Teachers, Researchers Collaborate to Bring Cutting-edge Science Lessons to Students

January 3, 2024
Female instructor stands as seated male and female adults use microscopes at a long table.

Some of South Florida’s most innovative teachers recently collaborated with researchers at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) in the second annual TEACHS workshops. TEACHS (Teaching Educators About Classroom Hands-on Science) enables local teachers to elevate their lesson plans in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with the latest scientific knowledge and leading techniques.

Seven middle and high school science educators from Palm Beach and Martin County Schools received in-depth, hands-on training in microscopy and cell biology, and/or genetics from MPFI researchers. These workshops help to bring research to life for students by providing their educators with in-person experience with leading laboratory science.

The teachers could borrow an MPFI Lending Lab Classroom Kit, including slides and samples, five stereo microscopes, and a fluorescence microscope kit, including camera and imaging software that allow them to recreate workshop lessons in the classroom.

Teachers and schools that took part in TEACHS include:

  • Caitlin Holloway, Wellington High School
  • Mary Murillo, Jupiter Middle School
  • Vari Seenath, Santaluces Community High School
  • Renee Szeliga, The Benjamin School
  • Marianne Way, St. Juliana School
  • Nicholas Waltz, Palm Beach Lakes High School
  • Steven Weber, Village Academy

TEACHS is funded by a grant from the Mary and Robert Pew Public Education Fund. To learn more, teachers are invited to visit mpfi.org/teachs.

For media inquiries, contact Katie Edwards at katie.edwards@mpfi.org.