Daniel Suarez, a recent graduate of Georgia State who will be starting his career as a middle school teacher this fall, joined the Stanley lab for three weeks this summer. While here he worked to develop a neuroscience lesson geared towards the middle school age range that is both interactive and informative. At the end of his time he demonstrated his lesson in front of a panel of researches and was given feedback. He will now be able to take this lesson whim as he starts teaching with a continued pledge of support from the Stanley lab.
The GIFT program provides paid summer STEM internships in industry workplaces and university laboratories for K-12 science, mathematics, and technology teachers. Teachers spend 4 to 7 weeks experiencing first hand how industrial scientists and researchers approach problems, design experiments, interpret data, communicate findings, and develop and implement workplace solutions. GIFT offers teachers real world applications of the subjects they teach, allowing them to increase content knowledge and gain practical examples of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics applications for enriched instruction and teaching practices based on evidence-based experiences.