Preparing Robust Educators through Learning Integrative Math and Science (PRELIMS)
About PRELIMS Academy
Preparing Robust Educators through Learning Integrative Math and Science, the PRELIMS Academy, is designed to expose high school students to the joy and rigor of teaching math or science. The academy is hosted by Georgia College with the aim to stimulate greater interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics teaching fields and to help central Georgia with its workforce needs. The two-week PRELIMS academy open to high school students who want to explore math and science teaching as a career option.
High school students participated to enhance their knowledge of STEM content while exploring the career of math or science education. Some students want to become teachers because they are inspired by their current teachers. Others want to become teachers because they are extremely passionate about certain subjects. Still others say they teach because they want to make an important contribution to society. Through participation in the PRELIMS Academy, students discovered the benefits that math or science teaching can contribute to their future. In addition, the United States Department of Labor predicts that employment of school teachers will grow by 12% between 2006 to 2016, especially in high demand subjects such as math and science.
PRELIMS Academy included a series of integrated activities designed to enhance participants' knowledge of science, mathematics and pedagogy. Students who completed the academy had access to on-line mentoring with the program teachers throughout the school year.
Participants were also invited to two days' follow-up activity at Georgia College.
2009: June 8 - 19, 2009 Theme: MatheSCImatics of Music
2010: June 13 - 25, 2010 Theme: MYTHBUSTERS
2011: May 30 - June 3, 2011 Theme: Forensics