The following STEM-focused educator professional development/support programs are now available:
Biomimicry for Informal Educators Workshop
Friday, May 1, 2015 -- 9am - 3:30pm -- New England Aquarium
Biomimicry New England, in collaboration with the New England Aquarium, is holding a free Biomimicry for Informal Educators workshop at the Aquarium. This workshop will be an opportunity to learn from experts and practitioners on how Biomimicry can address some of the top environmental issues and how as informal educators we can inspire a new group of innovators to look towards nature to create sustainable solutions.
This workshop, designed for and by informal educators, will feature:
• Short presentations by panelists including:
o Peter Lawrence, President and Co-founder, Biomimicry New England
o Melita Morales, EPSCoR/STEAM Communications & Engagement Coordinator, Rhode Island School of Design
o Kate Anderson, Education Director, Beyond Benign
o Mike Smith, Program Director, New England Science & Sailing
o Rebekah Stendahl, Program Manager, New England Aquarium
• Q&A and group reflections on how Biomimicry can be used as a platform for informal education
• Planning and discussion groups based on topic areas the group identifies that will allow each educator to leave with one or more concrete ideas or activities to advance this work.
This workshop is FREE, but registration is required and space is limited!
Please click on this link to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BiomimicryforIE
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?
August 3 - 14
Complete all three CMI Courses for graduate credit and earn the STEM Certificate in Inquiry from Framingham State University!
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
STEM Super Saturday
Professional Development Workshops
The Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at WPI will host a STEM Super Saturday Event on Saturday April 11th at which local educators will be offer workshops in the STEM disciplines. Pre- registration by April 3rd is requested to ensure adequate space and materials but walk-ins will be welcomed. For more information about workshops offered and to register, please contact Jackie Bonneau at email@example.com or Shari Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org or see the Mass Academy website at http://www.massacademy.org/workshops.html. The fee to participate is $25 per person.
The Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS)
2015 Professional Development Seminar Series
MITS announces their 2015 Summer Professional Development Institutes, July 6-10 or 13-17. These sessions are designed for staff, volunteers and other museum professionals from science, history, art and other cultural institutions and centers in New England.
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
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 email@example.com 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:
STEM Certificate Program
PTC provides professional development to K-12 educators in Massachussetts through the STEM Certificate Program. The main objective of the McAuliffe-PTC STEM Certificate Program is to improve educator effectiveness in STEM education through training in integrated STEM, project-based learning, and advanced technologies. 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 www.stemcertificate.org.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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/.