Westlake High School teacher Kimberly Alston attending the GIFT summer program with Dr. Marder's group. GIFT is a year-round program, designed for high school and middle school science and mathematics teachers. It begins with a six to eight week summer experience working with a mentor ( i.e. COPE faculty). Teachers experience scientific inquiry and are exposed to applications of new technologies in the workplace. Through GIFT, teachers, linked through interdisciplinary professional networks, return to their classrooms renewed and empowered.
COPE interaction with GIFT teachers has resulted in forging a relationship with Tri-Cities High School. The summer experience with the teachers has led to high school students visiting Georgia Tech laboratories and Georgia Tech faculty speaking at Tri-Cities about opportunities in science and engineering.