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  • Friday, July 12, 2019 7:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Science & Us  is and organization that hosts workshops to help peers create their own communication work—anything that conveys a STEM topic of their choice to various audiences—and learn about careers bridging STEM and the public. Our summer Makeathon will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Saturday, August 17th, 2019! 

    For more information, please check out the flyer for this event or contact Parin Shaik at parin@scienceandus.org.


  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Arnold Arboretum is having information sessions for volunteers interested in sharing nature with and teaching science to Boston Public School students through our Field Study Guide program.

    Our target audience is people who have experience teaching, but are not currently working full-time. Retired public school teachers would be ideal.

    Are retirees among those that receive your e-newsletter?

    If so, would you be willing to include a blurb in it about our upcoming information sessions, please?  They are: July 17th or August 7th, 10am  - 11am.

    More details are provided in this flyer.


  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Start a FREE Girls Who Code Club Today! 

    Join students and educators across the country by partnering with Girls Who Codeto bring computer science opportunities to elementary, middle, and high school girls in your community! Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE after-school programs for 3rd-5th or 6th-12th grade girls to join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and use computer science to change the world. Learn more by checking out our Clubs Overview or by joining an upcoming Girls Who Code webinar.

    Ready to join the movement? Complete a Clubs application here!

    Have questions? Contact Girls Who Code at clubs@girlswhocode.com!


  • Friday, June 14, 2019 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A U.S. National Model STEM Education Initiative

    Program Start: September 2019

    Inquiry Deadline: June 17, 2019

    Contact: Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Center Director
    National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
    (USA) 301-395-0770, jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org

    The Opportunity for Your Community

    
Your school district, even a single large school, conducts an authentic, and grade level appropriate, science research competition September to November 2019, for typically 300 of your students in the grade 5-12 range.

    In your community, teams of 3-5 students would each design and write a formal proposal for a microgravity experiment (an experiment in a 'weightless'environment) in a science discipline of their choice, to be conducted on the International Space Station. The essential question driving experiment designis:

    What physical, chemical, or biological system would I like to explore with gravity seemingly turned off for a period of time, as a means of assessing therole of gravity in that system?

    A curriculum and content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science conducted in microgravity and experiment design, and a 2-hour professional development video-conference is conducted for your entire educator team before program start.

    Each Science experiment must be designed against the Engineering constraints imposed by the flight certified mini-laboratory that must be used, and by the real world Technology constraints of flight operations to and from Low Earth Orbit. This is authentic, real world STEM, as a project-based learning initiative.

    A 2-step proposal review process, using a formal proposal evaluation rubric, culminates in a national review board meeting at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, in December 2019, and selecting one of your student team experiments to launch from Kennedy Space Center on a SpaceX rocket in late Spring 2020. Your community's experiment will be transported 250 miles above Earth's surface to the International Space Station where it will be operated by the astronauts for a month, and then returned to your student flight team for harvesting and analysis. You can send a delegation of students, parents, teachers, and administrators to the launch in Florida, and to the SSEP National Conference held at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in early July, in Washington, DC. 

    This competition mirrors how professional scientists and engineers compete for limited research resources, such as access to unique facilities or funding,through a call for proposals from organizations like NASA, NSF, or NIH. If the core objective of formal education is to prepare our students for the real world, then students exploring STEM careers ought to understand what is expected of them. It is why SSEP was created.

    SSEP is not a simulation. Since each participating community is assigned one experiment slot for transport to the International Space Station, we are truly offering you your own space program, and an opportunity for hundreds of your students to become very real researchers, going through the exact same process as professional researchers.  

    You can also conduct art and design competitions (grades K-16) resulting in up to two Mission Patches to fly with your experiment. The design theme is the 50th anniversary of Apollo on the Moon, and many communities are using SSEP Mission 14 as a way to commemorate the Moon landings - the most remarkable journeys ever undertaken by the human race. What better way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo than having your own space program engaging the next generation?

    To explore this opportunity for your community, read the Announcement of
    Opportunity: http://ssep.ncesse.org/?p=24630

    For complete program details, carefully read the home page, which serves as a
    program Executive Summary: http://ssep.ncesse.org

  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019 11:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Register now for habitat exploration, hands-on fieldwork, and classroom seminars taught by Mass Audubon educators and scientists!

    Complete information can be found in this announcement

  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019 11:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NASA will be returning this season for the Sept 19th STEM Day at Fenway, presented by CITGO, as we focus on Space and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing.

    Each year the Boston Red Sox host STEM Education Days where we welcome over 4,000 students and their educators to the ballpark. As part of this program students will learn STEM related curriculum via lectures and interactive exhibits in a STEM Fair in the morning leading up to the game. 

    Below is a video from one of last year’s events, and here is a link to the website with a bit more information.

    STEM Day Video 2018

    Sept 19th

    $20-$25 per person and includes the STEM Day educational programming in the morning and ticket to the 1pm game to follow.

    Please give me a call to reserve your school’s participation as space is limited!

    In addition we have a number of ways to involve your school community this season, from end/start of the year celebrations, to teacher appreciation outings, class trips, and PTO fundraisers please let me know how I can be of service and for more information please click here.


  • Wednesday, June 05, 2019 8:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Arnold Arboretum offers a free, 5-day summer institute in August aimed at educators of 6th – 12th graders. We’d like to get the word out to teachers about this hands-on opportunity to gain professional training in field science education. 

    Intended audience: Middle and High School teachers

    August 12-16; 8:30am – 2:30pm

    Investigating Ecosystems Through Fieldwork – Summer Institute

    Participants will learn and practice fieldwork techniques in the study of two ecosystems:  an urban forest and a meadow. During the institute, teachers/participants will sample the biodiversity of each area, gather abiotic data, examine the interrelationship between organisms, and learn more about decomposition, soil and nutrient cycling. Guest speakers will share their expertise in data gathering, fieldwork, botany, and ecosystems. Participants will spend about half their time outdoors working in teams, with indoor time spent in analysis, reflection and sharing of best practices.

    Goals of the Institute

    1.  To give teachers needed knowledge about plants and their environments that will enable them to create lessons/units of study aligned with the new Massachusetts Science, Technology, and Engineering Standards.

    2.  To expose teachers to using the outdoors in general, and the Arnold Arboretum in particular, as a means for teaching life science standards.

    3.  To share resources, teaching ideas, materials, and expertise with teachers so they can feel confident in and comfortable with leading purposeful life science lessons, both indoors and outdoors.

    4.  To develop relationships with teacher teams within BPS schools for continued professional development during the school year, including school visits by Arboretum Educators and facilitated field trips to the Arboretum.

    Teacher Benefits

    • Free, high quality professional development taught by professors and Arboretum staff.
    • 30 PDPs for 5 day attendance.
    • For BPS teachers:  Bus transportation for a self-guided field trip to the Arboretum during the following school year.
    • Teachers from demographics similar to Boston Public School students will be considered for the bus benefit.
    • Access to resources and education staff throughout the year.
    • Breakfast, drinks and snacks provided daily.
    • A collegial atmosphere set in a beautiful landscape for timely and relevant learning.

     Complete details can be found at the website.

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Register now for habitat exploration, hands-on fieldwork, and classroom seminars taught by Mass Audubon educators and scientists. Complete details can be found on this flyer


  • Friday, May 10, 2019 2:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Want some great teacher lead PD that focuses on solving your own problems of practice? Have 8 Saturdays this coming academic year to spend problem solving and collaborating with like-minded colleagues? Don't mind stipend money? Read about the fellowship below! 

    The mission of the program is to build democratic teaching expertise in Boston teachers, empowering them to engage low-income, minority youth in STEM subjects. Through democratic learning experiences, students construct identities of themselves as capable citizens who use critical science agency to transform their own lives and bring about positive change in their communities. 

    Fellows who are selected for the program participate in a community of practice with like-minded STEM educators. Twice over the course of the year, Fellows publish a 3-5 minute digital story demonstrating a new democratic teaching practice. In June, Fellows and a group of their students participate in the annual Sci-Ed Innovators Showcase and Expo. Fellows who complete the program will receive a $2000 stipend. 

    If you’d like to learn more about the Fellowship, you can read the fellowship information page. The application for the Fellowship can be accessed online, and application will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a final deadline on August 15th. If you have any questions about the program please feel free to reach out to Kate Darling (kdarling@sciedinnovators.org). Visit http://sci-ed.net/ to learn more!  

  • Thursday, May 09, 2019 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HAPPENING: A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION

    Now Available for FREE to Teachers

    Watch as Robert Redford’s son James Redford explores the factors driving the transition to clean energy in his feature documentary HAPPENING. To further engage students, the Redford Center created TEACHING HAPPENING, an interdisciplinary, modular curriculum developed to work alongside HAPPENING. Click here to watch a short trailer.

    Free to teachers, the classroom version of the film runs 50 minutes and the curriculum is aligned with national standards for grades 6-12 in Science and English.  To access your free HAPPENING streaming link and educational curriculum, click here


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