The 39th Annual SECME Summer Institute was held at the University of Alabama, from June 21-27, 2015. The seven-day K-12 STEM Institute Experience was attended by 130 educators from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Missouri, Texas, North Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C. Of the 130 educators, there were 42 teachers, 5 school administrators, and 9 undergraduate scholars of the Alabama Black Belt partnership. These individuals are sponsored by the Tuskegee University MSP NanoBio Science in Partnership for the Alabama Black Belt Region.
The SECME Summer Institute is comprised of three components: 1) K-12 STEM Institute Experience, focuses on professional development for classroom teacher and school administrators; 2) STEM Pipeline Diversity Summit focuses on district, state, university, industry, and government leadership; and 3) National Student Competition focuses on SECME student team championship competitions and the celebrating student success.
There were 54 concurrent professional development module sessions that incorporated a NanoBio Science Academy Strand of nine workshops. The NanoBio Science modules are listed below:
- Tuskegee University: "The Art of Balancing Chemical Equations: The Truth Behind the Untold Story"
- Tuskegee University: "The Super Gene Brothers: DNA vs. RNA"
- Alabama State University: "DNA at the Hands of a Nanopore"
- Alabama State University: "Immunology Using ELISA Simulation"
- Alabama State University: "Mechanical and Chemical Weathering: Erosion by Wave, Water, Wind, and Glacier; Modeling of a Sink Hole"
- Auburn University: "Identity Crisis: A Raman Approach to Nano"
- University of Alabama: "The ABCs of Nano"
- University of Alabama: "The Many Transformations of Energy: Generating Light from Chemical Energy"
- University of Wisconsin: "Exploring Atom Behavior and Interactions using Atom Touch"
These module presentations were also open to other K-12 Institute participants. Each module was evaluated by participants using instruments created by the MSP evaluator from Auburn University. The K-12 Professional Development Experience also included professional learning communities led by SECME Master Teacher Mentors, events with Summit Pipeline participants and participation in the SECME National Student Competition Day, and state standard sessions led by State Department of Education STEM representatives.
The NanoBio Science Cohort's schedule, during the K-12 Professional Development Experience included an opening session that outlined the focus of the cohort's deliverables; nine concurrent professional development modules ranging from 90 to 120 minutes; two focus group sessions led by the NanoBio Research Team, Drs. Dee Goldston and Melody Russell; three Professional Learning Community meetings that included work on participants' 2015-2016 School Implementation Plans; workshop with Alabama Department of Education's Dr. Michal Robinson - Science Curriculum Specialist; and Keynote address by Dr. Yvonne M. Spicer - Vice President of Advocacy & Educational Partnerships.