Computer Science-STEM Opportunity

The Department and Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) seek educator teams from 10 districts to participate in the second year of a National Science Foundation-funded computer science and science, technology/engineering and mathematics (STEM) integration and collaboration (CS-STEM) grant program. The purpose of the program is to integrate computer science with science and mathematics education in grades 1-6. The program aims to create new models for teaching and learning through innovative curriculum and class materials. Applications are due June 30.  http://www.doe.mass.edu/news/news.aspx?id=21344

WIDA: Engaging ELs in Science June 28-29, 2017

This interactive two-day workshop offers teachers of English Learners time to delve into combining English Language Development Standards and Science Practices. In collaborative groups of educators, we will develop a common understanding of academic language in a science and engineering environment. After developing a common understanding of language expectations, we will explore strategies and supports that foster a language rich environment. Through hands-on experimentation and analysis of language embedded within the content and practices, participants will have a deeper understanding of how to engage language learners of a variety of proficiency levels. The workshop will conclude with participants applying the process to one of their lessons.  For more information please click here http://www.doe.mass.edu/conference/?ConferenceID=8390

Vex Robotics for Educators

Target Audience: 5-12 educators, VEX team coaches
Term: Summer
Date:  August 7-11, 2017; 8:30-4:30
Fee: $525

Description: This intensive program weaves together robotics concepts and practices with STEM education topics. The robotics components include VEX robot building and programming using Easy C software. A culminating task will require participants to apply their learning toward the design and programming of a robot that competes in a VEX challenge. The STEM education component includes a review of STEM standards related to robotics, application of the engineering design process, and discussions of possible classroom scenarios related to robotics and robotics challenges. Educators will be working in small teams alongside high school students (rising 9-10 graders).

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STEM/STEAM Projects

Target Audience: 4-12 grade teachers and administrators
Term: Summer
Date:  July 26, 2017; 8:30-3:30
Registration Fee: $85*

Description: This day of STEM & STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) projects offers participants the opportunity to engage with two different design challenges. First, participants are introduced to the framework of STEM and STEAM and then continue with two integrated STEM projects. Following each project educators will work in grade-level teams to modify the challenges to best fit their students' level of understanding.

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* A 15% discount of the total PD cost is given for those who sign up for two or more 1-day PDs (Engineering a Story, STE Framework, Developing and Using Models, and STEM/STEAM Projects).

Developing and Using Models

Target Audience: K-12 teachers and administrators
Term: Summer
Date:  July 25, 2017; 8:30-3:30
Fee: $85*

Description: This PD unpacks the second NGSS practice: Developing and Using Models. Participants will examine a variety of ways to model/represent a phenomenon and discuss the ways that scientists, engineers, and mathematicians use models in their daily work. Participants will then engage in two hands on activities related to developing and using models and share resources for standard based modeling activities.  

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* A 15% discount of the total PD cost is given for those who sign up for two or more 1-day PDs (Engineering a Story, STE Framework, Developing and Using Models, and STEM/STEAM Projects).

Teaching with the 2016 MA STE Framework

Target Audience: K-12 grade teachers and administrators
Term:  Summer
Date:  July 19, 2017; 8:30-3:30
Fee: $85*

Description: Let’s unpack the standards and practices in the 2016 MA STE Framework together! Participants will review the spiral structure of core ideas and unpack the 8 science and engineering practices. Participants then engage in hands on tasks and projects that emphasize the integration of content and practices. The workshop ends with sharing resources that are aligned with the 2016 Framework.       

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* A 15% discount of the total PD cost is given to those who sign up for two or more 1-day PDs (Engineering a Story, STE Framework, Developing and Using Models, and STEM/STEAM Projects).

Engineering a Story

Target Audience: PK-8 educators
Term: Summer
Date:  July 18, 2017; 8:30-3:30
Fee: $85*

Description: This fun and engaging workshop offers a hands-on approach for educators to explore practical ways for using engineering design and thinking skills to enrich learning and expose students to concepts of engineering from a young age. Aligned with the NGSS, this PD presents methods for using a text (fiction or non-fiction) as the context for problem solving. Teachers will use books they already use in the classroom to identify a key problem, generate solutions, focus on the best fit solution and design a prototype to solve the problem presented in the book. This process engages students of any age, fosters critical reading and thinking skills, and stresses creativity and multiple solutions approach. Engineering a Story** does not require any additional curriculum. Instead, it builds on classroom texts already used by teachers and thus creates a true integration of subjects.

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* A 15% discount of the total PD cost is given for those who sign up for two or more 1-day PDs (Engineering a Story, STE Framework, Developing and Using Models, and STEM/STEAM Projects).

** This program is adapted from Bill Wolfson's Engineering Lens program.

LEGO Robotics for Educators

Target Audience: Due to high demand, WPI offers three types of LEGO Robotics programs: 

  • An entry level program for K-4 grade teachers with no prior experience with robotics,  
  • An entry level program for 5-7 grade teachers with no prior experience with robotics, and
  • An advanced program for 5-12 grade teachers who would like to expand their knowledge with advanced programming and challenging tasks.

Term: Summer
Dates: 
           - LEGO Robotics for Educators I: July 10-14; 8:30-4:30
           - LEGO Robotics for Educators II: July 17-21, July 24-28, or July 31-August 4; 8:30-4:30
           - LEGO Robotics for Educators III: July 10-14, July 17-21 or August 7-11; 8:30-4:30
Fee for any level: $525

Description (for all levels): All LEGO Robotics for Educators programs include two main components: LEGO Mindstorms EV3 programming, and STEM education pedagogy. The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 component involves hands on practice of using the different sensors to program a robot; the advanced program will focus on more challenging programming & tasks.  The STEM education component includes a review of robotics & engineering related standards, the engineering design process, and discussions of possible classroom scenarios related to robotics challenges. Participants leave the programs with LEGO robotics and general STEM resources. In all LEGO programs educators will be working in small teams alongside middle school students.

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TouchTomorrow for Educators

Target Audience: All
Date: June 10, 2017
Fee: Free 

Description: PK-12 educators in formal, informal, and home-school settings are invited to attend special educators' workshops as part of WPI’s annual TouchTomorrow festival. Join us to learn about bringing STEM to your students through robotics and engineering challenges, and about the many opportunities to engage with the STEM Education Center at WPI or in your school. These free workshops are limited to 20 participants each and require pre-registration; Register here.

  • 10:00-10:50   Teaching STEM and Engineering Design
  • 11:30-12:30   Teaching Robotics (for educators/parents of students grade 4 and up)
  • 1:30-2:20         Seeds of STEM: Teaching problem solving to young children (for educators/parents of children grade PK-2)
  • 2:30-3:20         Teaching STEM and Engineering Design 

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Chemistry and E&M Massachusetts Modeling Workshops

Dates: July 10-21, 2017

Workshop leaders: David Farabee and Stephen Colbert

Location: Norfolk County Agricultural High School- Walpole, MA (near Boston).

Fees: $900 - 3 graduate credits available through Framingham State University for an additional $225.

Sign up formtinyurl.com/ModChemMA2017

For more information:
Teresa Marx: msmarx@gmail.com &
Ariel Serkin ariel.serkin@gmail.com

E&M

Aside from the Intro  E&M workshop at Sienna College   Darren Broder will host and lead the E&M Modeling Workshop™

Dates: July 31 - August 11

Workshop leader: Darren Broder dbroder@siena.edu

Location: Merrimack College in North Andover, MA,

Register:  www.merrimack.edu/modelingworkshop

2017 NSELA Summer Leadership Institute

Dimensions and Dynamos: Leading for Success in a Transitional Era of New Standards and Technology

June 28-July 1, 2017
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

The 2017 NSELA Summer Leadership Institute, “Dimensions and Dynamos: Leading for Success in a Transitional Era of New Standards and Technology “, will be held in Omaha, Nebraska, from Wednesday, June 28 through Saturday, July 1, 2017. The focus of our work will braid together three important facets of the work for science leadership:

  1. Cultivating Three Dimensional Learning In States, Districts and Schools (with NSTA)
  2. Leadership in Aligning Technology with Standards-based Learning
  3. Become a Dynamo in your Community: Create an Ecosystem of STEM Learning

Early Bird Registration ends June 1.  Save $130 and register now! 
Registration and other details at http://nsela.net/sli/

Registration for summer professional learning workshops is open

Led by experienced Code.org facilitators, we offer K-5 teachers a no cost, one-day workshop in Computer Science Fundamentals. Our workshops receive rave reviews, and are open to any K-5 teacher - no computer background needed. Integrate computer science once a week in your classroom with our 20-hour courses for beginners. You’ll learn how to introduce computer science basics in a format that's fun and accessible to the youngest learners and you’ll also receive all the supplies you need to teach!

Computer science is key to opening so many doors for students in today’s world, and this movement is just getting started, thanks to you! Half a million passionate teachers like you have already signed up on Code.org to make sure students have every opportunity to succeed. Take another step to grow K-12 computer science today!

Paid PD Opportunity at ComSciCon!

BiteScis Professional Development at ComSCiCon

Calling all science educators! High school science teachers from any Boston-area institution (public or private school) are invited to apply for the June 2017 Communicating Science Workshop K12 Session run by the BiteScis team! This workshop will take place Saturday, June 10th from 8:30 am–5:00 pm in Cambridge, MA.

This unique professional development experience will provide educators with a fantastic opportunity to meet young leaders in science communication and come away with material you can use in your classroom. The workshop attendees will work with graduate students in STEM disciplines to produce readings and an innovative lesson plan using current cutting edge research and data. This event is an exciting opportunity for educators to work directly with scientists to develop methods for communicating complex technical concepts to a 9–12 audience. Our goal is for you to walk away with something you can use in your classroom.

Application, registration, and attendance to the workshop is free of charge for accepted applicants. Please note that we are unable to provide travel support this year. In order to attend you must be located in the Boston area, or be willing to fund your own travel to and from Cambridge.

All applicants selected to attend will receive a $250 stipend.  Please pass this information on to other teachers who may be interested!

Applications will close Friday, May 19th at 11:59 pm.  Selected educators will be notified by May 26th.

Professional Development offered at BSU

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University is offering the following opportunities for teachers.  Additional details and links to register for all programs below can be found online at http://microsites.bridgew.edu/case/prek-12-teachers 

  • The Great American Solar Eclipse
  • Open Lab Night for High School and Middle School Teachers
  • Macro to Micro Professional Development for Teachers
  • CH560 Matter: From Atoms to Macromolecules
  • BIO 514: Advances in Biomedical Biology – Teaching Cancer Biology

MITS Summer Professional Development Institutes

MITS Summer Professional Development Institutes provide grades 3-12 educators with opportunities to explore STEM content through inquiry-based activities and visits to field trip sites. All activities are designed to help educators meet State Frameworks and create interdisciplinary connections. Participants can choose to receive PDPs, or graduate credit and PDPs.

Computer Modeling Institute For details and to register, visit: http://mits.org/summer-2017-opportunity-computer-modeling-institute/

Making Waves: Exploring Water and Marine Science to Engage Your Students in Inquiry:  For more information: http://mits.org/2017-summer-professional-development-institutes-cape-cod-region/

New Visions for a Changing World: Towards a Pedagogy of Climate Change:  For more information: http://mits.org/2017-summer-professional-development-institutes-metrowest-region/

Research and Resiliency: Investigating the Local Effects of Global Changes:  For more information: http://mits.org/2017-summer-professional-development-institutes-north-shore-region/

From Solar to Polar: Designing Sustainable Solutions:  For more information: http://mits.org/2017-summer-professional-development-institutes-southeast-region/

Exploring the Berkshires: From the Top of its Mountains to the Bottom of its Ponds:  For more information: http://mits.org/2017-summer-professional-development-institutes-berkshire-region/