The following STEM-focused educator professional development/support programs are now available:
Research Experience in Bioengineering Program for Middle School Teachers
This summer, WPI will be offering a Research Experience in Bioengineering program for middle-school teachers. The program takes place full time over the summer. Teachers engage in cutting-edge research, and work on developing a curriculum unit to take back to their classrooms. Excellent professional development program and generous compensation provided.
For more information, please see: https://www.wpi.edu/academics/bme/ret.html
The Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) has released their Winter/Spring 2014 series of Professional Development Programs. Click MITS for the full listing. They have also announced their Summer 2014 PD programs. Click MITS Summer for a full listing.
Click! Free NASA/NSTA Open Online Course: Teaching Tomorrow's Engineers
Plus, don't miss out on other upcoming NASA education opportunities. For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA's website:
Worcester Incubator for Innovation Looking for Fellows
The Art of Science Learning is an NSF-funded exploration of how the arts can strengthen STEM skills and spark creativity in the 21st-Century American workforce. Three cities have been chose for this study: Worcester, Chicago and San Diego
This project will bring together scientists, artists, educators, students, business leaders, STEM professionals, researchers and policymakers to test a new innovation curriculum that uses the arts to drive critical thinking and creative analysis. Participants, called Fellows, are currently being recruited. The program runs from March 2014 to January 2015. See the attached documents for details. Contact Joyce Kressler at email@example.com for additional information.
The Gateway Project GATEWAY TO TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING - School Districts Leading Change
The Gateway Project is a means of opening a doorway for educational leaders to build the capacity to implement engineering and technology content PreK-12. The goal is to support school districts to build cohesive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. Gateway is a year-long project that will consist of a three-day summer institute, two follow-up meetings, a district site visit, and ongoing communication through a members-only web-site. In 2012, The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council endorsed the Gateway Project as one of seven projects recognized as a best practice in STEM education in the state of Massachusetts. As of July 2013, the Gateway Project has reached over 425 educational leaders in 90+ school districts and impacted 48% of all Massachusetts K-12 students. Our districts range from rural to urban, and serve public, charter, private, and comprehensive technical career schools. We will host our Gateway Institute at the Museum of Science, Boston on: (choose one)
July 8-10, 2014 July 29-31, 2014
Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) for Teachers
COURSE DESIGN: On-Site learning experience, Natick Soldier Systems Center, Natick, MA INSTRUCTOR / POC: Joanna Graham / CPT Carrie M. Quinn
DATES: M, Tu, W, Th August 21-24, 2014
TIME: 8:00 - 4:30 pm
WHERE: US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center
15 Kansas Street Natick, MA 01760
Course Description: This course focuses on a multi-disciplinary educational curriculum that allows for hands-on activities in areas such as science, engineering, mathematics, computational sciences, biomedical sciences, chemistry and biology. The US Army’s Natick Soldier’s System Center is an internationally recognized center of excellence for Warfighter performance science. The NSSC functions as a world-class laboratory for environmental medicine, physiology, performance, nutrition, and materiel research. Through this course, teachers will interact with top-tier scientific researchers and materiel developers in an effort to integrate real-world science into a classroom setting.
Course Goal: To go beyond classical teaching paradigms to integrate real-world scientific scenarios in a classroom setting. Each lab experiment or tour will come with an expansion guide in an effort to create simple, week-long lesson plans out of a single laboratory experiment that can be repeated throughout the week as the learning process is engaged.
Course Outcomes: By the end of the course, each attendee will: 1. Have been exposed to scientific capabilities of NSSC and the programs integral to the successful completion of a GEMS summer program. 2. Acquire a toolkit for expansion of learning through integration of these laboratory exercises in their home classrooms. The toolkit will serve as a starter kit to advancing curriculum lessons on the topics covered throughout the week.
Course Content (Hands-on Experiments and Integrated NSSC Laboratory Exercises): 1. Robotics 2. Confidence in Chemistry Lab Series (7 Separate Exercises) 3. Palatography 4. Forensic Science 5. DNA Isolation 6. Cardiovascular Physiology and Manipulation 7. Pull the Cord: Airdrop and Parachute Functions 8. How High?: Altitude Chamber 9. A Bit Gusty: Doriot Climatic Chamber, Wind Chamber 10. Crackers, Anyone?: Food Packaging for Combat Feeding 11. What makes up our blood? 12. The Military-Researcher: Self-Sustainment *We reserve the right to alter this list through additions or corrections at the time of the course based on the availability of NSSC research capabilities.
To register, please email: Rebecca Engle at Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org
Your email should include: Name, US Citizen (Y/N), Primary and Alternate Email Address, Home Address, Phone Number, School/Grade/Subject Matter.
Exploration Design Challenge
In March 2013, NASA launched an exciting new partnership with Lockheed Martin to engage students in America's next phase of human space exploration. The Exploration Design Challenge (EDC) invites students from kindergarten through 12th grade to learn more about one of the biggest challenges NASA faces before sending humans beyond low-Earth orbit: space radiation. Through a series of age-appropriate activities, participants will learn about radiation and its effects on humans and hardware destined for asteroids, Mars or other deep space locations. Orion is the vehicle for these space destinations and will make its maiden test flight in 2014.
The youngest explorers (K-4) will complete NASA education activities related to radiation. Upon completion, a teacher or other adult may submit the students' names to be flown on the 2014 Orion flight as honorary virtual crewmembers.
Those same opportunities are open to students in grades 5-8, but they also will design and develop a radiation shield prototype. Instructions, guidebooks and related content are provided on the EDC website.
High school participants have an even greater challenge - and opportunity! In addition to the activities listed above, teams of students will design a radiation shield prototype that meets established criteria and constraints. Teams will submit their designs, and the top five designs selected will be tested in a virtual radiation simulator. The winning team will travel to Florida for Orion's launch and have its design flown aboard the spacecraft!
This is an exciting, hands-on way to get students inspired and interested in what NASA does now and the grand plans ahead! All the details for the EDC are here: http://www.nasa.gov/education/edc.
WGBH Education Have You Heard About the Innovation Math Challenge?
The Innovation Math Challenge is for anyone who has an idea for creating fun and engaging math educational media for middle school. This challenge, run by WGBH, is in support of a math resource collection funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The resources will be available on PBS LearningMedia in 2014. Winning entries will become part of the collection and receive $1,000.
Get details here: http://www.wgbh.org/innovationfund/
Traveling Science Workshops from The Discovery Museums
Bring science to life in the classroom with a choice of 18 highly interactive workshop topics that support Massachusetts curriculum standards and STEM initiatives. Topics include Sound, Magnets, Physical Changes of Matter, Rocks and Mineral, Light & Color, Simple Machines and Bubbles. Dynamic science educators provide fun, hands-on discovery activities that demystify science concepts, strengthen problem solving skills, and reinforce the scientific method. Classroom teachers and parents receive follow-up activities to reinforce learned concepts.
Visit http://bit.ly/TravelingScience to see a short video of the Traveling Science Workshops in action. Learn why teachers, PTO parents and principals see it as such an important complement to their school's curriculum. And, why students think it makes science fun!
To schedule your Traveling Science Workshop, call Jill Foster at 978-264-4200 ext.18 or email email@example.com.
"There's A Scientist in My Classroom!" - Offered through the MIT Edgerton Center
This program aims to form collaborations resulting in classroom visits where STEM professionals will "tell the story" of how they became inspired to pursue a STEM career, and what their research/work and life is like now. Teachers and STEM researchers and engineers [graduate students, post-docs, staff and faculty] will network and craft a visit that will be age-appropriate, fun, and include visuals and hands-on activities. This is a great opportunity to learn more about cutting-edge STEM research, K-12 education, best practices for speaking with young audiences, and for classroom teachers and those with STEM careers to make meaningful connections.
To learn more, visit their web site: http://edgerton.mit.edu/k-12/teacher-resources/teacher-pd/scientist-classroom.
Math at the Core: Middle School
PBS LearningMedia™ has just announced a preview of their new collection, "Math at the Core: Middle School". The collection contains media-rich lessons designed to help middle school students visualize math concepts. The lessons align to Common Core standards for grades 5-8 and address critical concepts such as ratios and proportions, adding negative integers, and probability and statistics.
The resources are designed for middle school students of diverse learning styles and backgrounds, and reflect a wide range of culturally responsive perspectives.
When complete in Spring 2014, the collection will contain 420 lessons. Please review the lessons currently available on the website at http://mass.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/mathcore/.