The Science Education Partnership (SEP) has reflected a true partnership between scientists and educators. Since 1991, the SEP has paired research scientists with over 560 secondary school science teachers in Washington State. We believe that teachers and scientists both play a crucial role in promoting a greater understanding of biomedical research in our community and have much to offer one another. Through workshops and a science mentor program, teachers learn molecular biology techniques and participate in laboratory research. SEP also helps mentor scientists hone their teaching skills and learn about middle and high school science education.
Each spring, mentor scientists from Fred Hutch and partner sites select teachers from the applicant pool to participate. Teachers and mentor scientists collaborate to design a research experience tailored to their interests.
This arrangement often leads to partnerships that extend beyond the summer session, including classroom visits by scientists during the school year. Perhaps more importantly, these partnerships have helped to dispel some of the common stereotypes that each group perceives about the other. The diversity of research projects over the past several years has included such topics as protein structure, DNA sequencing, yeast genetics, fruit fly development and oncogenes.
After participating and completing the Summer Session, teachers have access to the SEP's Kit Loan Program, including complete lesson plans, biotechnology equipment and supplies. Technical and scientific support is also available from program staff and scientists at the Hutch.
Donors and supporters help ensure the continued vitality of the SEP, allowing science teachers to bring new science techniques and practices to their students. Together, we are cultivating the next generation of cancer researchers and are ensuring a broader understanding of, and support for, scientific research.
2018-2019 school year was generously funded in part by:
We acknowledge donations of materials to support our Kit Loan Program from: