Education Projects

As the education and outreach partner on the Sun to Ice project, the Joan & James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education ( brings intensive STEM professional development to high school physics, chemistry, astronomy, and Earth and physical science teachers.  Teachers are paired with Sun to Ice researchers or collaborators, to explore a specific research topic. 

Some of the resulting collaborations and projects to date are:

Noble High School

David Parker, a high school physics teacher


David Parker, a high school physics teacher at Noble High School (North Berwick, ME), developed a new curriculum unit—What Goes Up. The unit, which includes a mapped alignment to the Next Generation Science Standards, explores the drag coefficients of student-designed instrument payload vehicles as they descend. The design challenge is based on an ongoing investigation conducted by Project SMART, a UNH-based summer enrichment program for high school students. Dave has been collaborating with Charles Smith, a Research Faculty in the Space Science Center. An article submission to Science Teacher, the journal of the National Science Teachers Association, is forthcoming. David Parker is the recipient of the 2015 Robert E. Yager Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award. The career-long recognition is awarded each year to six full-time K-12 teachers nationwide based on excellence and innovation in the field of science education. Mr. Parker teaches Physics and Electric Guitar Building at the high school.

Salem High School

Gary Duranko, high school physics teacher


Gary Duranko, a high school physics teacher at Salem HighSchool (Salem, NH), and one of his students are co-creating a capstone project to run a computer model that simulates deep dielectric charging on Mercury. This work is done in collaboration with Andrew Jordan, a Research Scientist collaborator on the project.

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Belmont High School

Adrien Deshaies - physical and environmental science teacher


Adrien Deshaies, a high school physical and environmental science teacher at Belmont High School (Belmont, NH) is exploring the potential k-12 curricular use of inexpensive DIY environmental monitoring instruments. Adrien is working with Duc Nguyen, a post-doc in the Earth Systems Research Center, and Charles Smith. The Leitzel Center has also brought an Antarctic ice core to Adrien’s class, as part of his unit on climate change.

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