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Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology

ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology

As part of our educational outreach to schools through our Education & Technology Program, each summer the ARRL offers multiple sessions of the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology, a 4-day expenses paid professional development seminar, in locations through the U.S. The Teachers Institute has provided teachers from elementary school to the university level with tools and strategies to introduce basic electronics, the science of radio, space technology and satellite communications, as well as weather science, introduction to micro-controllers and basic robotics in their classrooms. The curriculum is designed for motivated teachers and other school staff who want to learn more about wireless technology and bring that knowledge to their students.


 

2014 Sessions Have Wrapped Up

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Ten teachers traveled to ARRL Headquarters in Newington, CT to participate in the TI-2 on Remote Sensing and Data Gathering July 8-11. The photos above capture some of their activties.

Read more and watch a short video of the MAREA demonstration.

 

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Get a glimpse of the 2013 ARRL Teachers Institute at ARRL Headquarters.

"Let's Solve This."

Not too long ago ExxonMobil launched a TV ad campaign titled “Let’s Solve This” with the focus on the need for more investment in teacher training to improve US student performance. The “Let’s Solve This” campaign cites research that shows that students that are taught by teachers with a deeper understanding of the subject out-perform those students taught by less capable teachers. Therefore, “we need to invest in our teachers as a means to improved student performance.”   

There has been a resurgence and aggressive emphasis upon STEM education in response to numerous economic challenges we face from our overseas economic competitors in high technology industries. Now it is being recognized that STEM instruction needs to focus on the connection between science and mathematics and engineering and technology, rather than a more compartmentalized focus on these content areas independently. It is the teacher’s role to make these connections for students. To do so, teachers need to know the science and math content and understand the technologies in use in sufficient detail to make the connections for their students…thus, now the recognition of the core problem identified in the “Let’s Solve This” campaign. 

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In the photo: Teachers at the 2013 Teachers Instiitute on Remote Sensing and Data Gathering held in Dayton, Ohio learn what is involved to configure a high alttitude balloon with a sensor payload and track it using amateur radio.

The ARRL ETP has identified this problem and has been doing what we can do to address it by offering the Teachers Institute (TI) over the past 10 years. From the first pilot TI conducted in 2004, and each year thereafter, this in-service training program supported entirely by generous philanthropic donations, continues to evolve and flourish.

The Teachers Institute is only the beginning of a participant's exploration with wireless technology. The goal of the TI program is to equip each teacher with necessary foundational knowledge, and through hands-on learning, generate the inspiration for teachers to continue to explore wireless technology and adapt relevant content into their classroom instruction.

This training serves as excellent foundational preparation for teachers interested in including classroom learning about radio communications and wireless technology as part of student preparation for participation in the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.

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Cost: Teachers Institute opportunities are virtually free for the participants. The grant to attend a TI covers transportation, hotel, a modest per-diem to cover meals, instructional resources for the electronics, microcontroller, and robotics segments of the course, and a resource library of relevant ARRL publications.


Graduate credits: Graduate credits are available through Fresno Pacific University.These credits can be used to satisfy professional growth requirements to maintain teaching credentials. The class is self contained and participants are expected to be able to complete all requirements during the class time. Graduate credit forms may then be requested at the end of the Teachers Institute.

To qualify, applicants must be an active teacher at an elementary, middle, high school or at a community college or university, or in a leadership or enrichment instruction role in an after-school program.  An Amateur Radio license is NOT required for the introductory workshop (TI-1).  A license IS required for the advanced TI-2.

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  • Teachers Institute Agenda

    Each Teachers Institute covers a core of topics, while tailoring instruction as much as possible... Read More

    Teachers Institute Agenda

  • Teachers Institute Application

    Review the application requirements and download an application. Read More

    Teachers Institute Application

  • Meet our Instructors

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  • 2014 Schedule

    We will offer two sessions of the TI-1 and one session of the TI-2 in 2014. Read More

    2014 Schedule

  • TI-2 Space in the Classroom

    Get the tools to explore satellite communications and space technologies in your... Read More

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  • TI-2 Exploring Remote Sensors

    Participants will explore Remote Sensing and Data Gathering with hands-on resources. Read More

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