The last program ran during July 2012. MORE
Watch a video about teachers' and partners' experiences with GW's Teachers in Industry Project.
- • Bridge the gap between ‘academic’ preparation (what is taught) and ‘professional’ development (what is needed) for participation in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics/STEM workforce of the future.
- • Provide insights into the demands and challenges of the 21st century work environment.
- • Highlight the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary for our the future STEM workforce.
- • Foster education and business partnerships to enrich the classroom content.
Externships at STEM Businesses
To achieve these goals, teachers spend three weeks participating in several externships in which they shadow employees at local STEM businesses to discover the 21st Century knowledge and skills their students will ultimately employ when they enter the workforce. The capstone of the externship is the development of educational transfer plans. Working with content area peers, the teachers identify the key knowledge, skills, and competencies they experienced in their externships and determine how to incorporate this into their classrooms.
The 2012 company participants were: DBI Architects, Dulles International Airport, Fortessa, Inc., Inova Loudoun Hospital, Lockheed Martin, Loudoun Water, Neustar, Rehau North America, and Telos Corporation.