NCSA funded to build community of science education advocates

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This is a cool idea, and I’m glad that someone is being funded to do this. Found at NCSA’s web site

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) recently received $599,965 from the National Science Foundation to create a community of science education advocates who are expert in 21st century science and pedagogy and who will be well prepared to teach in today’s rural high school classroom.

The funded project, called Illinois Computational Chemistry Champions (I-C3), will focus on deepening teachers’ understanding of computational methods and their role in the chemistry classroom and will provide them with support to earn national recognition. Teachers will participate in a research experience to better understand the nature of science and will work with University of Illinois chemistry faculty to better prepare students for college-level work. By the project’s end, participants will gain National Board Certification and the Illinois Master Teacher designation. The participating teachers will become champions of science education in their communities, school districts, and the state of Illinois.

More in the article at NCSA. Too bad this is limited to Illinois…I think I’d be very good as part of a program like that.


  1. Great idea, to my opinion there is still a lot to better and apply up to date techniques, specially informatic equipment in our shools. Our kid will pay a lot more attention using “high tech” in the classroom.