WHAT: North­eastern University’s RE-​​SEED (Retirees Enhancing Sci­ence Edu­ca­tion Through Exper­i­ments and Demon­stra­tions) pro­gram will host its 14th annual con­fer­ence for vol­un­teers. More than 70 people are expected to attend, many of whom are vol­un­teers in middle schools in Mass­a­chu­setts, Maine, New Hamp­shire, and Rhode Island. Par­tic­i­pants will have a chance to dis­cuss and present school sci­ence activ­i­ties and take part in a prob­lems and solu­tions ses­sion. There will also be an awards pre­sen­ta­tion for vol­un­teers who have given 3, 5, or 10 years of ser­vice to RE-​​SEED.

The keynote speech, “Cur­rent Research Con­cerning Sci­ence Learning from Middle School to Col­lege,” will be given by Dr. Philip Sadler, Director of the Sci­ence Edu­ca­tion Depart­ment at the Harvard-​​Smithsonian Center for Astro­physics. Dr. Sadler will dis­cuss his research find­ings on what can help or hinder the devel­op­ment of stu­dents’ sci­en­tific under­standing. This speech, which is open to the public, will take place between 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Christos Zahopoulos, Ph.D., Director of RE-​​SEED and Exec­u­tive Director of Northeastern’s Center for STEM (Sci­ence, Tech­nology, Engi­neering & Math­e­matics) Edu­ca­tion, will lead a dis­cus­sion about RE-​​SEED and the Center for STEM Edu­ca­tion between 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 11, between 9:15 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.

WHERE: Raytheon Amphithe­ater, located in the Egan Research Center, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston.

For addi­tional infor­ma­tion about RE-​​SEED and its’ annual con­fer­ence, please visit http://​www​.north​eastern​.edu/​r​e​s​e​ed/ or con­tact Jenny Eriksen at (617) 373‑2802 or j.​eriksen@​neu.​edu.

About RE-​​SEED

RE-​​SEED is a North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­gram that pre­pares engi­neers, sci­en­tists, and other indi­vid­uals with sci­ence back­grounds to work as vol­un­teers, pro­viding in-​​classroom sup­port to upper ele­men­tary and middle school sci­ence teachers with teaching the phys­ical sci­ences. After com­pleting a com­pre­hen­sive free training pro­gram, par­tic­i­pants vol­un­teer in middle school class­rooms on the average once a week for at least one year. RE-​​SEED began in 1991 with six vol­un­teers. To date close to 500 RE-​​SEED vol­un­teers have worked in schools in about 100 com­mu­ni­ties throughout the country offering about 500,000 hours of their time. RE-​​SEED is part of the Center for STEM (Sci­ence, Tech­nology, Engi­neering & Math­e­matics) Edu­ca­tion, which facil­i­tates col­lab­o­ra­tions between Northeastern’s sci­ence, engi­neering and math departments.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.