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Bemis teacher explores STEM education at an international level
Bemis teacher explores STEM education at an international level
Posted on 09/07/2018
Mrs. Forsyth in front of a poster promoting the TOP programA Utica Community Schools Science teacher was among 15 U.S. educators to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) through an international perspective.

Karen Forsyth, a Science teacher at Bemis Junior High, travelled to Germany for two weeks this summer as a Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) Ambassador.

Germany’s education system, their vocational training programs, successful energy sustainable initiatives and environmental education were just a few of the many topics that were studied on the trip.

“It is important for our students to think globally and increase their awareness about our world,” she said. “I’m hoping to bring that awareness into my classroom and broaden their understanding about the environment and the diverse people that make up our global society.”

She also commented on how the entire TOP group was so impressed by the friendliness and hospitality of every one of their German hosts.

Mrs. Forsyth has written a unit on Clean Energy based on her experience in Germany and will be making a presentation about the tour next month at the Metropolitan Detroit Science Teacher Association conference.

She is very grateful to the Goethe Institut, Federal Republic of Germany Foreign Office, Deutsche Bank, Robert Bosch Stiftung, and Siemens for generously funding this study tour to Germany!