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Asheville, NC – June 19, 2013 –Wayne Hamlin, physics and chemistry teacher at T. C. Roberson High School, and Loren Hord, math teacher at T. C. Roberson High School, have been accepted into the Research Experience for Teachers Program this summer. The program is through the Department of Computer Science at Appalachian State University and funded by the National Science Foundation to establish a Research Experience for Teachers Program site in Data Analysis & Mining, Visualization, and Image Processing.
The program selects 12 diverse high school teachers and community college faculty for an opportunity to work with university faculty mentors to conduct research in these fields.
"A major focus of the Next Generation Standards in Mathematics and Science is to elicit original research and modeling techniques to solve problems,” said Hamlin. “Becoming part of this National Science Foundation opportunity at Appalachian State University will enable us to continue working towards this endeavor and to help train our fellow teachers in basic research methodology."
During the six weeks of the course, participants gain skills to later assist their students in solving interdisciplinary problems. Participants will have hands-on experience with sample modules that they can use to teach in their courses.