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Personal Message from the Institute Director:

  • A personal message from the former Institute Director, Dr. Mary Satterfield.
    • September 2011


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What Time is it? Using Atomic Clock

What time is it? Using Atomic Clock

Electrophoresis Kits

Electrophoresis Kits


About Us

The NIST Summer Institute brings together teachers and NIST scientists and engineers for two weeks of hands-on science based on the cutting edge measurement science research at NIST, and designed to match the middle school curricula. The pie chart below represents a typical session and demonstrates the variety of activities experienced by participants.

Since 2007, the program has helped increase understanding and awareness of science in middle school teachers in Maryland. In 2010 the NIST Summer Institute expanded to offer teachers from across the United States an opportunity to participate. For more information watch the application site; we'll post information about the 2015 NIST Summer Institute when the application process opens.

Activities Chart

In pie chart, the items listed together (e.g., lecture/activity) indicate both events covered the same topic and occurred together or were adjacent. web training: web 2.0 tools to facilitate continuing interaction; SURF: interaction with Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) as scientist one-on-one visits, social occasions, and panel discussions; teacher training: training by previous teacher participants.

Mission and Goals:

Our mission is to improve science and math education by connecting scientists and engineers in the laboratory with teachers and their students in the classroom.

  • Increase teachers' understanding of the subjects they teach
  • Connect NIST research to classrooms across America
  • Rekindle teachers' enthusiasm for science
  • Increase knowledge of how scientific research is performed
  • Create a teacher to teacher network
  • Link teachers to scientists with whom they can consult


NIST provides:

  • Interactive lectures on topics in the middle school curriculum
  • Hands‐on activities that translate NIST research into the classroom
  • Group lab tours and demonstrations
  • Individual visits with scientists in their laboratories
  • Ongoing support and learning opportunities through Science Afternoons at NIST

Contact Us


Dr. Kate Rimmer, Director

Email:  summerinstitute@nist.gov
Phone:  301-975-3651

National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 8310
Gaithersburg, MD  20899