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Learn, Earn, & Win:  

Office Depot Foundation  (up to $1000) 
    Office Depot grants support projects focused on any of their strategic priorities:  giving children tools to succeed in school and in life, building the capacity of non-profit organizations, and helping communities prepare for disasters.  Accepting applications NOW!

CVS Grants (up to $5000) 
   CVS grants support academic enrichment programs focused on wellness at public schools. The deadline for 2013 is now past.  Check back in fall 2014.  CVS
 also offers a Gift Card for a Fundraiser - $100  See this link.  

Toshiba Grants for K-5 Teachers
   Toshiba grants support projects that tap into the natural curiosity of their students, enable students to frame their own scientific questions, and incorporate the expertise of community partners.  The grants are due October 1st of each year.  Think now for next year!  

Toshiba Grants for 6-12 Teachers 
   Toshiba grants for 6-12 teachers support science and math education.  Grants for projects that are less than $5000 are accepted anytime.

American Honda Foundation 
   Honda grants support education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.  

Professional Learning Opportunities:

Final Version of NGSS Released
The final set of Next Generation Science Standards has now been publically released. Massachusetts will determine what level of adoption to take. View the standards. 

Central MA Readiness Center Offerings 

For more information, see this link.  

Summer PD at Mass Academy
Summer workshops at Mass Academy of Math and Science will focus on technology integration and NGSS implementation at all levels. Topics include: 
  • Implementing NGSS at the Elementary School Level through Integrated STEM Activities
  • NGSS in the High School Chemistry Classroom
  • Integrating NGSS and Common Core at the Middle School Level
  • Everything Data in a Science Classroom
  • Using Project-Based Learning to Teach Upper Level Physics Concepts to High Needs Students
  • Using Case Studies to Promote Technical Literacy in a Biology Classroom

Annual MA STEM Summit Comes to Worcester
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
This year, the annual Massachusetts STEM Summit will be held at the DCU Center in Worcester. An excellent opportunity for those interested in the state of STEM in MA and what it will take to ensure continued growth in these fields, WPI and the STEM Education Center are excited to be involved in a range of ways. Learn more about the event... 

Save the Date: Massachusetts Project Lead The Way Conference at WPI
Friday, October 17, 2014
Project Lead The Way's world-class, activity-, project-, problem-based STEM curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development, combined with an engaged network of partners, help students develop the skills to succeed in our global economy. Join us for this professional development conference for school counselors, curriculum specialists, principals, teachers, district administrators, and interested business, industry, and workforce development professionals. Learn more...

VEX Robotics for Educators: August 4-8
This program is a combination of robotics concepts and practices with STEM education topics. The robotics components will focus on VEX robot building and programming using Easy C software. Participants will apply their learnings in the designing of a robot. The STEM education component includes a review of science, engineering, math, and computer science standards, and discussions of possible classroom scenarios related to robotics and robotics challenges. Learn more and register... 

Advanced VEX Robotics for Educators: July 21-August 1
A cohort of teachers will work alongside high school students to learn the theory and practice behind VEX robotics. Participants will learn to build and design their own VEX robot, learn about different sensors and how to use them, program a robot, and participate in a robotics challenge against other participating teams. Integration of STEM education topics will enrich the PD experience. Learn more and register...  

A free classroom tool that allows teachers to write individual lessons that are composed of questions and associated hints, solutions, and videos that engage students and teachers in active learning. 

Mass Academy PD
An accelerated high school for 11th and 12th graders interested in STEM, they offer multiple professional development opportunities both at Mass Academy and in schools. 

Project Lead The Way
A nationally acclaimed STEM curriculum for students from elementary school to grade 12 that is standards-based and project-based, and uses real-world problem solving as a framework. 

Research Experience for Teachers
Funded by the National Science Foundation, middle school educators spend six weeks at WPI researching in biomedical engineering and look at how to incorporate the engineering design process into their existing curricula.  A limited number of positions for teachers to participate are available. Scientific research will take place on the broad topic of sustainable infrastructure materials and teachers will work with the STEM Education Center to develop actionable lesson plans. The opportunity runs from June 30-August 8 and participants receive a stipend of $500 per week. Applications are due April 25th. Download the application here...

Science Learning by Inquiry (Inq-ITS)
Inq-ITS, a new system, provides real-time scaffolding to students as they engage in inquiry with science microworlds. Educators get real-time feedback and can pinpoint which students need help on which skills. 

STEM Education Center PD
Professional development opportunities for educators of all kinds and all grade levels. Programs are offered in a range of STEM topics both at WPI as well as in schools. 

WPI Programs for Your Student Group
Engineering Ambassadorsundergraduate students who present at local middle schools and high schools to educate students on the importance of engineering to the health, happiness, and safety of our world. 
High School Programming Contes- open to high school students. It takes place in March at WPI. 
Invitational Math MeetTeams of students can apply for the October meet to compete in the individual and team challenges. 
Middle School ToursOpportunities are available for middle school students to visit WPI's campus to discover STEM with some of our top undergraduate students. 
Robotics Competitions - WPI Robotics hosts numerous competitions for middle and high school teams. 
Water Rocket CompetitionFrom kindergarten to high school, teachers can bring a team of students to compete in the annual competition. 

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