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UNT Insider | May 2009 Issue | Texas Governor's School

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Texas Governor's School to explore impacts of science, technology on world

From a UNT News Service press release

Texas Governor's School

Students will explore the intersection of science and technology in everyday life this summer at the Texas Governor's School, a rigorous, three-week program for academically gifted high school students, at UNT.

About 106 students from around Texas will attend the school, which has a theme of "How advances in science and technology affect our world." Students who have completed their sophomore year of high school will take courses aimed at developing their abilities in science and technology.

This is the third year UNT has hosted the Texas Governor's School. The program is funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Exxon Mobil.

UNT will host Texas Governor's School through 2011.

"We want to reach a diverse audience of students and give them tools they will need to succeed in college and beyond," says Rick Reidy, UNT interim chair and associate professor of materials science and engineering and director of Texas Governor's School. "We hope that the students leave believing that there's more to learning than getting good grades."

When: June 7 through June 27

Where: The UNT campus. Students will live in Bruce Hall, on the northeast corner of Chestnut Street and Avenue C.

The attendees: All students chosen for the Texas Governor's School at UNT will be entering their junior years of high school this fall. Students are selected based on two letters of recommendation and grade point average, and the school is free to attend.

Reidy says the ideal student for the school is a high achiever who has demonstrated interest and ability in science and technology beyond required high school assignments or participation in science fairs. He or she should be curious about the impact of research and technology on society, he says.

Classes: During the three weeks of the school, they will take courses focusing on biological and ecological science, math, chemistry, micro and nano technology and engineering as well as courses covering the broad impacts of science and technology on areas such as philosophy, art and jazz. They will also attend courses to learn how to prepare for college and how to develop their writing skills. In addition, they will learn to do research in the UNT university library. The students will complete assignments for the courses, but will not receive grades or high school credit.

The science courses, which will be team taught by a UNT faculty member and a secondary school teacher, will provide time for discussing new scientific concepts.

In the writing course, students will work with instructors on different writing techniques, such as technical writing, creative writing that incorporates scientific themes and essay writing suited for college applications.

A college preparatory class will help students examine their academic goals for their remaining high school and college years.

History: Governor's Schools started in 1963 in response to widespread concern over the level of support in American society for educational excellence necessary to maintain the United States as a leader in producing professionals skilled in science, technology, humanities and the arts. The first Governor's School was established in North Carolina. Today, programs are offered in 22 states.

Sarah Bahari with UNT News Service can be reached at Sarah.bahari@unt.edu.

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May 2009

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