Narrator: This is Science Today. Every summer, the U.S. Department of Energy sponsors a range of teacher training programs at its national laboratories to give K-14 science and technology teachers a dose of how real science is done. At the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, teachers work alongside researchers, such as Ashok Gadgil, on various, real-world experiments.
Gadgil: Having teachers participate in real scientific research is of immense value to the teachers themselves and in many ways, of immense value to us.
Narrator: Gadgil says that's because the lab considers it their responsibility to also train the next generation of scientists.
Gadgil: Many of us think, and the Department of Energy certainly believes, that the key to prosperity for the country is actually our scientific and technological inventiveness and innovation. To train teachers to understand science and communicate it with passion to the students who would be the next generation of scientists is really investing in their own future.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.