TOPS – Teaching Opportunities for Partners in STEM
One of the components of the STEM-TRACKS grant is to further develop the TOPS program in Tuolumne
Partners typically will visit their school site eight to ten times per school
At least one annual training event is held to bring all of the Partners and Lead Teachers together to share their lessons and experiences and learn new teaching strategies. The 2015 Training Day will be held on June 10th at the InnovationLab in Sonora. Support for the partnership is provided throughout the school year by the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office.
TOPS Partners come from a wide range of fields; biology, space engineering, medicine, and Earth science, to name a few. Their enthusiasm for their field and their desire to share that energy with students is what drives the program. The students appreciate the chance to learn about a wide variety of topics from people that have actually worked in the field, and the teachers appreciate having a “real” scientist or engineer interact with their students using engaging problem-solving and hands-on activities.