Are you a high school science teacher interested in one week of scientific research experience?
The Field Experiences for Science Teachers (FEST) program is funded by the National Science Foundation and based in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University. Connecticut-based teachers of earth science (or related fields such as environmental science, physics, or chemistry) at the high school level are eligible to participate. Participants spend one week working on the Seismic Experiment for Imaging Structure beneath Connecticut (SEISConn) project, which aims to study the structure of the crust and upper mantle beneath Connecticut. Teachers participate in the installation and maintenance of seismic recording equipment in northern Connecticut and learn about the science goals of the SEISConn project, as well as tools for teaching about seismology and geophysics in the high school classroom. Teacher participants receive a $1000 stipend for participation in the one-week program. The 2017 FEST program will take place during the week of August 7.
A poster on the FEST program that was presented at the 2015 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union can be viewed here. Yale News recently did a profile of the SEISConn project, which can be viewed here. A short paper describing the FEST program was published in Seismological Research Letters in 2017; it can be viewed here.
Applications for the 2017 FEST program have closed, and four teacher participants will spend a week working in the field in August. Please watch this space for updates about future opportunities to participate in the program.