Two Guilford teachers win research fellowships

Two Guilford County high school teachers have been awarded Kenan Fellowships to spend 18 months working with researchers on an aviation project at N.C. A&T.

Science teachers April King of the Middle College at N.C. A&T and Kathleen Melious of Andrews High School will be mentored by Dr. John Kizito on their project, “Designing Safe Aircraft.”  He is a professor of mechanical engineering.

The teachers will be immersed in the science, technology, engineering and math of the project and develop lesson plans around them.  They “will follow the development of an aviation project from conceptual design through implementation, testing and reporting, and will create relevant lessons that motivate the next generation of rocket scientists in North Carolina,” the Kenan program says.

The Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development is a competitive fellowship offered to K-12 public school teachers in North Carolina. Its mission is to enhance curriculum relevance for students; engage teachers, businesses, and universities through professional collaboration; and promote growth opportunities for teachers.  It is a program of the Kenan Institute at North Carolina State University.

The fellowships for Ms. King and Ms. Melious are sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.  A total of four teachers from Guilford County and 44 from around the state were selected for the 2013 program.

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