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Summer Professional Development

K-12 Teacher Immersion 

We know from attending the STEM Learning Ecosystem just how critical middle and high school teachers are in the STEM career pathway.  The vast majority of students decide by the end of middle school whether they are pursuing a STEM career pathway.  High school students report that their classroom teachers are the most important people for college and career advising.  Many teachers have not had the opportunity to spend time outside of the classroom, immersed in research, STEM careers, and field-based programs.

The First2 Network supports middle and high school teachers to spend time in the summer immersing themselves in innovative programs and partners endorsed by the First2 Network for excellence in hands-on STEM experiences.  Both formal (in-school time) and informal (out of school time) teachers are eligible to apply.

This program provides a stipend and travel for teachers to spend 2 weeks learning in a summer program or shadowing in an industry setting to learn more about the reality of STEM careers.  Teachers will spend 2 weeks learning hands-on, alongside students, industry professionals, or higher education faculty and staff.

To apply, please send a cover letter including site, dates, rational for STEM Excellence, and teacher professional development goals and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Placements include First2 STEM Excellence programs, including but not limited to:

  • First2 Summer Immersive Research programs at Green Bank Observatory, Fairmont State University, West Virginia University, Marshall University, West Virginia State University, University of Charleston, WVU Tech, the WV School for Osteopathic Medicine, and High Rocks.
  • First2 K-12 program partners with summer programs including the Health Sciences Technology Academy (HSTA) summer research sites on college campuses and High Rocks Academy for Girls summer camps.
  • First2 industry partners like Dow Chemical or Chemours.
  • A high-quality STEM program or career site

Have a placement in mind that you believe represents STEM Excellence in STEM career pathways?  You can propose a site of your choice.  Be sure to tell us why you believe this site is an exciting placement for learning about STEM careers or STEM education.