Rice Elementary Model STEM Lab


The ConocoPhillips Rice Elementary Model STEM Lab (REMSL) is a year-long professional development program designed for 3rd–5th grade science teachers, instructional coaches, and science lab teachers at elementary campuses throughout the Houston area. REMSL includes two-parts: a summer institute and a series of school year sessions.

The REMSL program aims to improve STEM elementary education by supporting local teachers through a well-established professional development model that focuses on: improving STEM knowledge as aligned with the TEKS; developing mastery in inquiry learning and pedagogy; relaying research-based, best practices in elementary STEM education; and supporting leadership development.

REMSL Benefits

With support from ConocoPhillips, the REMSL program equips teachers with TEKS aligned professional development to help deepen teacher knowledge of STEM content. Teacher participants receive classroom teaching materials to support teaching physical sciences and earth/space and life sciences. Teachers additionally receive a variety of innovative pedagogical techniques and leadership training that supports long-term professional growth. The REMSL program also provides professional literature, stipends, and off-site visits, which includes a visit to Rice University to explore cross-curricular connections in science and mathematics.

Before REMSL I was a math teacher who also taught science... REMSL has given me the knowledge on how to teach the material and present it in a way that is engaging and hands on.

2024–2025 REMSL Program*

Participation in REMSL includes attending the summer institute and school year sessions. Program dates and other program expectations are listed below.

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The application deadline is June 1, 2024. All forms are due by this date.

Summer Institute

Participants are required to attend the week-long summer institute from July 22 - July 26, 2024.

School Year Sessions

Participants can choose evening classes on either Tuesday or Thursday for their 2024-2025 school year training.

Date and Time: 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday PM classes for the 2024-2025 school year are to be held at Houston Community College West Houston Institute.
  • Thursday PM classes for the 2024-2025 school year are to be held at Baker Ripley East End Learning Center.

We may contact qualified candidates before the application closes and offer them a spot. Previous REMSL participants and teachers that do not meet the criteria of the program will be placed on a waitlist. Once the program reaches capacity, future applicants will also be placed on a waitlist.

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Applicants will be required to submit a signed Participant Agreement Letter with their application. By signing the form, the applicant's principal agrees to let the applicant participate during the 2024 summer and during the 2024–2025 school year. By completing the application, the applicant agrees to participate during the 2024 summer and during the 2024–2025 school year.

If you are unable to upload the form to your application, you can email the required documents to

Benefits & Expectations

The expectations of REMSL participants include, but are not limited to:

  • Attending and participating in all training sessions (summer session & school year);
  • Participating in and completing group projects;
  • Timely completion and submission of all pre- and post-tests; and
  • Timely completion and submission of all course assignments and homework.

For completing all program requirements, participants will receive:

  • Over 100 hours of sustained and supported professional development;
  • $400 stipend upon program completion;
  • $600 in STEM materials;
  • Individualized campus support; and
  • Opportunities for field experiences and attending lectures at Rice University.
Program Flyer

To view and download the REMSL program flyer click here.


    REMSL Administration

    If you have any questions about REMSL, you can contact the program leads.

    Isaias Cerda
    Associate Director for Science Education and English Language Learners
    713-348-3197 |

    *Program times, dates, locations, and compensation subject to change before the first day of the program.

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    Program Sponsor:

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    Program Partner:

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    Contact Information

    Telephone: (713) 348-8211
    Fax: (713) 348-3825

    Mailing Address

    Office of STEM Engagement
    Rice University
    P.O. Box 1892, MS-7836
    Houston, TX 77251-1892

    Street Address

    IBC Plaza Houston
    5615 Kirby Dr., Suite 730
    Houston, TX 77005-2445