When teachers return to their classrooms this Fall, they will be equipped with new resources to prepare their students for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

During the summer, 14 local teachers participated in Arkema Inc.’s annual Science Teachers Program. The program, which took place Aug. 6-8 at its headquarters in King of Prussia, is designed for teachers in third to sixth grades.

Teachers who participated in the program from the School District of Philadelphia included Kasie Patterson and Michele DeClerico from Edwin Forrest Elementary School, Kimberley Gallagher and Geralyn McGinty from the John B. Kelly Elementary, Chris Booth and Avalon Lee from Kenderton Elementary, and Amanda Dorneman and Caron Forman from Richard R. Wright Elementary School.

Other teachers that participated in the program included Madelyn Askin and Mary Beth Buchhofer from St. Anthony of Padua School in Camden, N.J., Amy Faust from Penn Christian Academy in East Norriton, Judy Tilles and Cynthia Rost-Frick from Tinicum Elementary in Essington, and Ellen Martin from the Girard College.

“This is a wonderful program,” McGinty said. “The Science Teachers Programs gives us resources we haven’t had before. The experiments in our science kits will expand the curiosity of our students and increase the knowledge of science.”

Throughout the program, the teachers worked side-by-side with specifically trained Arkema employees. They spent much of their time exploring science kits developed to spark students interest. The kits, which were provided by Arkema, meet the national science education standards and supply teachers with eight weeks of curriculum to make learning enjoyable and to make scientific applications relatable to daily life.

“We hope that the Science Teachers Program helps educators inspire their students to learn and love science,” said Kelly Lutz, coordinator of the program. “Many jobs today and tomorrow are in technology and science, so it’s crucial that our students are prepared for the future. We’re pleased that these teachers have chosen to team up with us, and we’re honored to have the opportunity to contribute to their curriculum and to their students’ success.”

chill@phillytrib.com (215) 893-5716

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