Stacy Morganroth-Lapham, a teacher at Hartwell School — one the CPS district's Excellent-rated neighborhood elementary schools — has been selected to participate in the Department of Energy's (DOE) Academies Creating Teacher Scientists (ACTS) program at Argonne National Laboratory.
The ACTS program bridges the world of research and education by engaging teachers in actual research projects and encouraging them to apply their new knowledge and skills in the classroom to inspire future generations of scientists, engineers and mathmeticians.
Morganroth-Lapham works with Argonne on research projects in an effort to develop content appropriate to the classes she teaches at Hartwell.
"My work (at Argonne) has been truly unique," she says. "Working side by side with world-renowned scientists opens my eyes to the reality of science in everyday life. As Cincinnati Public Schools and GE Aviation have said over the last few years, math and science are just everyday stuff. My experience reiterates that point."
The ACTS program is a paid, three-year summer internship for science, technology, engineering and mathematics educators in grades 5-12. Teachers spend between four and eight weeks at one of the DOE's national laboratories for three consecutive summers.