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Call for Mentors

Help Pumps & Pipes bring real-world science to the classroom! Become a mentor for science, technology, engineering, arts and medicine (STEAM) teachers this summer!

If you’re a STEAM professional interested in engaging and inspiring the next generation of scientists, we invite you to join us as mentors during our 2019 Summer Teacher Externship, also known as the “Mentors for Mentors Program.” This three-day summer program provides STEAM industry externships for high-school teachers to develop creative ways to incorporate industry projects and real-world applied science into their classroom curriculums. Mentors and teachers will work together to create STEAM projects that bring science to life for students in the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to present their projects at the 2019 Pumps & Pipes Symposium in November.

The 2019 Summer Teacher Internship will be held on July 8-10 (see schedule below). We encourage Houston-area engineers, physicians, scientists, academics, and artists to participate as mentors.

To volunteer as a mentor or learn more, please email Nicole Pardo by June 15, 2019.

Program dates: July 8-10, 2019

Day 1: (Methodist Hospital Research Institute, 9 am – 3 pm).  General meeting with all the mentors and teachers. Each mentor will give a 30-minute talk about their industry and a problem that they are looking to solve.

Day 2: (Location and time TBD: to be held at each mentor’s place of work, time to set up by the mentor) On-site work with each of the mentors. Each mentor will work with two to three teachers directly at the mentor’s work place. Mentors and teachers can use this opportunity to collaborate and identify problems and potential solutions. Teachers will use the experience to develop a related classroom project for the students.

We ask that mentors allow the teachers to have a guided tour of their facility (labs, workshops, etc.) and sponsor lunch on site for the teachers.

Day 3: (Methodist Hospital Research Institute, 9 am – 3 pm).  The morning session will be a prep time for the teachers to formulate their project and outline questions, ideas, etc., discussed with the mentors the day before. In the afternoon, teachers will present a short PowerPoint to their peers and mentors. Mentor are only required to attend the afternoon session.

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