BOZEMAN — The latest installment in a workshop series that connects Montana K-12 teachers to Montana State University researchers will be hosted online at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2. The free workshop is one of the MSU Science Math Resource Center’s online professional development opportunities for educators.

The presentation is part of the MSU Research in Action monthly series that highlights the work of MSU researchers so that K-12 teachers may incorporate their cutting-edge research into their classrooms.

The Nov. 2 workshop features Cailin Casey, a third-year doctoral student in mechanical engineering. Casey uses high-tech methods to see how flying insects could inform advances in engineering. She leverages her cross-disciplinary studies to understand the role of the thorax cuticle in insect flight by examining its microscale properties and performing macroscale mechanical testing. Casey received bachelor’s degrees in biology and Spanish with a minor in mathematics from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.

In addition to learning about Casey’s research, participating teachers will learn about the importance of using authentic activities in their classrooms to meet the needs of diverse learners through supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics identity and sense of belonging. Teachers will also hear about each researcher’s personal journey through STEM so they can bring the stories to their classrooms.

This workshop is most appropriate for middle and high school teachers and will emphasize the convergence of biology and engineering, according to workshop organizers.

Attendance is free, but individuals must register in advance. Attendance is capped at 30 people. Office of Public Instruction renewal units are available for all participants.

To learn more or register, CLICK HERE. Questions may be directed to Jeannie Chipps with the Science Math Resource Center by EMAIL or call 406-994-7476.

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