NKU’s CINSAM continues STEM teacher training with Duke Energy Foundation investment

Duke Energy Foundation’s Kim Vogelgesang & CINSAM

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM) continues its partnership with the Duke Energy Foundation to create powerful communities by expanding STEM teacher training.

CINSAM’s Next Generation STEM Classroom Project 2.0 (NextGen STEM Project) has received a $32,000 grant as part of the Duke Energy Foundation’s $250,000 cumulative investment. The Duke Energy Foundation’s Powerful Communities program makes strategic investments to build powerful communities where our students can excel. The CINSAM funds supports the NextGen STEM Project’s mission to educate middle school teachers on STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“Duke Energy is pleased to continue to support programs, like the NextGen STEM Classroom that enhance our local schools by training teachers to educate other teachers on STEM,” said Kim Vogelgesang, Duke Energy Foundation. “Duke Energy has provided over $230,000 dollars to the CINSAM programming over the last five years because we know how important STEM training is for future success of educators, students and a vibrant community.”

This year’s funds will allow 20 teachers to participate in the NextGen STEM Classroom project that takes place over the course of the school year and is embedded in school districts around the region. The NextGen STEM project focuses on learning in a “fishbowl” environment. CINSAM’s master teachers Ella Bowling and Amber Carter demonstrate a STEM lesson to a class of students with teachers observing around the room. After the “fishbowl” class, the teachers meet with the CINSAM staff for a recap breakdown of the lesson to reflect on their observations and explore ways to apply lessons learned to their own teaching.

“The Duke Energy Foundation’s ongoing commitment to the Next Generation STEM Classroom Project has been crucial in increasing access to this high quality teacher professional development,” said Dr. Madhura Kulkarni, CINSAM director. “Without Duke’s sustained support, the project’s impact on middle school students’ hands-on, minds-on STEM learning would be much diminished.”

For more information on the CINSAM Next Gen STEM Classroom, visit its website.