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Zebra Mussels Focus of Summer Institute

Keuka College was one of nine colleges and organizations selected to host a  Rochester Area Colleges’ Center for Excellence in Math and Science (RAC-CEMS) summer institute.

The Keuka institute, designed for high school science teachers, will be held July 26-29. It marks the second straight year that the College was chosen as an institute site.

The purpose of the Harris Rochester STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Teaching Institutes is to provide high quality professional development and establish a regional professional learning community committed to continuous improvement in STEM education.

“Using Zebra Mussels for Good, not Evil: Hands-on Experiments and Modeling Activities” is the title of the Keuka institute.

“We will provide teachers with a tool to transform a real world, local problem into an opportunity to engage in active, on-going, hands-on research with their students while increasing their understanding and use of science, mathematics and technology,” said Michael Keck, chair of the Division of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Physical Education and associate professor of chemistry.

Keck and Tim Sellers, associate professor of biology and environmental science will lead the workshop. Joining them will be Barb Demjanec, laboratory coordinator.

The Keuka Institute is free and high school teachers taking part will receive a $100 stipend.

For more information, or to register, visit the RAC-CEMS Web site at http://www.raccems.org/.  Contact Keck at mkeck@keuka.edu or Sellers at tsellers@keuka.edu.

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