Yesterday, I visited my old stomping grounds of good 6 years #GeorgeMasonUniversity, Fairfax campus to observe an informal meet and greet and cohort-building activity with the current Scholars being supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Noyce Program.
Parking was easy (which is not always the case). I was immediately greeted by the breathtaking sight of the eastern Redbud trees, yellow and orange tulips, and blue irises on the campus grounds in full bloom. The dark red-pink petals of the Redbud blossoms contrasted against the lush greenery of the campus, creating a stunning natural backdrop for my visit.
As I made my way toward the Exploratory Hall which houses the College of Science, for the meeting, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of calm and serenity in the midst of the busy college environment. (I also met the Starship campus delivery robots who were all too ready to deliver lunch at the dorms – they are just so cute!)
The meeting was productive. The scholars freely discussed their course-taking and (pre)-teaching experiences (jitters and concerns) and shared ideas for connecting and building a more supportive and collaborative community. The atmosphere was lively as everyone participated in discussions including the PI and the Co-PIs who shared several upcoming STEM peer-mentoring and co-teaching opportunities on campus in Spring and Summer.
Have to say, I was impressed by the enthusiasm and passion of these scholars and am inspired by their commitment to improving STEM education in their schools.
As I left the campus, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for the opportunity to meet and learn from these amazing Noyce Scholars who are making a positive impact on STEM education and are ready to become highly qualified and talented STEM educators in various middle and high schools.
So glad to be the evaluator of the Noyce program grant for my alma mater!