The NACE Foundation of Canada recognizes that an efficient way to encourage students to consider careers in science, engineering and technology is by engaging them through their high school science teachers.
Currently the foundation is preparing for the 2010 ASM Materials Camp for Teachers, which will be held July 5 – 9, 2010 at Ashbury College in Ottawa. The camps have been promoted at popular venues for teachers like the Annual Conference of the Science Teachers Association of Ontario and classes in the education department at the University of Ottawa.
In February, the NACE Foundation of Canada participated in the Professional Development Day for Science Teachers held at Bell High School in Ottawa. At the exhibit, they displayed the Corrosion Toolkit (cKit) and the “Everything is Material” binder, which contains information on materials science and procedures for many experiments that can be carried out at little or no cost using everyday materials.
“We’re very excited and enthusiastic about this year’s camps as we work towards continuing to develop the next generation of corrosion professionals,” said Winston Revie, NACE Foundation of Canada’s president. “By promoting the camps at high-profile conferences and events, we are also reaching out to college students and recent graduates who will find that the Teachers Camp is a valuable addition to their resume as they begin looking for their first job.”
The NACE Foundation of Canada has received positive responses from teachers who plan to attend the camp in Ottawa and are eager to learn how to introduce corrosion, including corrosion experiments, to their classes.
“I am excited for the opportunity to explore new ideas in order to best serve my future students,” said Julia Testa who will soon be a high school biology teacher. “I am continuously searching for ideas for lesson plans and labs that will allow my students to learn and practice skills and concepts.”