Teachers learn how to teach STEM classes in program at Duke

Learning at Project Lead the Way at Duke University.

Nearly 100 teachers from across the state are meeting at Duke University this month to jump back into a student role. It’s part of Project Lead the Way.

The program is creating a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum for K through 12 students, but it has to be explained to teachers first. The training involves classes on robotics, computer science and engineering.

On Thursday, one group built model signs that rotate.

“Not every student will go into a technical degree. But it is meant to expose them to all those different avenues and aspects, whether it’s the medical side, the research side, engineering, whatever avenue they want to go into,” said Rachel Cogburn, a North Carolina affiliate director for Project Lead the Way.

The courses are jam packed and get teachers to dust off their thinking caps. In a matter of days teachers work through material that takes students all year.

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