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Project Overview

MSTe Project Overview The MSTe Project: Integrating Mathematics, Science, and Technology in the Elementary Schools, is a five-year, $7.4 M. collaborative effort involving expert faculty from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Hofstra University, and Brookhaven National Laboratory. Teachers and administrators from 34 school districts in New York State, the New York State Education Department, and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) are participating in this Project to contribute to and advance the MST reform effort underway in our state.

The goal of this project is to develop models for the integration of mathematics, science, and technology into the elementary schools. To accomplish this goal, activities focused upon the integration of experiences in technology with contemporary approaches in mathematics and science. Participants utilized exemplary curriculum materials and activities in technology education to enrich the elementary school experiences in mathematics and science.

The project is organized to enhance teachers' pedagogical abilities; strengthen their content knowledge in mathematics, science, and technology; and provide leadership expertise among the 20 three-person teams, each representing one (in one case two) of the collaborating schools districts. Each team was comprised of a content specialist in mathematics, science, or technology and two experienced teachers, one from grades K-3 and the other from grades 4-6. These teams participated in two years of sustained enhancement activities at The University at Stony Brook, Hofstra University, and Brookhaven National Laboratory. The MSTe Project prepared teachers in the use of exemplary curriculum materials to provide instruction that highlights the rich relationship among the disciplines.

During the third and fourth years of the project, each of the 20 MSTe teams conducted regional summer enhancement workshops and academic year meetings for 30 elementary school teachers from their local geographic areas. An Implementation and Resource Guide was developed for use by leadership teams in their summer workshops for teachers in their local regions.

The MSTe Project devoted its fifth year to statewide leadership development effort, prepared teams of teachers and content specialists from across the State of New York to serve as leaders in subsequent teacher enhancement efforts.