CLEVELAND, Oct. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- TIES, The Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM together with the Fab Foundation, are announcing a pilot program to give students the hands-on design and engineering experience of building telescopes. The announcement will be made at the White House during the Astronomy Night Celebration on Monday evening October 19th, 2015.
Jan Morrison, CEO of TIES said, "The project will infuse a DIY engineering spirit into students' fascination with space, working with interested Fab Labs in the United States to design and implement curricula and instructional modules for students of a wide age range." TIES is also the co-founder of Fab Ed with The Fab Foundation, which has a mission to link Fab Labs (digital fabrication) into classrooms and curricula as a means to promote STEM for all students through hands-on making and learning. There are approximately 100 accredited Fab Lab in the United States currently with new labs coming online at a rate of approximately 1 per week according to Morrison. The telescope project will launch in early 2016 and will be made available to all interested labs in the United States.
The Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES) designs and engineers statewide systems of innovative STEM education ecosystems focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Partnering with communities, industry, business, K-12 and higher education. TIES works with the U.S. Department of Education, The STEM Funders Network, The Fab Foundation as well with numerous city and state education officials and districts. This cross-collaboration ensures that TIES delivers the best practices in STEM curriculum design to educators and administrators and to public officials tasked with improving our country's schools. TIES' work with some of the largest philanthropies in the world has resulted in strategic and highly productive grant programs structured to support advances in STEM education and achieve measurable results. TIES is headquartered in Cleveland OH and has offices in Columbus, Baltimore MD, Pittsburgh, PA, Carlsbad CA and consultants deployed at client sites across the US and around the world. Visit www.tiesteach.org
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