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More than 75 K-12 teachers from 15 states and four countries were briefed by MIT faculty members on the latest developments in science, engineering and manufacturing at the 13th annual MIT Science and Engineering Program for Teachers, a one-week program to help teachers explore how engineers apply scientific principles to society's technological needs.
Held on campus in late June, the program featured talks on frontiers in chemistry, physics, life sciences, math, materials design and technology, product design and development, and advanced engineering systems such as bioengineering, environmental health and artificial intelligence. The teachers also went to a Red Sox game and the Museum of Fine Arts, toured MIT and talked about World Wide Web access in the electronic classroom.
Also held in late June was the annual meeting of the Network of Educators in Science and Technology, an outgrowth of the science and engineering teachers program. The grassroots teachers network is committed to enhancing scientific, mathematical and technological literacy.
Joseph Scheller (S.B. 1954), retired CEO of Silberline Manufacturing Co., spoke to the participants.
On June 29, Fred Foy, announcer/narrator for "The Lone Ranger" radio show in the 1940s and the TV show of the same name in the 1950s, addressed the group at a reception and dinner at the Faculty Club and received a plaque of appreciation.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on July 18, 2001.