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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.  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.   

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:
 
Great Resources are Available on the Teaching Channel Website
 https://www.teachingchannel.org/

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. 
 
Miami University Offerings 
Applications are now being accepted for 2015 field courses and the Global Field Master's Program, which offers groundbreaking courses in 13 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Earth Expeditions graduate courses and the Global Field Program (GFP) master's degree bring together graduate students, scientists, educators and community leaders at critical conservation sites worldwide.  Earth Expeditions and the GFP can be completed part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. They are open to educators and other professionals who hold a bachelor's degree from any discipline. For more information and to apply, please visit:  Earth Expeditions: http://www.earthexpeditions.miamioh.edu/superintendents
Global Field Program: http://gfp.miamioh.edu/superintendents or CONTACT: Mary Jo Lahrmann,Project Dragonfly, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056   513.529.8573, lahrmamj@miamioh.edu

Central MA Readiness Center Offerings 

For more information, see this link.  

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... 

2014-2015 PD Offerings from the STEM Education Center at WPI
Register Now for Upcoming PD
Teaching and Learning with STEM Projects is a series of four workshops with each one focusing on a different design challenge. It demonstrates a true integration of the four STEM strands and encourages participants to share STEM projects they have done in their classrooms. Participants can sign up for one or more workshops. The first session on October 29 (3:30-6:30) will engage participants in designing a (simple) biomedical device. 

Unpacking NGSS and MA STE Workshopon November 11 (Veteran's Day) from 8:30-12:30 will be a time to explore these two resources and discuss classroom applications.

Learn more and register for all opportunities... 

Fall Teacher Lecture Series Focuses on Research in Robotics and Robotics in the Classroom
There has been a date change for the fall Teacher Lecture Series at WPI. The event will now be held on November 20, 2014. In the series, WPI faculty present groundbreaking research and how the principles of this research can be applied to a K-12 classroom. Following the WPI faculty member, a K-12 educator presents engaging classroom activities addressing similar topics that can be applicable to multiple grade levels. The fall presentation will showcase the research of WPI Professor Greg Fischer who is involved in both Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at WPI. He is also the director of the Automation and Interventional Medicine Robotics Lab. He and an educator who uses robotics with their students will give participants a variety of views on the field ranging from cutting edge research to real classroom applications. Registration opens Tuesday, October 14. Learn more by visiting the website or emailing Katie Elmes.   

Call for Applications for AweSTEM!
WPI's Annual Event for STEM Educators
What do you do that engages students in STEM subjects? We want you to share those practices at AweSTEM!, WPI's annual event for STEM Educators. For the first time, the STEM Education Center at WPI will be seeking individuals or team presenters through an open application process. Look for the application and more details in the November newsletter. We encourage all educators who feel they have something to share on this topic to consider applying and hope to have applications from all subject areas and all grades. See more about past AweSTEM! events...

Planning Your In-School STEM PD? Call Us!
The STEM Education Center develops and conducts in-school PDs for PK-12 educators. These can be stand-alone days, half-days, or a series of days. We offer a consultation meeting to learn about your needs prior to developing your PD opportunity. Read more about suggested topics and contact Mia Dubosarsky to learn more. 

Elementary Educators Needed to Try Cyberwatches for Math Learning
WPI Professor Ivon Arroyo and her team are looking for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade teachers interested in having their students participate in a math game that teaches them about geometrical figures and their properties. The research involves a new line of learning technology products to support math learning outdoors or in a gym that participants will receive at no cost to use with their students. Learn more or contact Ivon Arroyo by email to participate. 

Free PD Day from our PLTW Team - Open to All STEM Educators - Registration Required
November 15, 2014; 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
On Saturday, November 15, WPI will hold several teacher PD classes from 8:30-4:30. These classes will be for current PLTW teachers - and others who could benefit from the topics - who would like a refresher, to brush-up, or to learn more about Inventor or VEX. Due to grant support, funds are available to cover lunch and up to $100 for travel reimbursement to WPI's Worcester, MA campus. Register now and select "WPI, MA" when doing so. Space is limited. Learn more...

WPI Hosts 27th Math Meet
WPI will host its 27th Annual Invitational Math Meet for teams of high school students from across the state. It is anticipated that 88 school teams of 4 students each plus one advisor will join us on that day. Learn more...
 
Teaching and Learning with STEM Projects is a series of four workshops with each one focusing on a different design challenge. It demonstrates a true integration of the four STEM strands and encourages participants to share STEM projects they have done in their classrooms. Participants can sign up for one or more workshops. The first session on October 29 (3:30-6:30) will engage participants in designing a (simple) biomedical device. 

Unpacking NGSS and MA STE Workshopon November 11 (Veteran's Day) from 8:30-12:30 will be a time to explore these two resources and discuss classroom applications.

Learn more and register for all opportunities... 

Call for Applications for AweSTEM!
WPI's Annual Event for STEM Educators
What do you do that engages students in STEM subjects? We want you to share those practices at AweSTEM!, WPI's annual event for STEM Educators. For the first time, the STEM Education Center at WPI will be seeking individuals or team presenters through an open application process. Look for the application and more details in the November newsletter. We encourage all educators who feel they have something to share on this topic to consider applying and hope to have applications from all subject areas and all grades. See more about past AweSTEM! events...

Planning Your In-School STEM PD? Call Us!
The STEM Education Center develops and conducts in-school PDs for PK-12 educators. These can be stand-alone days, half-days, or a series of days. We offer a consultation meeting to learn about your needs prior to developing your PD opportunity. Read more about suggested topics and contact Mia Dubosarsky to learn more. 

Registration is Open: 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, helps 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 and register by Saturday, October 11...

Save The Date - User Groups at Mass Academy
On Saturday, December 6 from 8 am - 1 pm, Mass Academy will host a variety of users groups in which teachers will come together and share ideas and best practices around a common topic.  Some of the topics include:  iPads in the classroom, project-based learning in science, TI 84 and TI-Nspire, demonstrations in the physics classroom, and engineering projects.  The cost will be $10.  Further information and registration will be available November 1st.

Free Virtual Resource for Middle School Science
Are you interested in bringing a virtual lab simulation to your classroom that's aligned with NGSS standards? Well now middle school teachers in physical, life, and earth science can do just that. Inq-ITS, an online educational environment designed by the SLINQ group, lets students interact with material in an engaging way while also providing teachers with real time, actionable data. For physical science, there's even built-in tutoring available with Rex the dinosaur. Contact Professor Janice Gobert (508-831-5619) to bring Inq-ITS to your class or school. 
 
Master's for Educators Programs
Math and Physics
Classes in the master's for educators programs in both math and physics get started in the beginning of September. Educators are welcome to join a class without formally enrolling in a program to try it out as well as to use the class for professional development instead of a complete master's degree. Find out more on their website or contact Katie Elmes with questions

Curiosity Hacked - For Your Students
Wednesdays, 4-6PM at Worcester ThinkTank
Curiosity Hacked Worcester is a chapter of a national, non-profit, inclusive organization dedicated to addressing the needs of the global maker community through STEAM (STEM + Arts) education and skill building. At weekly meetings for kids 5-8 and 9-18, they teach and award Badges in skills such Soldering, Circuit Design, C++ Programming, Robotics, Woodworking and Music to name just a few. Meeting activities and Badge curricula are heavily project focused with a strong emphasis on the completion of hand-on activities over lectures and slides. They are looking for volunteer mentors who can teach skills or topics of interest/expertise at Wednesday afternoon meetings of 9 to 16 year old girls and boys. Learn more...

ASSISTments
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. 

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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