Terrapin Teachers has been established as a broader impacts and community outreach resource office within the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. The office has established a network and partnerships within local school districts. Services include recruitment of public school teachers and students for seminars, research experiences, and workshops and working with UM faculty to transform aspects of their research into lessons implemented in K12 schools.
On Saturday, September 16, 2017, neurobiologist Dr. Ricardo Araneda, associate professor in the UM Department of Biology, and Dr. Rhonda Dzakpasu, associate professor of physics at Georgetown University, co-hosted a neuroscience workshop along with Terrapin Teachers, in our suite in the John S. Toll physics building. The participants, recruited by Terrapin Teachers, were 14 teachers from 8 high schools, Bladensburg, Potomac, Friendly, Suitland, James Hubert Blake, High Point, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Frederick Douglass, in Maryland. During the workshop the participants learned to use neurobiology kits and software, which they kept to use in their own classrooms. #UMDinspires