My RET Experience @ Tuskegee

Why a summer at Tuskegee?

I am a 6th grade middle school science teacher from Greenville, South Carolina, at Greenville Early College, “Home of the Eagles”.  I wanted to be here at Tuskegee University; to observe and learn from Dr. Korivi and Dr. Jiang’s Microelectronics’ lab, in hopes of engaging my students this year.  My goal is to infuse aspects of the lab’s research in my projects planned for this school year.  What an experience thus far!

This lab has been full of invigorating activities and I have been absorbing ideas from the professors and engineering lab students.  One might conclude that 6th grade is too young to benefit from such an experience.  To the contrary…


Designing wave guides to control an optical path, which will result in my students’ use of diodes for their projects this year.


New materials for capacitors, where my students can look to the future for outerwear to charge their cellphones and iPods.


Innovations from the use of 3-D printers to fabricate materials for lab testing, giving my students a glimpse of STEM jobs they can look forward to.

My experience was enhanced by an INTEL outreach visit, confirming and validating the semiconductor research going on here in the lab.  I’d like to add, as perceived by me, to be identical to some of the INTEL research in Oregon.  Visiting high school students participating in the lab outreach programs provide me with a fresh perspective on my old ideas for my younger students.

Some of my planned integrated science and math projects this year for my 6th graders include:

  1. Wire a house using LEDs and the use of alternative sources of energy (solar cells, salt water, fruit juice).  Data gathered to be used in math lessons.
  2. Agritecture – Hydroponics, Vertical farming, and Virtual sun (LEDs) to germinate and grow plants.  Data, to be tracked with the use of soil sensors, can be analyzed during math lessons.
  3. Design a Zoo – Research sources of heat (microelectronics) and measurements for habitat studies and animal classification graphics.
  4. Weather Scope – A study of weather and climate with real-time data projects and application of microelectronics, where data is to be analyzed in math class.

Why a summer at Tuskegee for an educator?  Why not! The CIAN Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program makes this possible. Thank you to the following:  CIAN, Dr. Korivi, Dr. Jiang, Jean-Pierre, Lamont, Steven, and Nabila!  Eagles, here I come!

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Marie is a Middle School Science facilitator at Greenville Early College, in Greenville, South Carolina.  As a facilitator of knowledge, her philosophy is to take advantage of her students’ curiosity, allowing them to explore their natural world, to learn.  Their engagement is best done through collaborative efforts with their peers guided by Marie’s instruction.  Marie shares, “This makes learning fun for us all, as I learn as much from them as they do from me, I think.  What I love best is the laughter; always a fun mishap and it is truly never dull!  I particularly enjoy six grade and am a  National Board Certified Science Teacher in Early Adolescent Science.  I have taught six grade for 19 years, hold a Bachelors in the Natural Sciences, and a Masters in Educational leadership.  As in my second lab, my kitchen, I am always looking for new ways to teach and old, but relevant concept, just as I want a new way to revive and old recipe.  This brings me to Tuskegee this summer for RET 2015 ( ). I’ve been participating in Dr. Korivi and Dr. Jiang’s Microelectronics Lab, observing research on capacitors, photo wave guides, 3D printing technology, and growth of microbes on silicon wafers.  I am using aspects of the lab’s research to develop, as well as improve some problem-based projects, that my students will develop solutions to this school year.  When I am not working, I spend time outdoors, hiking, bicycling, and am an avid yoga practioner, traveling with my mat wherever life takes me, including Auburn and Tuskegee this summer.”

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