Friday, September 21, 2012

Siemens Competition and Resources

STEM Academy -Teacher Resources

Join your fellow educators by sharing your favorite lesson plans, tips, tricks, ideas, presentations, websites, videos and other STEM related resources that may prove useful for others who want to expand their classroom materials. Looking to grow your own library of resources to inspire your students? Browse this intriguing and ever-broadening collection of resources already submitted.

What Is The Challenge? Become Agents of Change!

The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is the premier national environmental sustainability competition for grades K-12 students. Through project-based learning, students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet. Beginning September 13, 2012 through March 5, 2013, teams from across the country will be challenged to create sustainable, reproducible environmental improvements in their local communities.
To date, more than 62,000 students have participated in the Challenge. Give your students the opportunity, tools and inspiration to make a difference and become agents of change. Click on a grade band below to get started.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Cubist Science Education Leadership Award

Cubist Science Education Leadership Award
Cubist is once again seeking nominations for the Science Education Leadership Award program, which honors innovative science teachers in middle and high schools in New England. This is the fourth straight year that Cubist has teamed up with the New England Patriots Radio Network, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and its 36-station radio network to recognize science teachers during the Patriots season.

Throughout the season, a “Teacher of the Week” will be announced during the New England Patriots radio broadcast. At the end of the season, one of these teachers will be selected as the recipient of the Cubist Science Education Leadership Award and win $5,000 for the teacher’s school science department. The award winner will also have a special meet-and-greet with Patriots broadcasters at the CBS Scene in Foxboro at the final home game of the season, and a Patriots alumni player will make a special appearance at the teacher’s school.
Consider nominating a teacher today at . Teachers will be selected based on their innovative efforts to engage their students in the classroom.

OpenCourseWare brings reality TV to OpenCourseWare

Step into my lab: MIT OpenCourseWare brings reality TV to OpenCourseWare

A new series of videos to be published this fall follow fourteen MIT freshmen through their introduction to hands-on science.

Each year, groups of MIT freshmen are introduced to MITs laboratory environment through a four-week January course called 5.301 Introductory Lab Techniques. The stakes are high—students who pass the class are guaranteed a job in an MIT research lab. This fall, MIT OpenCourseWare will follow a group of fourteen students as they face the challenges of learning Chemistry the MIT way through a unique series of videos called ChemLab Boot Camp.

The videos shot in a style that mixes the geek fun of open educational resources with the immediacy of reality TV, brings viewers closer to the experience of being an MIT student than ever before. Follow the students as they struggle to master the intricacies of working with solvents and compete to create the largest crystals. The videos are part of a broader effort funded by the Dow Chemical Corporation to foster interest in science and engineering careers.

The episodes will be released on each week though the fall, starting in September.

Watch the trailer here:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

MIT BLOSSOMS Announces Lesson Contest for High School Teachers

MIT BLOSSOMS Announces Lesson Contest for High School Teachers

With school opening for the 2012/2013 academic year, BLOSSOMS is inviting high school teachers to submit lessons in Mathematics, Science or Engineering that they believe would make excellent video lessons. Submissions are due by Monday, December 3rd, 2012, and winners will be announced by Monday, February 4thth, 2013. Winning teachers will travel to MIT with all expenses paid to film their new BLOSSOMS lessons. For contest details, read more.