NAUTeach is based on the UTeach program, and both have been making news for their innovative approach to producing quality science and mathematics teachers. Check out the articles below to learn more.
NAUTeach master teacher David Thompson and NAUTeach mentor teacher Christine Sapio coach the Coconino High School FIRST Robotics team "The Coconuts." This winning team provides a great example of project based learning which puts emphasis on teamwork, creativity, and critical thinking. The NAUTeach program takes a similar approach to Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning.
The CocoNuts from Coconino High School were in tears Saturday.
Tears of joy.
“We worked so hard,” said senior Mallanie Benson as her teammates cheered, hugged and wept joyful tears around her. “There’s just no words to express this feeling right now.”
After nearly a decade, the robotics team from Flagstaff had swept the 49-team regionals with a 16-0 record and were headed to the Worlds.
Then came the tournament’s most prestigious award for outreach and mentoring.
Senior CocoNut Eric Evans was almost speechless when he heard the CocoNuts’ name called.
“It means a lot,” Evans said with tears streaming down his face.
Even CocoNuts Coach Christine Sapio seemed impressed.“We’ve had really good robots for the last couple years,” Sapio said. “We’ve competed in the elimination tournament pretty consistently for the last about four years at the regional level. This is the first time we’ve ever been seeded first place before. This is a brand new experience for our team and they are just over the top. They are so excited.” read more
Spring 2011—First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launch "Joining Forces" Initiative
NMSI program for students from military families highlighted
President Barack Obama joined First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden in launching a national initiative, “Joining Forces,” to support and honor America's service members and their families at a special ceremony at the White House last week.
The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) was highlighted in the announcement for its ground-breaking Initiative for Military Families program, which brings NMSI's highly successful Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP) to schools that serve large populations of students from military families. read more
Jan. 7, 2010—UTeach expansion recognized as president Obama spotlights importance of teachers in improving U.S. innovation
"Our future depends on reaffirming America's role as the world's engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation, and that leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today, especially in math, science, technology and engineering," said President Obama. read more