Opportunity for Teachers!

Posted: 28 October 2021

Filed Under: Our Fair

Advancing Science Research Teaching Program (ASRT)

ASRT is an in-person, free, educational outreach program that is designed to equip high school teachers with the knowledge, insights and activities to increase the amount, type and scope of science research projects for their high school students.

The ASRT program is being offered for free to selected high school teachers and/or Science Fair Directors who apply and meet the criteria, thanks to funding from Regeneron and ZEISS.

The ASRT program is customized to help high school teachers who provide science research opportunities within a traditional STEM classroom setting, or helping those with a small, growing research program/club, or even helping those with more established Science Research Programs/Clubs. High school teachers may apply individually or as a group.

The high school teacher(s) or science fair directors who are selected as “Finalists” will receive multiple days of in-person consulting sessions at or near their school(s). Additional teachers may be selected as “Semifinalists” and will receive 2 days of consulting via an online/virtual format.

In all cases, the ASRT sessions will be customized to help high school teachers to reach their goals and overcome obstacles.

Exciting changes for the 2022 ASRT Program include:

  • Previously, only the summer months were available, however for 2022, options are available in January, February, April, June, July, August, September and October.
  • Previously, ASRT was only offered during the summer and the only model was a 4.5 day, in-person workshop (Monday-Friday). However, for 2022, ASRT is now being offered during the school year as well, so there is an additional option to run the in-person workshop for 3.5 days (Wednesday afternoon, Thursday, Friday & Saturday) with additional follow-up sessions online during the subsequent months. Alternative options may also be available.

The selection process for the Advancing Science Research Teaching Program (ASRT)

Applicants will be evaluated by a committee from Regeneron and/or ZEISS, on the basis of a number of different criteria including, but not limited to:

  • Their interest in increasing the number of activities that build understanding & critical thinking, technology-based skills, networking skills, presentation skills and lifelong skills.
  • Their interest in increasing the number of high school students who carry out projects and participate in regional, state, national and international science fairs.
  • Their interest in increasing the quality/level of the projects that their high school students are involved in.
  • Their interest in increasing the types/categories of the projects that their high school students are involved in.
  • Their level of support from the school community and their administration for creating science research/STEM opportunities for high school students.

The application will remain open until November, 14, 2021. Teachers and/or science fair directors who have applied will receive an email regarding whether or not they were selected by early December.

Thank you in advance for applying or forwarding the information to high school teachers or other science fair directors who you think may benefit from this opportunity. 

Link to apply for High School Teachers: https://forms.gle/W3335h1vRFP6aojVA

Please remember that the online application deadline is Sunday, November 14th at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time).

Please see the FAQ section of the www.ASRTprogram.com website for additional information and feel free to email or call with any questions.

Michael Blueglass
ASRT Program Director
Regeneron-Westchester (NY) Science and Engineering Fair President
[email protected]
(914) 447-3568 

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