out during the workshop, or by e-mail. Anyone can submit activities at any time!
Three sets are now on loan from Antarctic Support Associates. Three caretakers will
monitor the location and condition of the gear. Gear needs to be mailed
inexpensively - no overnight Fed Ex, UPS, etc. Plan ahead when you wish to use it and
contact the appropriate caretaker.
ECW Gear Contacts for each TEA year:
Carole Bennett (TEAntarctic 1996/1997)
Sickles High School
7950 Gunn Highway
Tampa, Florida 33626
Kim Giesting (TEAntarctic 1997/1998)
Connersville High School
1100 Spartan Drive
Connersville, IN 47331
(765) 825-1151 #319 (office)
(765) 825-5572 (home)
(765) 825-0777 (fax)
Betty Trummel (TEAntarctic 1998/1999)
131 Paddock Street
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
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