Funded by a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Towson University’s Baltimore Excellence in STEM Teaching (BEST) Project aims to improve high school and middle school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) instruction throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. As part of Towson University’s Center for STEM Excellence, the BEST Project offers training and mentoring opportunities to in-service STEM teachers as well as educational outreach to their students.
The BEST Project focuses on improving the content knowledge and pedagogical effectiveness of its participating teachers. A 6-week summer research experience at a local university or research institution will be followed by academic year professional development workshops on topics such as implementing inquiry, incorporating technology, and differentiated instruction strategies. Immersion in authentic, hands-on research activities will expose teachers to cutting-edge science and technology and provide them with the credibility and experience to incorporate current content and relevant data into their STEM instruction. Winter and Spring classroom outreach activities will include the translation of content and skills learned during the summer into lessons and activities that engage students, get them excited about STEM subject matter, and emphasize the real-world relevance of STEM research.
The deadline for the 2013–2014 BEST Project Application is now closed. Check back in the fall for information about the 2014–2015 academic year.
Information about BEST Project Teacher-Interns and sponsoring research institutions and mentors can be found at
If you have questions about the BEST Project or the application process, please contact Julie Damico at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in other professional development and outreach activities provided by Towson University, please explore the links on the web page at