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How many times have you had this assignment in school. Well, the tables are turned as the teachers of the 2011 High School Teacher Fellowship share their experiences in the research labs at University of Louisville and University of Kentucky.

Their challenge:

How to take what they learn back to the classroom and excite their students about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Teachers Blog:



Weekly Meeting - Meet the Freshman Faculty

This week's meeting will be focused on discuss with faculty from the sciences and math, to learn what are their expectations of freshman and how to help prepare them.

Invited attendees are:

Patricia Ralston - Engineering Fundamental                                                                                                  Christine Rich - Chemistry                                                                                                                                     Thomas Riedal - Math                                                                                                                                                   William Huston - Physics

See you at 10am Thursday July 7

Posted by HSTFP


FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2011

Spray Drying

It has been very interesting to see a couple different ways that technology can break things apart into nano sized particles. I have been using a spray dryer to make nano-sized particles. So far we have been getting sizes in the 200nm-500nm range, which is pretty exciting. It has been interesting because we are working with different mixtures and trying to determine which of our variables minimizes the particle size while at the same time creating a uniformly spherical particle. At the moment we are going through a Taguchi model, which allows us to test the different variables, without changing one at a time.

I am planning on using this program in my classroom called imagej. You can kind of see the tool bar that allows you to measure different things about your particles. Hopefully, you can all use this tool too. I am going to use it to get some measurements so that my students can collect their own data instead of me giving it to them. Also, I wanted to use this image, because the particle in the middle is clearly huge compared to the others. This in theory came through a spray head that is only 4 microns in size, which can not be true. I want to talk with the students about what happened to make that particle and see what the students can come up with.

This has been a great experience so far. Hopefully everyone else is enjoying it too.

Posted by Mark Henderson



Link to 2012 HSTFP Blog

Want to see what the teachers posted last year!

Check out their comments here:

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My experience so far...

This experience has been both exciting and educational for me. I have learned a lot about Knudsen pumps, thermal transpiration and thermoelectric energy; but more importantly, I have learned about what bioengineering research is all about. The people here at the University of Louisville have been hospitable, from student researchers to graduate students to professors. They are clearly passionate about the fields that they are researching and that passion is contagious. This program will allow me to better explain to my students and colleagues what the University of Louisville offers which will open doors for many students who may have never even heard of bioengineering. I am excited to see what the last week of this program will bring and I look forward to staying in touch with the contacts that I have made.

Posted by Dave



Welcome to HSTFP


to the blogging site for the

KY NSF EPSCoR: Engineering Platforms Initiative

High School Teachers Fellowship Programs (HSTFP)

This is a place to describe things you are learning, experiences your want to share and ideas you want to enhance.

You may generate discussions on any ideas you feel will help in the development of increasing the KY students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

I look forward to seeing your comments. Please feel free to comment on each other's blogs as well.

***Please not that this blog is open to everyone to view. Please do not post any confidential information on the research being conducted - please check with your mentors if you are uncertain. ***

To view the blog, click here..

Posted by HSTFP