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

Girls STEM Summit Statewide
A one-day summit designed by  Massachusetts non-profit, Jr. Tech, Inc. for girls in grades 8-12 to  explore STEM career paths.  This important career event for girls will  be held on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at Regis College in Weston, MA.  The  event will run from 8:15 am - 4:15 pm.

As with the past six Girls STEM Summits, this program focuses on girls  in grades 8-12 who are interested in or curious about exploring careers in STEM fields.  Included in the day-long event will be a  keynote speech from a local female leader in a STEM field, career path  workshops led by local, female STEM professionals, exploration of high  school and college preparatory skills for STEM programs and degrees,  and the opportunity for girls to connect with other young women who  share their academic interests.

Online registration and additional information is available through the Jr.Tech, Inc., web site.



Summer Camp in Boston for Science-Loving Teens: Register Your Child Now for STEM in the City!
This fun, innovative summer camp will enhance students knowledge about STEM  (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects, STEM careers, and educational paths needed to attain their goals.

Each camp day includes a trip to a Boston-area STEM organization and a  related hands-on science activity. Students will also explore college life and academics through campus tours and discussions with college students and staff.

When: July 6-10, 2015, 9AM - 4PM
Who: Rising 8th and 9th graders
Where: Wheelock College in Boston
Cost: $400 (includes lunch and snack)
Learn more and register at wheelock.edu/stemcamp


The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs today announced it is now accepting nominations for its annual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education until March 27, 2015.

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton will present awards this spring to Massachusetts teachers and students involved in school-based programs that promote environmental and energy education.

“I am proud to recognize the teachers and students leading and inspiring their communities as they tackling critical energy and environmental issues,” said Matthew BeatonSecretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. “This program honors the passion, curiosity and hard work of these educators and students as they study clean energy, recycling, conservation, wildlife and many other pressing issues in our world.”

All public and private Massachusetts schools (K-12) that offer energy and environmental education programs are eligible to apply for the Secretary’s Award. In 2014, schools and nonprofit organizations from 22 communities across the state were recognized for their work on issues including recycling, energy conservation, ocean science, wildlife conservation and alternative fuels.

The Secretary’s Advisory Group on Energy and Environmental Education will review applications through mid-April. Qualified entrants are invited to attend a formal award ceremony with Secretary Beaton at the State House later in the spring.

For questions contact Meg Colclough at 617-626-1110 or meg.colclough@state.ma.us.


AMP It Up Challenge!
Right now, students across the state are creating videos about a product made in Massachusetts. Sign your students up, and they could win recognition, prestige, and $5,000 for your school. Products include video games, jet engines, medical devices, and more. Visit ampitupma.com/challenge for a list of manufacturers in MA.

Be one of eleven lucky winners.
One middle school and one high school from all five regions in the state will each win $2,500 in grant funding. And one video will take the grand prize of $5,000. That's a total award of $30,000 provided by the Manufacturing Futures Fund. Download our Teacher Kit to get all the exciting details.



2015 CMI Courses: Are You Prepared for the New Standards?

mssef logoAugust 3 - 14
Complete all three CMI Courses for graduate credit and earn the STEM Certificate in Inquiry from Framingham State University!
For more information: cmi@scifair.com



Wellesley STEM Expo 2015: Call for Exhibitors & Workshops
Planning is underway for the 2nd Wellesley STEM Expo on March 28, 2015 at Wellesley High School.  We hope that you will consider sharing your expertise with the community to make science, technology, engineering and mathematics come to life.

The first Wellesley Science and Technology Expo was a smashing success.  Over 3,500 students, families, teachers and others from Wellesley and surrounding communities attended the Expo.  The community was overwhelmed with the breadth and depth of offerings available to learn from, interact with and marvel at.   We encourage you to please sign up to host an exhibit, workshop or become a sponsor.  Help us make this year even more amazing.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact WellesleySTEMExpo@gmail.com or see http://www.wellesleyeducationfoundation.org/wste.php



Science & Engineering Saturday Seminars @ UMass Amherst, Spring 2015
A UMass STEM Ed program

Five Saturdays each term; 8:30-1 at UMass Amherst, Lederle Grad Towers 1033 (except as noted)
Designed for science teachers; new teachers are especially welcome
Cost $30 per session, $120 for all five sessions
Educational materials, refreshments, parking, PDP's included
4 PDP's per half day session; option for 3 grad credits at reduced cost with extra work 

Click for a complete course listing and registration information. 

Advance registration is required; capacity is limited. Questions: Mort Sternheim, mort@umassk12.net, 413-545-1908. 



mits logoThe Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS)
 
2015 Professional Development Seminar Series

The 2015 MITS Professional Development Seminar series will be held from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm on January 22, February 26, March 19 and April 7 at Clark University in Worcester, MA. These sessions are designed for staff, volunteers and other museum professionals from science, history, art and other cultural institutions and centers in New England.

Also announcing the 2015 Summer Professional Development Institutes, July 6-10 or 13-17.

To see the series topics offered and to register, visit www.mits.org.



The Gateway Project Institutes - School Districts Leading Change
The Gateway Project guides educational leaders through the process of implementing rigorous technology/engineering based curriculum PreK-12 through the development of a strategic Action Plan. This project engages educators in designing and planning for implementation of STEM programs that effectively integrate technology/engineering. The success of this project lies not only in its belief that school districts are unique, and as such, their approach to creating their Action Plans must be centered around their district’s needs and resource availability, but also upon the sense of comradery and community built throughout the project. The Gateway Project is a year-long endeavor in which teams participate in a three-day summer institute, two follow-up meetings during the school year, an on-site visit, and through a member’s only website.

Other elements of the model include online and physical resources designed to provide the tools educators need to implement rigorous standards-based curriculum and assessments K-12, annual symposium, and additional technical support. Since its inception in 2005, the Gateway Project has served approximately 600+ educational leaders, including lead teachers, science and technology coordinators, principals, and other administrators, representing 100+ school districts in Massachusetts. At the Massachusetts STEM Summit (October, 2012) the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council recognized the Gateway Project as a promising practice in STEM education in the state of Massachusetts

In 2013, the project expanded to New Hampshire – that makes nearly half a million students in New England with a connection to Gateway. Gateway has also partnered with the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) and with the T-STEM Center-Transformation 2013 of Texas.

We will host our Gateway Institute at the Museum of Science, Boston on: (choose one)
 July 7-9, 2015
 July 21-23, 2015
OR
Gateway Institute at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), North Adams
 July 14-16, 2015

If you would like more information on the Gateway Project please call (617) 589-3100, send an email to gateway@mos.org or visit our website at Gateway Project.



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:
Educators-- http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
Students-- http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html 


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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.



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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