Published: May 12, 2017
Mr. Urbanowski has a lot to report!
Here are some new things that happened recently, thanks in a significant part to NITARP:
I presented on NITARP and HIPS/AGN at the New England regional conference of the AAPT in March.
I was selected as a Semi Finalist for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship, and interviewed with Department of Energy and NASA. I'm pretty sure at this point that I was not selected as an Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, but being selected as a finalist to fly to DC for interviews with NASA and Department of Energy felt wonderfully affirmational, and again, NITARP on the resume [..] were, I am sure, highly influential in their decision (I'd applied a couple of years ago and did not get this far).
I was selected as my district's Teacher of the Year, and am now up for Connecticut Teacher of the Year.
In a few weeks, [my students] Nina and Peter will be presenting our NITARP research at a community STEM event, our annual STEM Expo.
I've been selected with sponsorship for MIT's Science and Engineering Program for Teachers (SEPT) this summer, due in no small part to my participation in NITARP.
I have a meeting with the Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) sponsors from Pratt & Whitney next week.
Thanks again for NITARP. My whole world is better for it.
(semi-funny story: I updated my presentation on the mathematics of pianos to include stellar evolution, as a way of explaining where iron comes from. )
Here is a link to a news story on Mr. Urbanowski being selected as teacher of the year for his district.