NORTH CAROLINA -- A lot of teachers are spending the summer working at temporary jobs away from the classroom. A small but growing number of science and math teachers are toiling at companies where they practice the principles they teach.
Programs in North Carolina, California and elsewhere are putting teachers temporarily in the workplace at companies that use a lot of technology. High school science teacher Chris England is using a fellowship and working alongside scientists trying to determine whether carbon dioxide at coal-fired power plants can be captured with enzymes.
The 25-year-old says his experience at Danish firm Novozymes in Franklinton, about 30 miles north of Raleigh, is the first time he has applied the science he was trained to teach. He says that's making him a better teacher.