North Texas teachers now have a new tool to teach science with the help of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
The Perot Museum’s Kosmos Energy STEM Teacher Institute kicked off July 6.
The institute will focus on the core elements of STEM which include science, technology, engineering and math.
The first 40 teachers have already started the institute at the Hockaday School in Dallas. They will have 140 students participating in the institute by the end of the year.
The institute will help teachers in grades K through 12.
The goal of the new institute will equip participating teachers with knowledge, tools, creativity and enthusiasm to increase interest and engagement among their students in those STEM subjects.
The museum’s CEO explained why the institute was needed.
"Most elementary school teachers don't have any basis in science, and the state does not test for science until the fifth grade,” said Perot Museum CEO Colleen Walker. “We have kindergarten through fourth grade really receiving a very small portion of the science curriculum. We want to get kids excited early."
Teachers who are accepted into the institute will attend a week long summer academy, and then will have continued workshops throughout the year.
Kosmos Energy has already agreed to sponsor the institute for the next three years
For more information on the institute you can visit the museum’s website.