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MIT Club of Princeton Sponsors Hunterdon Central High School Teacher for Annual MIT Science and Engineering Program

MIT Club of Princeton Sponsors Hunterdon Central High School Teacher for Annual MIT Science and Engineering Program










Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) June 15, 2007

The MIT Club of Princeton, serving the Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumni of central New Jersey and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce that it will sponsor Mr. Michael McFadden, a Hunterdon Central High School teacher, to attend this summer's MIT Science and Engineering Program for Teachers (SEPT).

MIT, in conjunction with its respective alumni clubs across the world, select approximately 50 teachers each year to attend SEPT for one week during the summer. The program is designed to share MIT's perspective on how engineers apply the principles of science to meet the technological needs of society. The selected teachers attend presentations on the frontiers of science and math; sessions on the synthesis, processing, properties and performance of materials; and discussions on the design and manufacture of engineering systems that affect the quality of life on Earth (e.g. water treatment, healthcare, international commerce and energy conversion).

Mr. McFadden teaches Architectural Design, Principles of Engineering, and Honors Engineering at Hunterdon Central High School and is actively involved in the educational technology planning for the school. He began teaching after many years of a successful career in industry and an intense personal interest in technology. This passion for technology and learning prompted Mr. McFadden to apply for the MIT SEPT program. "I am grateful to The MIT Club of Princeton for the opportunity to participate in the Summer MIT program. The effort to continually update my curriculum with the latest information and innovative educational practices often leads me to resources that originated at MIT. I have no doubt that interacting with MIT staff and other secondary school teachers with a similar mission will be a great benefit to my students and the professional organizations such as TEANJ (Technology Educators Association of New Jersey) that support education in New Jersey."

The nomination of McFadden to attend the MIT SEPT program was assisted by TEANJ (Technology Educators Association of New Jersey). Dave Janosz, Executive Director of TEANJ, said, "We were pleased to be associated with the MIT Club of Princeton and MIT in this important endeavor to allow New Jersey teachers to spend time at MIT and interact with their peers from across the country. As a teacher in one of our 'Five Star Technology Education Programs', Mr. McFadden's students will benefit the most as this program will help enhance the level of science and math already covered in his courses."

Ram Iyer, President of the MIT Club of Princeton, said, "As alumni of the premier institute for science and math, we want to do our part for the communities we live in. We are proud to sponsor Mr. McFadden as part of our alumni club's ongoing effort to promote science and mathematics within K-12 education across central New Jersey. Mr. McFadden is a lifelong learner and is passionate about teaching science and math. Spending time at MIT will benefit him, his school and his students." Iyer added, "The competitiveness of the US in the global economy is largely dependent on our ability to excel in science and math. Developing more and better science and math teachers and encouraging more students to pursue an education in science and math is good for the world our children will live in."

For additional information on the MIT Club of Princeton and its campaign to promote science and mathematics in New Jersey high schools, please contact Ram Iyer at 609-610-6700.

For more information on the MIT Science and Engineering Program for Teachers please visit http://web.mit.edu/scienceprogram/program.html.

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