During weeks three through six, participants work in teams of three, teaching a science class of their own design. The high school students in these classes are from the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA), a partnership between a public high school in Hartford and Trinity College. Trinity and HMTCA have an established and innovative early college program that includes a required two-week summer science enrichment class for rising sophomores.
All HMTCA students engage in an authentic research project. Each classroom group takes responsibility for small parts of a bigger research project, does the field work required for the project, and presents the results at the end of the summer session. Beyond this collaborative research project, the pairs of TEU participants are free to plan additional experiments and other activities according to their interests and the students’ needs.
A local master teacher mentor closely supervises each teaching team. The mentor monitors each class, provides feedback, and contributes professional expertise in classroom management techniques and lesson design. Each team debriefs daily with their mentor.
The Trinity TEU may also include a few special speakers (a young professional forensic scientist who herself attended HMTCA has been a popular speaker each year) especially focused on careers in science.