WPI’s STEM Education Center recently received a grant of $ 1,139,476 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help recruit, train and place Teacher Prep students in urban school environments. The Robert Noyce scholarship program for teachers is a 5-year award designed to increase the availability of quality STEM education for all students, especially those attending schools in economically disadvantaged school districts, through the preparation of K-12 teachers year holders of degrees in science, mathematics or engineering.
Part of this grant-funded training involves partnering with local, city, and community organizations to provide 6-8 week summer internships for first- or second-year WPI students interested in exploring a career in teaching. . This summer, four Teacher Prep students were selected as Noyce interns for the following youth programs: Recreation Worcester – Division of Youth Opportunities; Girls Inc. of Worcester; the Latino Education Institute (LEI); and the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster.
As part of the Noyce Fellowship, a total of 4 juniors and seniors have been selected as Noyce Fellows for the 2021-2022 school year. As Noyce Scholars, these students have committed to teaching for 2 years in a needy urban neighborhood for each year they receive the scholarship. Congratulations to recipients Emma Beeler, Patrick E. McCarthy, Kersten L. Prince and Simon D. Rees.