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RET - Research Experience for Teachers

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The 2015 RET program ran from June 22 to July 31.  Teacher-intern pages to be updated soon!  

For approximate 2016 program information including a timeline and stipend information please see the "Summer 2015 RET info" pdf to the right.  Applications are accepted year round.

On-line application.

In the MRL RET program secondary school teachers participate in MRL laboratory research under the mentorship of MRL graduate, post-doctoral and faculty researchers. Teachers work collaboratively to translate their research experiences into the development of new investigative lab projects for science classrooms.

For the first summer of the MRL RET program (RET1), teachers are placed as interns in research groups for 6 weeks. For the second summer of participation (RET2), teachers work for 4 weeks developing a science curriculum for publication and presentation to their colleagues. The goal of these investigative units will be to encourage students to collect scientific data, make responsible conclusions about their meaning and communicate their findings to other students.

The investigative teaching resources developed by the teachers will be presented at annual workshops for science teachers throughout the Santa Barbara County area. The next workshop will be in March 2013.

An Education Project at the Materials Research Laboratory
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

Current RET Curriculum Projects

To Boldly Go . . . and Return! Destination: Space - Elementary Lessons Designed to inspire young Engineers
The unit To Boldly Go . . . and Return has students imagining the challenges of reaching space and returning safely. This collection of lessons focuses on teaching children...
The Carbon Cycle: Biological Processes to Societal Implications
The goal of this project was to improve students understanding of the carbon cycle on a global scale.  Using hands-on experiments and data from the science community students...
Synthetic Biology: Breaking it Down and Putting it Back Together
This portfolio includes four inquiry-based modules that focus on synthetic biology: “What is Synthetic Biology”, “Breaking it Down”, “Putting it Back Together” and “Genetic...
Nanotechnology: What’s the Big Deal with the World’s Smallest Technology?
This curriculum introduces students to the field of nanotechnology, a growing field in science with a wide array of potential applications. It supplements the high school...

Current RET Research Projects

Using Charcoal as an Auxilary Dating Tool in the Carpinteria Marsh
Precision dating using radiocarbon techniques for events in the recent geologic past is problematic given the large degree of uncertainty in the standard deviation for a...
Functionalization of Protein Binding Gold Nanoparticles
Functionalization of nanoparticles with protein binding, single strand DNA or RNA (nucleic acid sequence) aptamers has potential biological applications for detection of...
Understanding the Role of Dopa in Mussel Adhesion
Marine mussels are known to be adhesive in wet environments despite conditions that are not ideal for adhesion. Mytilus Californianus is a model organism and subject of...