Monday, December 5, 2011

National STEM Video Game Challenge

The 2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge is launched in partnership with Digital Promise, a new initiative created by the President and Congress, supported through the Department of Education. The initiative is designed to unlock the promise of breakthrough technologies to transform teaching and learning.
What are the different Challenge Entry Streams?
Individuals or teams of up to 4
What are the prizes for Educators?
Entrants will compete for
  • Funds: a pool of $40k in seed money for the refinement, research, marketing and distribution of your game
  • Research: The Joan Ganz Cooney Center research team will work with the winners to identify potential scalable outcomes of the submission
  • Expertise: Additional advice will be offered from industry experts
  • Publicity: Recognition in press, online channels and select publications

Monday, October 24, 2011

Forwarded from our colleagues at MIT ..

Greetings from the Educational Studies Program at MIT!

It's that time of year again: registration for Splash 2011 is opening soon! Have you ever wanted to take a class about...

- How to Have a Crushing Grip
- Moral Relativism in Comic Books
- Elevator Science
- Weird Atoms and Strange Photons
- Introduction to Zombie Defense
- Advanced Lightsaber Dueling
- Carbon Chauvinism
- To Infinity and Beyond! The History of Pixar
- The Great Lego Challenge: A Hands on Introduction to Engineering Design

...or any of 400 other awesome topics? If so, then Splash is the program for you! Splash will be running November 19th and 20th, the weekend before Thanksgiving, on MIT's campus.

Program Vitals:

What: A weekend in which you can take multiple classes on a huge variety of subjects.
When: The weekend before Thanksgiving. In 2011, Splash will be held on November 19 and 20.
Who: Students in grades 7-12
Cost: $30.
Where: On the MIT main campus.

Registration for Splash will open on October 25th at 8 pm. The class catalog will be available at shortly before then. **Don't panic** if you can't see the catalog well in advance of registration opening! This year, classes are once again being scheduled by a lottery system to ensure that the process is as fair as possible. Preferences will be accepted until November 2nd; all preferences received before then will be treated exactly the same. It is strongly encouraged that you take your time and pick the classes in which you are most interested. For more information about the lottery, go to . After the lottery results are released on November 6th, first-come-first-serve registration will open on November 7th and remain open until November 13th. For more information, go to
If you have any more questions about MIT Splash, feel free to email us at
In addition to MIT's Splash, Splash will be held at Boston College on Sunday, November 13th! Come to The Heights to take a diverse selection of classes all taught by passionate BC undergraduates. Immerse yourself on BC's campus, connect with the undergraduates, and learn about something that would never be offered at your high school. BC's liberal arts classes range from "Political Structures and Policies in the World of Harry Potter" to "Egg Timer Art History" to "Entrepreneur State of Mind". BC Splash is free for all high school students and course registration is open now! For the complete course catalog and more information on how to sign up, you can visit the website at , or reach them by email at  or phone at 617- 297 - 7524.   

We look forward to seeing you at Splash!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) for High School Students

About SEAP

The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.

The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.

SEAP provided competitive research internships to 245 high school students this year. Participating students spend eight weeks during the summer doing research at approximately 20 DoN laboratories.

The online application closes on January 6th, 2012.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Lemelson-MIT Program - InvenTeams

Introducing Students to the World of Invention
The InvenTeam initiative, created by the Lemelson-MIT Program, offers an unparalleled opportunity for high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention.

InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors that receive grants up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. Each InvenTeam chooses its own problem to solve.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

InvenTeam students rely on inquiry and hands-on problem solving as they apply lessons from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to develop invention prototypes. Interactive, self-directed learning coupled with STEM curricula are essential for experiencing invention.

Students learn to work in teams, while collaborating with intended users of their inventions. They partner with professionals in their communities to enrich their experiences. Most of all, students learn to move forward through challenges and celebrate "Eureka!" moments.

Inspiring a New Generation of Inventors

In 2002 the Lemelson-MIT Program awarded its first InvenTeam grants to three New England high schools. There have been more than 95 InvenTeams to date, hailing from high schools across the United States including, Anchorage, Alaska; Miami, Fla.; St. Paul, Minn.; San Jon, N.M.; and Littleton, N.H.

After the InvenTeam experience, inventive cultures often continue to prosper at participating schools through further development of InvenTeam prototypes or pursuit of new invention projects

Web site:  
Phone: 617-452-2147
Fax: 617-258-8276

Apply for 2012 InvenTeams

Process Applying for an InvenTeam grant is a two-step process. The initial application is available online each fall and due in the spring (for grants awarded the following academic year).
Youth Involvement
Educators often begin the application without youth participants. Youth input is encouraged for the initial application and required for the final application. Many educators recruit youth early to create a richer proposal for the initial application.
Invention Ideas
InvenTeam projects span many fields from assistive devices to environmental technologies and consumer goods. Applicants are encouraged to consider needs of the world's poorest people (those earning $2/day) when brainstorming invention ideas. Some InvenTeams pursue inventions that also augment STEM curriculum such as Project Lead the Way. See former InvenTeams and their invention projects.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

MCAS Development Opportunity

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is seeking applications for two MCAS Science Test Development Specialist positions.

It is important that the selected individuals have very strong content knowledge, are able to learn quickly, have an understanding of science learning, have strong editing and feedback skills, and can effectively facilitate meetings.

The job duties include: providing content expertise for the development, review, and refinement of MCAS science test materials in Earth and space science, biology, chemistry and physics; reviewing test items with attention to detail for content accuracy, grade-level appropriateness, grammar, spelling, and readability; evaluating of open-response MCAS scoring materials; facilitating meetings with educators who serve on the science assessment development committees; and assisting with providing professional development to the field regarding assessment. We are specifically looking for strong content knowledge in physics and chemistry or biology and chemistry.

More information about the position can be found at:

Monday, September 19, 2011

NEEEA Conference 2011: October 21-23, 2011!

NEEEA Conference 2011

Come Learn with Us! Experience the 45th Annual NEEEA Conference: "Navigating New England Environmental Education: Charting a Course to an Environmentally Literate Future"
October 21-23, 2011 at Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton, MA.

The Massachusetts Environmental Education Society (MEES) and the 2011 NEEEA Conference Committee are pleased to announce the opening of registration for this years conference! Join us for a dynamic weekend full of enriching and inspiring workshops, adventurous field trips and excellent entertainment. Enjoy networking, learning, and revitalizing yourself and your teaching skills and return home with resources and materials to do the same for your classroom or organization.


This weekend features Keynote speakers Julian Agyeman and Coleen O'Connell, world music entertainment by Gaia Roots and Closing Ceremony with Troy Phillips of the Nipmuc Tribe.

The Conference site is a Natures Classroom facility located on 500 wooded acres on the shore of Prindle Pond in Charlton, Massachusetts. It offers a variety of rooming options, a wind turbine, woodland trails, pond views, campfires, and fields for stargazing.

For complete conference offerings and registration please visit the 2011 NEEEA Conference microsite at

Don't forget to stay in touch and up to date on all kinds of conference and environmental education news on facebook pages!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Annual MassTEC Conference: October 14, 2011!

The Annual MassTEC Conference will be held:
Friday, October 14, 2011 at Fitchburg State University.

Come Join!

The theme of the conference is sTEmWe Make the Connection.

One item we receive feedback on after every conference is the need for teacher led workshops. Many teachers are looking for ideas and activities to take back to their classrooms. So this year we are looking for additional teachers who will be willing to offer workshops on what they do in the classroom.

If you do offer a workshop you will be eligible for Professional Development Points (PDPs) [and a free lunch!]

Follow this link to a workshop application. Please fill it out and send it in.


We really want Science and Math teachers, elementary teachers as well as Administrators and School Counselors to come and share their understanding of STEM and see how Technology/Engineering Education can improve your students' understanding of key concepts and real life applications.

[Technology/Engineering Education and] Technology Education has progressed from Industrial Arts, which was focused on tool and machine skills and craftsmanship, to that of teaching all students engineering habits of mind.
This includes teaching students the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to understand and apply engineering concepts, including the engineering design process, systems, and the impact of technology on society.

~ William F. Bertrand Contact Bill at; |

Physics, Chemistry & Math Teacher Opportunities!

The Department of Physics and the School of Education at Boston University are continuing their offering of graduate courses for physics teachers. Chemistry and mathematics teachers are welcome as well.

The courses are part of the sequence Improving the Teaching of Physics (Project ITOP) offered in Boston and Worcester.

The courses can be used for Professional Licensure.

The following courses will begin shortly.

September 16 -- October 28: NS 540 Section A1 Concepts in Physics I: Force and Motion (2 credits.)
Meets at Boston University on Fridays from 4:30 to 7:30.

September 15 -- October 27: NS 540 Section B1 Concepts in Physics I: Force and Motion (2 credits).
Meets at Clark University on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30.

September 14 -- October 26: NS 545 Section A1 Concepts in Physics VI: Electromagnetism and Physical Optics (2 credits).
Meets at Boston University on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:30.

For additional information, visit the website
or contact:
Andrew Duffy (617-353-9089), or
Peter Garik (617-353-4735),

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Get your Middle/High School students interested in these MIT/BC programs!

Help your students join in the excitment of learning!
note: these programs are either low cost or FREE!

Programs at MIT and BC to tell your students about:

Looking for a way to get college credit in high school? Interested in showing colleges just what you are made of? Want to explore a topic in-depth?
Registration is open for Delve, ESP's AP preparatory course, and we would love to have you join us for an exciting 29 weeks of learning!
Sign up today at

What can students expect from Delve?
Delve will offer classes for the Calculus, Physics, Studio Art, Government and Politics: United States and more AP exams during the school year, from mid-September until May. Every Sunday, students will spend 10:00AM to 3:00PM at MIT dedicated to one of these classes (with an hour long lunch break in between). Our classes can be taken as stand-alone classes, not just in conjunction with AP courses at high schools. You will have the opportunity to take the AP in May with your school or with our partner, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Delve at

Do you want to take a class about...

- Design and Analysis of Roller Coasters
- Paradoxes of Democracy
- Fun with Fractals
- Aircraft Jet Engines
- How to Make a Pixar Movie
- The French Revolution
- Stage Fighting

...or any of 400 other awesome topics? Then you should come to Splash!
Splash offers a series of short classes and workshops like the ones listed above, and you can take up to 20 hours of classes.
Splash takes place on November 19th and 20th at MIT, and costs $30 for the entire program.
Student lottery registration will open in late October; after the lottery is run, a first-come, first-served round of registration will open to fill any remaining empty spots.

You can find out more at, or email Splash at

There is more than one way for your students to be involved in Splash!

BC Splash

This November, Boston College will also be opening its doors for its own Splash program. With a concentration on liberal arts, course topics will range from music to math, political science to computer science.
BC Splash is a no-fee program designed to instill a sense of excitement in students about academia and have fun doing it! For more information, visit our website, Registration will begin in early October.note: these programs are either low cost or FREE!
Help your students join in the excitment of learning!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Engineering Poster Contest Kickoff

Engineering Poster Contest Kickoff!

“Grand Challenges for Engineering” is the theme for the Engineering Education Service Center’s 7th Annual poster contest. This year’s winning entry can be found in a display of inspiration, excitement, wonder and curiosity. Posters should be fun, motivational and inspire students to pursue a degree in engineering, technology, math and/or science.

Throughout human history, engineering has driven the advance of civilization. In the last century, engineering recorded its grandest accomplishments. The widespread development and distribution of electricity and clean water, automobiles and airplanes, radio and television, spacecraft and lasers, antibiotics and medical imaging, and computers and the Internet are just some of the highlights from a century in which engineering revolutionized and improved virtually every aspect of human life.

For all of these advances, though, the century ahead poses formidable challenges. As the population grows and its needs and desires expand, the problem of sustaining civilization’s continuing advancement, while still improving the quality of life, is more immediate. Old and new threats to personal and public health demand more effective and more readily available treatments. Vulnerabilities to pandemic diseases, terrorist violence, and natural disasters require serious searches for new methods of protection and prevention. And products and processes that enhance the joy of living remain a top priority of engineering innovation.

Applying the rules of reason, the findings of science, the aesthetics of art, and the spark of creative imagination, engineers will continue the tradition of forging a better future.

There are 12 Grand Challenges for Engineers - Find out more about them by visiting:

Contest deadline: 11:59pm November 4, 2011

Winners will be notified by November 14, 2011

To enter, visit:

Download a flyer:

View the 2005-2010 winning posters here:

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Research in the Arctic or Antarctic! PolarTREC Now Accepting Applications!

PolarTREC Teachers 2012-2013
Approximately 12 openings available!

Whether you are interested in a teacher research experience, building new professional networks, or enriching your classroom content—PolarTREC has something for every educator!

The application period for teachers to apply to participate in PolarTREC:
Begins: Monday, 1 August 2011
Ends: Friday, 30 September 2011 (until 5pm Alaska Daylight Time).

Interested teachers are encouraged to participate in a PolarTREC informational webinar (web seminar), scheduled for:
Thursday, 11 August 2011, at 3:00 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time (1:00 p.m. HST, 4:00 p.m. PDT; 5:00 p.m. MDT; 6:00 p.m. CDT; 7:00 p.m. EDT).

For further information and to register to participate, please go to:

Brief Description of PolarTREC:
PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is currently accepting applications from teachers for the sixth year of teacher research experiences.
Teachers are invited to submit an application to participate in field research learning experiences during the 2012 (usually Arctic) or 2012-2013 (usually Antarctic) field seasons.
PolarTREC teachers will spend two to eight weeks in the Arctic or Antarctic, working closely with researchers in the field as an integral part of the science team.

All major expenses associated with teacher participation in PolarTREC field experiences are covered by the program and program partners, including transportation to and from the field site, food, lodging, and substitute teacher costs.

Further information about PolarTREC, including program goals, requirements, and frequently asked questions, is available at:

Apply at the PolarTREC website:

Or contact PolarTREC:
Phone: 907-474-1600

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Finance a Field Trip through Target

Many teachers would like to extend their students' learning by taking them on a field trip to a museum, zoo, farm, nature center, or other informal science education venue. But tight budgets may make this almost impossible. Fortunately, Target has established a Field Trip Grant program to help teachers continue to take their students on field trips.

Each Target store will award three Field Trip Grants to K–12 schools nationwide, enabling one in 25 schools throughout the United States to send a classroom on a field trip. Teachers can use a grant to fund a school field trip that connects their curriculum to out-of-school experiences. Each grant is valued up to $700. The application period opened this week; visit the website to learn more and apply.

Don’t let tight budgets get you down! Visit the NSTA Calendar to find out about other grants for teachers.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Toilets that generate electricity - New Gates Project

Gates project info:

Toliets that generate electricity! Talk about awesome EDP.
Here is an example of a project that was awarded funding:

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

WEB Resources that might be of interest

Dan Meyer -
I'm Dan Meyer. I taught high school math between 2004 and 2010 and I
am currently studying at Stanford University on a doctoral fellowship.
My hobbies include graphic design, filmmaking, motion graphics, and
infographics, most of which have found their way into my practice in
some way or another. My specific interests include curriculum design
(answering the question, "how we design the ideal learning experience
for students?") and teacher education (answering the questions, "how
do teachers learn?" and "how do we retain more teachers?" and "how do
we teach teachers to teach?").

Sir Ken Robinson -
Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the
development of education, creativity and innovation. He is also one
of the world’s leading speakers with a profound impact on audiences
everywhere. The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the
prestigious TED Conference have been seen by an estimated 200 million
people in over 150 countries.

Dinae Ravitch

Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York
University and a historian of education. In addition, she is a
nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington,
D.C. She shares a blog called Bridging Differences with Deborah Meier,
hosted by Education Week. She also blogs for and
the Huffington Post. Her articles have appeared in many newspapers and

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Win a Professional Development Scholarship-Apply by Aug. 1

If you’re a 2nd or 3rd year secondary science teacher, you’re eligible to become a Fellow in the New Science Teacher Academy, one of NSTA’s premier programs providing professional development and mentoring. Two hundred teachers will be chosen to participate in the 2011 Academy and take advantage of cost-free, consistent online professional development activities along with face-to-face experiences.

The Academy provides each teacher with:
• A year-long, discipline-specific mentor
• Web-based content development courses and other resources
• Membership with full benefits in the NSTA
• 2012 National Conference on Science Education attendance including air travel, lodging, meals, and registration fees.

We know districts are struggling with budgetary constraints and new teachers, especially, are feeling the pain of temporary displacement. We’re working with teachers to provide flexibility in the application process while districts try to make difficult staffing choices. So we encourage you to apply to participate in the Academy even while you wait to hear about your fall classroom posting. The Academy has supported more than 600 teachers nationwide and this exciting opportunity is waiting for you.

To find out more about the Academy and how to apply for a scholarship, visit or contact the project director, Damaries Blondonville, at

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Timely Resource for AP Teachers

Timely Resource for AP Teachers

Now that the AP tests are over, we understand that you may have time for innovation. This may give you the opportunity to sample one of our nanotechnology lessons. We've simplified it for you by offering comprehensive lesson plans (many of which have been improved by teachers' feedback) and by providing materials with a typical one to two-day turnaround.

The lessons, each of which illustrates a nanotechnology concept, vary in sophistication, so that you can find one that fits your class profile. We are available to discuss them with you and provide ongoing support since we realize that nanotechnology may be new for many of you.

The available lessons are:
• Properties of Colloidal Metals on Nano Scale
• The Molecular Scale: How do you measure what you can't see?
• Effect of Size on Reactions Hydrogels - Production and Applications
• The Effect of Particle Size on Filtering Efficiency of Water
• Hydrogels - Production and Applications

You also can access analytical instruments at our partner universities in your classroom through the Internet.

The lessons can be found on our website at:

The nanotecKnowledgy team looks forward to working with you to inspire your students with this exciting, 21st century technology that will have a profound impact on their lives.

Jim Murray, PhD, Chairman, Chemistry Department, Immaculata University
David Luzzi, PhD, MBA, Dean, College of Engineering, Northeastern University
Barry Stein, PhD, Senior Consultant
Mary Burch, PhD, Consultant

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Science Teacher Academy Application Deadline: July 1, 2011

New Science Teacher Academy Application Deadline: July 1, 2011

If you’re a second- or third-year secondary science teacher, don’t miss the deadline, July 1, to apply to NSTA’s New Science Teacher Academy. The Academy supports its Fellows through mentoring and other professional development resources during their initial, challenging second and third years of teaching. Striving for quality science teaching, enhanced teacher confidence, classroom excellence, and solid content knowledge, the Academy provides the following benefits:

• Full membership in the National Science Teachers Association
• Access to the web-based content development and pedagogy activities and resources including web seminars led by national experts
• Use of vetted science websites, state and national standards sites, other professional organizations, safety tips, and more
• E-mentoring with an experienced teacher in the same science discipline and grade band
• Access to a nationwide, online network of science educators and scientists for exchange of information, ideas, and resources
• Participation in a Research Dissemination Conference or a Professional Development Institute
• Paid accommodations, airfare, meals, and registration fees to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education
Who is Eligible?
• Applicants must reside in the United States
• Applicants must be entering their second or third year of teaching
• Applicants must be working a schedule with 51 percent of their classes in middle or high school science

Download and complete an application ( to become a Fellow in the New Science Teacher Academy. July 1, 2011 is the deadline for receipt of all applications.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Physics I: Mechanics & Energy - Laboratory-Based Physics Content Institute

Physics I: Mechanics & Energy - Laboratory-Based Physics Content Institute

Supported by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Wonderful activities and research-based discipline-specific pedagogy

67.5 PDPs for completion of entire institute

$550 of supplies and equipment

Course Descripton: Investigations will involve the study of motion, change in motion, force, work, energy and power. The use of probeware for both computers and hand-held devises and data analysis software will be used extensively to facilitate .learning from nature.. The .minds-on.
pedagogy of Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (ILDs), developed at .The Center for Science and Mathematics Teaching. at Tufts University, will be modeled throughout the institute. Teacherswill leave this institute with classroom activities, written resources and an assortment of supplies and equipment (valued at ~$550) to support a technology enhanced physics curriculum.

This will be a collegial, hands-on laboratory-based course that is especially relevant to teachers in grades 7 through 12 and special education staff supporting students who are learning physics concepts.
This physics course will help you develop more competencies in physics and increase your comfort in using technology resources in support of teaching ideas related to the Massachusetts state frameworks standards in high school and middle school physics.

Dates: July 11, 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM, July 12-15 and July 18-21, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Follow-up: September 10 and December 3, 9:00 AM to 3:00PM

Location: Brockton High
School . 470 Forest Avenue, Brockton, MA

Contact: Mark D. Greenman
Mobile: 781-248-4952
Office: 703-292-5195

WEB Page:

Please note: this is not a Northeastern University program.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011



A professional development workshop for science administrators and teachers on Seismology in the Classroom will be held at the Weston Observatory, Weston, MA from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm on April 28, 2011. Weston Observatory is a geophysical research laboratory of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Boston College. The recent catastrophic events in Japan have highlighted the significance of seismic activity to nations around the world and to our own lives here in Massachusetts. Please join us to learn more about methods for monitoring seismic activity, the seismic history of New England, and the Boston College seismology program for K-12 students. All science teachers, administrators and friends are welcome! A registration fee of $35, which can be paid on site, includes lunch. For further information please contact Dianne Rees, Director of Science K-12, Braintree Public Schools at or 781-848-4000 x2279. To
register, please contact Karen Keefe at

Monday, April 11, 2011

New England Resource Directory - internship opportunities for students

New England Resource Directory
The New England Resource Directory provides information to students, advisors and administrators on outreach efforts, internships and science-related programs at New England educational institutions, and biomedical and biotechnology organizations. The directory describes non-degree programs sponsored by high schools, colleges, universities, professional and graduate schools, hospitals, private industry, foundations and government agencies.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Building Bridges @ NU and Science Quest @ UMass Amherst

Building Bridges – Northeastern University

May 20, 2011
Building Bridges
A day for high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to learn what engineering is all about. Students choose from a menu of hands-on interactive activities led by our engineering faculty and students from each of our departments. The next "Building Bridges" will be held on May 20, 2011. For more information, please e-mail Richard Harris at

Science Quest 2011 is a FREE day of exciting science experiences and career guidance for 10th and 11th grade students.

Saturday, April 9. 9:30AM - 3:40PM
Integrated Science Building Room 135

- Travel funds for low income schools.
- Teachers receive 4 PDPs
- $100 stipends for teachers bringing 6 or more students
Learn about nanotechnology, solar energy, dark matter, arsenic around the world, energy solutions, and much more!

Registration deadline is 5pm on April 7.

The event is designed for teachers to bring their classes, and parents to bring their students. All attendees will need to register individually, however. (Students do not need to attend with an adult.) All will have a great time so we hope to see you there!
Questions can be addresses to: Mike Westort, 413-577-0164

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mathematics Workshop for Middle School Teachers - Free - Musuem of Science Boston

Sunday, May 1

The National Center for Technological Literacy® at the Museum of Science, Boston, is holding free, professional development session focused on teaching mathematics at the middle school level. This session investigates teacher and student understanding of proportional reason in grades 6 - 12.

Teachers receive a certificate of attendance.

Format Workshop
Grades 6 – 12 Location Museum of Science — Museum of Science, Boston
Website Register at

Duration 3 hours 30 minutes
Reservation Register online
Fee Free

May 1, 2011: 9:00 am

Additional Professional Development Offerings at the Musuem of Science can be found at -

Engineering the Future® Half-Day Informational Session
Sunday, March 27, 2011 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 1, 2011 | 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (tentative)

Museum of Science, Boston
Cost: Free • Register: Sunday, March 27 | Sunday, May 1 (tentative)

The National Center for Technological Literacy® at the Museum of Science, Boston, is holding free, half-day, informational sessions on teaching technology / engineering. Intended for middle and high school teachers, these sessions are interactive workshops that introduce the standards-based Building Math® and Engineering the Future® programs. (Engineering the Future meets 100% of the Massachusetts Technology / Engineering Standards.)

Teachers receive a certificate of attendance and a free DVD with teacher tips and project descriptions.

Mathematics Professional Development Session
Sunday, May 1, 2011 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m

Museum of Science, Boston • Grades: 6 - 12
Cost: Free • Register: Sign up online.

The National Center for Technological Literacy® at the Museum of Science, Boston, is holding free, professional development session focused on teaching mathematics at the middle school level. This session investigates teacher and student understanding of proportional reason in grades 6 - 12.

Teachers receive a certificate of attendance.

Engineering the Future® Three-Day Institutes
June 27 - 29, 2011

Museum of Science, Boston • Cost: $350 ($400 after June 8) includes breakfast, lunch and materials • College credit: Available for an additional fee. • Register: Sign up online.

This concentrated, hands-on workshop is open to all teachers interested in expanding their knowledge of standards-based engineering design. It is ideal for those teaching Engineering the Future for the first time, or for teachers who want to gain a deeper understanding of engineering and physics applications in the classroom.

Participants work through key activities in each of the course's four projects, and have the opportunity to ask questions, practice what they've learned, and discuss concerns with course developers and experienced teachers.

"Opening the Gateway to Technology and Engineering" Summer Institute
Massachusetts Educators/Administrators Only
July 19 - July 21 | August 2 - August 4, 2011
Museum of Science, Boston • Cost: $500 • Register: Contact or call 617-589-3101.

District teams of three to five educators / administrators are invited to come to the Museum of Science to create strategic district plans. This Gateway summer institute offers the tools to implement the Massachusetts Science and Technology / Engineering Curriculum Framework (MA DOE 2001).

Professional Development Institute for Educators
Implementing Technology / Engineering Standards
August 18 - August 19 | August 22 - August 24, 2011

Museum of Science, Boston • Grades: 6 - 12 • Cost: Free • College credit: Available for an additional fee. • Register: Sign up online. (Until July 27, 2011, preference will be given to teachers from high needs districts.)

This institute provides the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and deliver a technology / engineering course that meets the Massachusetts Framework. The course demonstrates laboratory activities for teaching technology / engineering standards. Teachers learn technology / engineering content and approaches for design-based curricula that integrates science and mathematics through engineering.

Engineering the Future® Online Course
Spring Session: March 7 - April 10, 2011
Summer Session: June 20 - July 24, 2011
Fall Session: October 3 - November 6, 2011

Information and Registration
Maximum enrollment: 25 educators per session • Cost: $150 • College credit: Available for an additional fee. • Register: Sign up online.

This moderated four-week online course, which covers the same engineering education material as in the three-day institute, is ideal for high school teachers from other regions, or for those who prefer to study online.

Using course materials (such as a Snap Circuits™ electricity kit) plus other items that can be gathered from around the home, online participants perform hands-on activities, interacting with course content for about six hours per week. Additional time for designing and building projects is also required.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Student and Teacher Opportunities

NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants

The foundation provides grants to increase the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area. The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.

Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, advanced placement, or other challenging curricula are particularly encouraged. Practicing U.S. public school teachers, public school education support professionals, and faculty and staff members at public institutions of higher education may apply. The maximum grant amount is $5,000. Deadlines are February 1, June 1, and October 15 each year. For more information, visit the NEA Foundation website.

NOAA Teacher at Sea Program

Have you ever thought about shipping out to sea? This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) program will begin accepting applications for the 2011 field season October 1, 2010. The program provides a unique environment for learning and teaching by sending kindergarten through college teachers to sea aboard NOAA research and survey ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew. Then, armed with new understanding and experience, teachers bring this knowledge back to their classrooms. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2010. For more information about the program or to learn how to apply, visit the Teacher at Sea website.

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program

K–12 teachers with a strong background in science, technology, math, or engineering education are encouraged to apply to the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. Those selected will participate in a 10-month paid fellowship in Washington, D.C., working either in a Congressional office or in a federal agency. Einstein Fellows have the unique opportunity to provide those agencies with their insights and perspectives on education programs and policies.

Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $6,000 along with a $1,000 monthly cost-of-living allowance. In addition, there is a moving/relocation allowance as well as a professional travel allowance. For more information, go to the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education website.

Student Competitions

Disney's Planet Challenge

This week, Disney announced the launch of the second annual Disney’s Planet Challenge, a free project-based environmental and science competition for classrooms nationwide. Formerly open to 4th through 6th grade classrooms, Disney’s Planet Challenge is being expanded to include two tracks: one for elementary schools grades 3–5, and another for middle schools grades 6–8. The middle school curriculum will offer an increased focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

Developed in collaboration with NSTA and the K–12 Alliance, the Challenge offers students the chance to use their imagination and creativity to help the planet while giving educators a fresh new way to motivate students with the help of an educationally sound curriculum that meets national and state guideline requirements.

The national grand prize winning elementary school class will enjoy a celebration at Disneyland® Resort while middle school national winners will earn a $20,000 grant for their school. Both grand prize–winning classrooms will be illustrated and appear within a Marvel comic book. Winning teachers will receive a one year NSTA membership. The grand-prize winning educators will also receive an expense-paid trip to the national 2012 NSTA conference where they will be recognized at the NSTA awards banquet.

For more information or to enroll in the program, visit Enrollment is open through December 17, 2010.

Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors

Are you ready to stretch your imagination? The Akron Global Polymer Academy of The University of Akron is hosting the third annual Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors to encourage students in grades 5–8 to demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity by creating an invention that incorporates the use of rubber bands.

There will be two separate divisions of competition—Arts & Leisure and Science & Engineering. Four finalists will be brought to Akron, Ohio, where the first place winner and runner-up in each division, will be announced at an awards ceremony on May 14, 2011.

The first place winner in each division will receive a $1,000 savings bond, while the runner-up in each division will receive a $500 savings bond, respectively. The top eight semifinalists who are not chosen as finalists will each receive a $50 gift card. The top four schools with the most entries will each receive a $250 donation. For more information about the contest, visit the website.

Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

Earlier this month, NSTA, the Siemens Foundation, and Discovery Education announced the kick-off of the third annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, a program that educates, empowers and engages students and teachers nationwide to become “Agents of Change” in identifying and solving environmental problems. The third year of this national sustainability challenge—now expanded to include high school students—encourages all students, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, to team up with their classmates to create replicable solutions to environmental issues in their schools (grades K–5), community (grades 6–8) and world (grades 9–12).

Over 13,000 students competed in the 2010 Challenge across elementary and middle school grades. Projects ranged from reducing lunchtime waste to saving local trees and encouraging eco-friendly gardens. The grand prize team, “No1Idling” from Novi, Michigan, focused on reducing community pollution by raising awareness about the environmental impact of vehicle idling among area drivers.

Student and teacher/mentor prizes, which vary according to grade level, include savings bonds, school grants, exciting trips and much more. The deadline for all entries is March 15, 2011. Finalists and winners will be announced in April 2011 and the national winners will be announced in May 2011. For more information, visit or

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Lego Engineering Symposium - Tufts University

The LEGO Engineering Symposium aims to bring together educators that want to explore using LEGO MINDSTORMS to teach STEM concepts. This year's symposium's theme is Pushing the Envelope of STEM Learning.
Speakers will include researchers in science education, leading K-12 teachers, maverick Mindstorms users, and other folks pushing the boundaries of technologies for supporting STEM education.
We will be offering six development labs this year:
I. Seeing the Science/Engineering in Children's Thinking.
II. Integrating Engineering & Literacy.
III. SAM (Stop Action Movie Making) - Tools for Children to Create Representations of their Ideas.
IV. Labview Education Edition - The Next Generation of Programming.
V. Supporting the Development of Engineering Design Skills K-12.
VI. Physics Glasses: Augmented Reality and Other Fun Things with Image Analysis
Development labs are an opportunity for participants to learn, discuss, and develop ideas. They are different than traditional workshops in that participants spend time discussing and developing ideas that can inform classroom practice as well as product development. This year we are asking participants to pre-select the development labs they wish to participate in so that we can better plan materials and resources. All development labs will share an overview of their activities and findings on the final day of the conference.
Registration is now Open! Space is limited to 100 participants - so register early.
Visit more information and registration.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Teachers in Space - Free Workshop

Summer Workshops

In the summer of 2011, Teachers in Space will offer a series of one-week professional-development workshops for high-school-level science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers. Developed in cooperation with NASA, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and other partners, these workshops will provide teachers with an exciting look into the new world of commercial human spaceflight and suborbital science.

At the Suborbital Astronautics Workshop, teachers will learn about aeronautics and spaceflight while experiencing some of the training that future space pilots will receive. Expert instructors will include former Shuttle commander and XCOR Aerospace chief test pilot Col. Rick Searfoss (USAF-ret.). Participating teachers will fly in a glider and learn to pilot a flight simulator for the Lynx suborbital spacecraft now under development by XCOR Aerospace.

The Suborbital Astronautics Workshop will be held for the first time at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, TX on June 20-24. Repeat sessions will be held at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL on July 18-22 and the NASA Dryden AERO Institute in Palmdale, CA on July 25-29.

At the Space Medicine and Human Factors Workshop, teachers will learn about high-altitude physiology and respiration; decompression and vacuum exposure, space weather and radiation, and the effects of weightlessness, gee forces, noise, and vibration. The workshop will be held at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL on July 11-15.

At the Suborbital Flight Experiment Workshop, teachers will gain hands-on experience with space hardware as they build experiments to fly aboard an unmanned suborbital experiment as part of the Excelsior STEM mission. The workshop will be held at the NASA Dryden AERO Institute in Palmdale, CA on August 1-5.

Anyone who teaches science, technology, engineering, or math at the high-school level is encouraged to apply. Space is limited; only 25 seats are available in each workshop. The deadline for workshop applications is April 15, but selection may close early based on the number and quality of applications received. All workshops are free of charge to participating teachers. Subsidized housing will be available at a cost of $14 per night (shared rooms). Meals are not provided, but a limited number of stipends will be available to help defray the cost of meals and transportation. The maximum size of a stipend is $400. If you require a travel stipend, you are urged to apply early.

For more information, download the workshop flyers in PDF format:

Suborbital Astronautics Workshop

Space Medicine and Human Factors Workshop

Suborbital Flight Experiment Workshop

If you're ready for your next teaching adventure, then apply now.

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Look Into the Nano World - Free One Day Professional Development Opportunity - February 23, 2011 Northeastern University

We will be offering the following one-day workshop at Northeastern University on February 23, 2011.

Please complete the application available in the following link if you are interested in attending this session.

PDP's available for the session.

A Look Into the Nano World

The nanotechnology workshop’s goal is to inform you about the fundamentals of nanotechnology -- probably the most significant technology of the 21st century -- and give you tools and a sufficient comfort level so that you will bring your knowledge and enthusiasm back to your students. Workshop content includes:

What constitutes nanotechnology and how it relates to and enhances material in general science, biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics?

Discussion why knowledge of nanotechnology is increasingly important to both you and your students.

Responses to a basic student question, “Why should I be interested in nanotechnology?” through illustrations of current and future applications and products in medicine, computers, and materials, many of which have a distinct, “Science Fiction,” flavor. We will also talk about career opportunities for your students resulting from nanotechnology.

Exploration, through several hands-on experiments, of phenomena unique to the “nano scale.” As a follow-on, we provide you with all specialized materials and complete lesson plans for experiments at no cost.

Demonstration how you can easily access and use university equipment from your classroom in real time.

Addressing public concerns about safety, inherent in all new technologies; exploration of issues of risk and risk perception vs. reality.

Claire Duggan

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

ExploraVision Competition for grades K-12

ExploraVision is a science competition that encourages K – 12 students to work in groups to simulate real research and development teams. Students can select any technology from something as basic as a water fountain to something as complex as nanotechnology. The team imagines and explores what that technology could be like 20 years from now and prepares an in-depth report that conveys its vision to others. It's a hands-on, minds-on project that inspires students and fuels imagination. Get more information on the competition here, and check out their free webinar on Wednesday, January 12.

Society for Science & the Public Fellowship

Applications are now available for the Society for Science & the Public Fellowship. The SSP Fellows Program, with generous support from Intel, provides funds and training to selected U.S. science and math teachers who serve under-resourced students, to enable interested and motivated students to perform high-quality independent scientific research. The deadline is January 17. Find more information here.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) presents the 2011 Professional Development Seminar Series January 25, February 15, March 24 & April 14, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Upcoming Seminars Include:

January 25:Inquiry and the Design Process: Investigations the Integrate the Engineering Design Process, Literacy and Science

Presenters: Karen DeRusha, UMass Dartmouth; Bill Wolfson, Engineering Lens Join Karen DeRusha and Bill Woflson for a full day session to explore how inquiry-based methods can be used to bring the engineering design process into informal and formal educational settings. They will discuss a unique process for using age appropriate literature as a vehicle or children to develop problem solving skills using the engineering design process, science and math skills. Participants will engage in hands- on activities developed for Pre-k to 5th grade students to use in informal settings or the classroom.

February 15:

Groundwater Resources: Where? Why? Sustainable? Presenter: Andrew Stone, American Groundwater Trust Examine core concepts about rocks, the hydrologic system and contamination threats. Explore how .water topics. can be introduced to students and the public as exciting learning opportunities.

What are the scientific and technical basics of geology and hydrology that we need to understand to ensure that society, and the environment, can sustainably maximize the benefits of the precious asset of sub-surface water?

Talking, Writing, Reading and Doing Science: Literacy as a Tool for Teaching Science

Presenters: Karen Worth, Wheelock College and EDC; Jeff Winokur, Wheelock College and EDC Literacy is a tool for learning and understanding science.
In this workshop, Karen and Jeff will focus on how informal and museum educators can support and guide teachers as they work with students to develop the skills for carrying on informed and rigorous discussions.
Participants will engage in hands-on activities and look at samples of student work. The session will also include a discussion of the role of documentation and representation, and the importance of science notebooks.

COST: The registration fee for participants is $25/session (includes lunch). A discounted fee of $60 is offered for attending three seminars, and $80 for attending all four.

For full schedule and registration please see our website or contact us at 617-328-1515 or

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Science Teacher magazine's Call for Papers

The Science Teacher, NSTA's magazine, has put out a call for papers. If you're interested in writing an article addressing new science standards, there is a March 1 submission deadline. Other articles have ongoing submission deadlines. Author guidelines for The Science Teacher can be found here. Submissions should be submitted here.

Also, the Audobon Society is giving away 50 cameras (PlantCam's and BirdCam's) for classrooms. Entry requires a 500 to 750 word essay about why your classroom needs a BirdCam or Plant Cam and how you will use it to benefit your students. The deadline is January 31. Find more information here.

STEM ED - Umass Amherst summer program offering

STEM Digital Images in Geoscience Investigations: Teaching Analysis with

" Monday to Friday, June 27 - July 1, 2011 at UMass Amherst
" Funded by the National Science Foundation
" Sponsored by the STEM Education Institute
" Middle and High School Science, Math, and Technology Teachers
" Teams of science and computer teachers encouraged
" Participants MUST bring a digital camera, and are encouraged to
bring a laptop computer (see note at bottom of page)
" Stipends ($375 summer, $300 school year follow-up), materials,
parking, lunches
" Housing and meals for those outside the commuting radius
" 3 to 6 graduate credits available at reduced cost; free PDP's
(Professional Development Points)

STEM DIGITAL will show how digital image analysis can be applied to
environmental quality issues in ways that can readily be introduced into
STEM courses, engaging students and encouraging them to think about
related careers. The project will develop research agendas that will
employ a variety of image analysis tools. The air quality theme will
focus on the three components of the atmosphere that primarily
affect visible, infrared and ultraviolet light, respectively:
particulates and aerosols, carbon dioxide, and ozone. The water quality
theme will look at the role of plant biomass on drinking water quality
and on global carbon cycling. Arsenic is listed as number one in the US
in terms of environmental contaminants that pose a potential threat to
human health; research topics will include the identification and
mapping of local arsenic contaminated sites and bioremediation
possibilities. STEM DIGITAL will use the AnalyzingDigitalImages
software which provides free, easy-to-use tools for spatial,
temporal, spectral, and intensity measurements.

During the school year, we will continue working with the teachers on
approximately six projects spread over the fall and spring semesters.
These will be a combination of new projects, extensions from summer
projects, and data sharing projects. The timing and content of these
projects will be largely decided by the teachers during the summer
workshop to match their curriculum needs.

Three optional graduate credits will be available for the institute; the
cost will be $300 plus a $45 registration fee. Another 3 credits will be
available at $345 for the academic year component. PDP's will be
provided at no cost.

Application process: An application form and additional information are
available at Teachers should prepare a
narrative statement of how they intend to use the institute
materials in their classroom, and include in their application package
a recent resume and a letter of support from their school principal
or superintendent. The application package can be submitted by email,
fax, or US mail. Applications are due April 1. Late applications
will be accepted on a space available basis.

More information:, Voice:
413-545-0734, fax: 413-545-3697

*Note on cameras and computers: You may bring any digital camera, but
if you are shopping for one at moderate cost, we suggest the Pentax
Optio W90, recently $215 on It is ruggedly built and has
many useful features. You don't need to be an expert photographer or
computer user, but you should be comfortable with both.

Your school could own a piece of space history!

NASA is offering Space Shuttle thermal protective tiles to eligible schools, universities, and colleges on a first-come, first-serve, one per institution, basis while the supply lasts. All recipients will be responsible for the shipping and handling fee of $23.40.

Find out more here:

Nanotechnology Resources

You might want to take a look at -

nanotecKnowledgy is dedicated to bringing accessible nanotechnology content to teachers. We have constructed the program to reduce the barriers confronting teachers that are inherent in the educational system. Our program's impetus is that your students will live in the nanotechnology age and experience unimagined applications in materials, computers, and medicine. All of us have an obligation to inform them about this exciting new field.

Please watch for future course offerings to be held at NU.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Resources you might find of interest - Middle Web
(sample of some of the resources/links)

Teaching resources maven Larry Ferlazzo is well-known for his "Best of" lists (there must be hundreds). We think you'll appreciate Ferlazzo's best tools for making Bloom's thinking skills taxonomy part of a teacher's regular planning and classroom instruction. In his introduction, Larry says he set out to find resources of practical use to teachers that are not "caught up in academic jargon" and describes some ways he tries to use Bloom's with his own students. You'll find dozens of links to explore, including free posters suggested by a commenter. And if this Ferlazzo "Best of" list isn't your cup of tea, check out his - yep - Best of the 'Best of' Lists for 2010.

America's Top Young Scientist for 2010 is an eighth grader from Brookfield Academy in Brookfield WI, whose solution to a social or security issue (using science) was judged the best among more than 10,000 applicants in grades 5-8. The event is sponsored by 3M and the Discovery Education channel and offers a $50,000 grand prize and a chance to work with 3M scientists on a project. Learn about his project, the structure of the annual Challenge (which also offers prizes to finalists & semi-finalists) and how to keep up to date on the 2011 event at the link above.