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The following STEM-focused educator professional development/support programs are now available:  

 

STEM Equipment & Supplies Grant Program 
mass life sciences logoApplication Deadline: October 10, 2014
Program Overview: The STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program enables the purchase of equipment and supplies for High Schools and Middle Schools in the Commonwealth in order to train students in life sciences technology and research, as well as addresses a funding gap in capital dollars for public and not-for-profit workforce training and educational institutions. The program also seeks to increase student achievement and student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), as well as support the implementation of state STEM standards.

An eligible applicant must request funding to purchase equipment and/or supplies to support an education and training program that prepares participants for future employment in the life sciences. Requested equipment and/or supplies must be used to support science (e.g. biology, chemistry, and physics), technology (e.g. robotics, computer science, etc.), engineering, and/or math education and training. Earth and Space Science curricula and Allied Health programs will not qualify for funding.

Award Period: Funding for the current (fourth) round of this program is anticipated to be announced in December 2014, and is in only intended for spending in Fiscal Year 2016. Equipment and supplies purchased under the grant must be shipped to grant recipients between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Award Amounts: Eligible high schools, and organizations serving such high schools, can apply for up to $250,000 in grant funding. Applicants seeking funding of greater than $100,000 (but no more than $250,000) are required to secure matching funds for any amount over $100,000 from an industry partner. Middle Schools are eligible for up to $50,000 (no match required). workforce in the

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be located in Massachusetts and be one of the following: Vocational technical high school or a comprehensive public high school with approved vocational technical program; Public high school or middle school located in a "Gateway City"; Public high school or middle school with a student population of at least 30% that qualify for free and reduced lunch (a list of schools that meet this criterion is available upon request); or Community-based non-profit organization serving schools that meet the above-stated criteria.

How to Apply: Applications must be submitted via the MLSC website. Please note that there are two separate application forms, one for high schools and one for middle schools.

For more information, and to apply, please visit: www.masslifesciences.com/programs/equip
For all inquiries regarding this grant, please contact: equip@masslifesciences.com

 

Massachusetts Project Lead the Way Conference: Save the Date
Friday, October 17, 2014   8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Salisbury Laboratories, Worcester, MA

Conference Details and Registration available by late September: http://www.wpi.edu/academics/stem/guidance.html 

Project Lead The Way's world-class, activity-, project-, problem-based STEM curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development, combined with an engaged network of partners, help students develop the skills to succeed in our global economy. PLTW's programs include Launch, for grades K-5; Gateway, for grades 6-8; Engineering, Biomedical Science, and Computer Science, for grades 9-12. Over 5,000 schools in all 50 states offer PLTW programs, including over 50 schools across Massachusetts. WPI is one of PLTW's 50 affiliate universities and offers Core Training each summer to prepare educators to teach PLTW courses.

Join us for this professional development conference for school counselors, curriculum specialists, principals, teachers, district administrators, and interested business, industry and workforce development professionals. Come learn about the PLTW Curriculum Programs that integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, providing an opportunity for districts to develop a STEM pathway from kindergarten through grade 12. PLTW programs are aligned with the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Hear from teachers, administrators and students at schools with successful programs. The conference is open to all K-12 schools and other interested parties.

PLTW programs are endorsed by the Massachusetts Governor's STEM Advisory Council, Change the Equation, the American Aerospace Industry Association, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and others. For more information about the Project Lead the Way programs, please visit the PLTW website at www.pltw.org.

 

dow teacher challenge
The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and Dow have come together to support STEM education in our schools. STEM education is absolutely vital for our children and our future. We need to encourage children to pursue science, technology, engineering and math related fields. Our real challenge lies in how to achieve our goal of improving STEM education.
Take the Dow Teacher Challenge!
Teachers of all fields are invited to submit their ideas for increasing STEM education in the classroom. The top 25 entries will earn a $1,000 grant to be used in the classroom!
Visit www.dow.com/education to submit an entry.
The deadline for all Summer Teacher Challenge submissions is July 30, 2014.
The Fall Teacher Challenge will begin on August 4, 2014 and the deadline for all submissions is October 31, 2014. The top 50 entries will earn a $1,000 grant.

Together we can build a STEM-strong future!!

 

The Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) has announced their Fall 2014 Sea Perch Workshops, underwater robotics workshops for educators.  For more information and to register, visit their web site at www.mits.org.

 

Don't miss out on other upcoming NASA education opportunitiesFor a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA's website:
Educators-- http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
Students-- http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

  

STEM Certificate Program
The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University has partnered with PTC to provide professional development through the STEM Certificate Program for K-12 educators throughout New England. The main objective of the McAuliffe-PTC STEM Certificate Program is to improve educator effectiveness in STEM education. The program includes:

  • Synchronous, online lectures instructed by industry and education experts,
  • Hands-on sessions focused on how to author STEM curriculum for the K-12 classroom,
  • Teacher-authored STEM curriculum available for use by Massachusetts educators,
  • Industry and higher education mentoring,
  • Presentation opportunities for teachers to exhibit best practice STEM education, and
  • Donations from industry including curriculum packages, instructor contact hours, software donations (worth $50K), and professional consulting.

The STEM Certificate Program focuses primarily on Product Development Education, an interdisciplinary, project-based curriculum model rooted in engineering/design education as well as industry practices. What distinguishes Product Development Education from current engineering/design models is integration of industry practices as well as a framework for integrating multiple disciplines across the school curriculum.

For more information, visit http://christa.org/stem-certificate-program/.

 

 

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?
wgbh ed logoThe 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
discovery travel logoBring 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 jfoster@discoverymuseums.org.   

 

"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 announced 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.

The collection contains 420 lessons, currently available on the website at http://mass.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/mathcore/.

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