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Elementary Teachers Engaged in Authentic Math and Science
The Elementary Teachers Engaged in Authentic Math and Science (ETEAMS) project provides a new, innovative professional development pathway for elementary preservice teachers to also seek certification to teach science or mathematics at the middle school level. The project is a collaborative effort, with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Corpus Christi Independent School District working together as partners to engage new teachers in field research focusing on the unique coastal environments of the region. Participants in the program contribute to research teams based at the University that are studying and modeling ecological phenomena of the Gulf Coast along southern Texas, including variation in seagrass composition, the depositional history of tidal flat regions, variation among beach clams, and flatworm behavior. In addition to gaining greater knowledge in science, technology, and mathematics, participants gain first-hand experiences with practices associated with contemporary field research and the use of information technologies to consolidate and analyze data.

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Project Contributions

Impact of Collaborative Teaching on K-12 Mathematics and Science Learning
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Crabby Interactions: Fifth Graders Explore Human Impact on the Blue Crab Population
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Growing STEM Roots: Preparing Preservice Teachers
"The shortage of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) middle school teachers, especially those in low income and high minority schools, is exacerbated by the fact that many of the…