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Spotlight on Education: Braden River Middle Teacher Earns STEM Honor


BRADENTON -- Kathleen Brown, a 6th and 7th grade teacher at Braden River Middle School in East Bradenton, has been selected as one of only 50 middle and high school educators from across the country to take part in the exclusive Siemens STEM Institute fellowship, designed to bring teachers to the cutting edge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

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The Siemens STEM Institute is a one-of-a-kind, all-expense-paid weeklong immersion program that promotes hands-on, real-world integration of STEM in the classroom. The Siemens STEM Institute will take place this August, just outside of Washington, D.C., at the world headquarters of Discovery Communications – the world’s #1 nonfiction media company and home to such television networks as Discovery Channel, Science and Animal Planet.

Kathleen and the other teachers selected will be exposed to leading scientists, thought-leaders, personalities and innovators whose work across STEM disciplines shape and define our world today. The week will be filled with guest speakers at the forefront of STEM, field trips to leading institutions where Fellows will observe real-world applications of STEM subject matter, and opportunities for networking and collaborating with peers from across the nation.

The Siemens Corporation says the goal of the STEM Institute is to create a group of "STEM ambassadors" who can take what they learn this summer back into their own classrooms and become key influencers in their schools and communities.  The program is part of the Siemens STEM Academy, a national professional development community designed to support educators in their efforts to foster student achievement in STEM, and in doing so, help nurture tomorrow’s scientists and engineers by inspiring students to pursue these fields of learning.


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