Why 10 District teachers spent their summer doing grad-level STEM research

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Middle-school math teacher Cashonna Thomas spent the summer researching the aerodynamics of two different drones, alongside a Penn Ph.D. Thomas, who’s been a teacher for the last decade, then used that research to develop a curriculum on aspect ratio for her students at North Philly public school Dunbar Promise Academy. Thomas was one of 10 School District teachers who completed Research Experience for Teachers (RET), a National Science Foundation-backed program with Penn’s GRASP robotics lab.